Singapore University of Social Sciences

Cloud Computing: Business Case and Technical Models

Cloud Computing: Business Case and Technical Models (ICT335)


ICT335, Cloud Computing: Business Case and Technical Models, is meant to provide an overview of the field of Cloud Computing and provide a framework for selecting the optimal combination of cloud technology to meet business requirements. Students will learn the essential characteristics of Cloud Computing, examine why cloud computing is changing IT services across the Internet, and explain how Cloud Computing’s flexibility can lower costs, increase service to deliver a new business model for both users and providers of Internet-based services. The framework includes business model drivers, technical theory, and comparison to historical alternatives. In addition, students will build a working technical knowledge of Cloud Computing, including use of virtualization software.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • The emergence and evolution of Cloud Computing
  • Financial advantages of Cloud Computing
  • Green IT advantages of Cloud Computing
  • Impact of Cloud Computing in various Industries/Sectors
  • Roles in the new Cloud Computing Eco-System
  • Technical and business models of Cloud Computing: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
  • Service-Oriented Architecture as a step toward Cloud Computing
  • Basic approach to a data center-based SOA
  • Implementation of Cloud Computing using Open Source software
  • Install and operate Sun Linux-based VirtualBox

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the history and evolution of Cloud Computing
  • Explain the core elements of a true cloud
  • Apply business economics to evaluate a cloud provider
  • Differentiate & distinguish the different types of clouds
  • Analyze Service-Oriented Architecture in reference to cloud
  • Demonstrate Desktop Virtualization
  • Recommend IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS technologies
  • Formulate calculation for practicing cloud economics
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