Datacenter components


Take a deep dive into datacenters to discover how they are laid out and how computing resources are provisioned and metered.

Learning objectives

In this module, you will:

  • Describe various information technology components that you find in a datacenter
  • Recall facilities' components to a datacenter
  • Recall the various features provided by cloud middleware
  • Describe the resource provisioning process from the context of a cloud service provider
  • Recall the issues related to resource metering for cloud service providers
  • Describe the metering architecture in OpenStack's Ceilometer
  • Recall the service components of OpenStack and identify their individual functions

In partnership with Dr. Majd Sakr and Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Understand what cloud computing is, including cloud service models, and common cloud providers
  • Know the technologies that enable cloud computing
  • Understand how cloud service providers pay for and bill for the cloud
  • Know what datacenters are and why they exist