Master prepares IT workers for cloud nine

Thursday 2 Feb 2017

Photo of a computer keyboardAs cloud computing becomes more important in the information technology (IT) industry, Charles Sturt University (CSU) has joined IT Masters to create Australia's first Masters degree focused on cloud computing and virtualisation.

Designed for computing professionals, CSU's Master of Cloud Computing and Virtualisation will give students the theory, technical capabilities and communication skills to design and manage complex computing architectures hosted in the cloud.

IT Masters CEO Mr Martin Hale, said that the rapid advance of cloud technology and the willingness of organisations to offer IT infrastructure as a service has not been matched by the skills development of the sector's professionals.

"We developed the Master of Cloud Computing and Virtualisation to address this stampede to the cloud," Mr Hale said. "For example, one leading solutions vendor in this space – VMware – recently predicted that by 2021 over half of all computer workload will be in the cloud."

According to research undertaken by US-based RightScale, IT businesses are challenged by the lack of expertise and resources.

"Many IT departments see value in cloud computing but feel their internal capabilities are not mature enough to effectively manage off-site infrastructure," Mr Hale said.

"Furthermore, some organisations don't appreciate the complex expertise required and end up with failed migrations or incomplete systems, resulting in an unfortunate foray into the 'as-a-service' world.

"While not all IT workloads are shifting to public cloud and infrastructure remains in-house, many of the techniques, tools and mindsets popularised in the cloud are being used in-house.

"As the charge towards the cloud gathers momentum, the discrepancy between the skills required to manage it and the skills available is stopping organisations embracing the business value of this strategy."

This was supported in an article in NASDAQ business news service, where Synergy Research Group reported that the worldwide cloud computing market grew 21 per cent to $110 billion in 2015, and that the average company uses 738 cloud-based services.

Head of CSU's School of Computing and Mathematics, Dr Irfan Altas, said the new Master degree was aimed at IT workers such as systems administrators looking to develop professionally as technology transitions from in-house management to the cloud.

"Many IT professionals see the change happening all around them and want to advance their careers their skills in line with the latest trends. This course helps future-proof their careers and ensure that their skills and experience meet the needs of industry," Dr Altas said.

"The degree offers innovative subjects such as 'Architecting Cloud Solutions', 'Containers and Virtualisation', and 'Cloud Privacy and Security', together with existing units that use contemporary cloud-based content."


Media contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

The CSU Master in Cloud Computing and Virtualisation will use Charles Sturt University's interactive online platform. Enrolments close on Tuesday 28 February 2017.

The course, commencing in March 2017, is designed for part-time study for students with busy working lives.

For more information about this course Mr Martin Hale at IT Masters on 0402 911 913. To arrange an interview, Contact CSU Media.

IT Masters is an industry-based training organisation that has partnered with CSU to:

  • Promote Charles Sturt University's unique range of industry-based Master degrees to the IT industry,
  • Support students studying their industry certification-based subjects, and
  • Research and identify opportunities to further expand the range of Master programs.

Their first combined Master degree was launched in 2002. Since 2009, CSU has had the largest number of postgraduate IT students of any Australian university.