BMIT, Malta’s largest data centre, cloud and managed services provider hosted a number of students to provide them with a practical perspective of running a data centre and a cloud services platform as part of a new study unit related to Cloud Computing launched by the University of Malta earlier this year.
During the visit the students were given a tour of the data centres and a brief session to help them better understand what it means, from an operational context, to provide Cloud Computing services given its increased relevance to several industries operating locally and internationally.
Nick Tonna, Chief Commercial Officer at BMIT praised the University for this initiative: “It was a pleasure for us to host students and staff from the Faculty of ICT of the University of Malta. Cloud Computing has become an accepted reality in the ICT field with an ever more growing number of businesses from a variety of industries starting to adopt it, and the Faculty of ICT should be lauded not only for introducing this study unit but also for providing students with the opportunity to obtain exposure to the industry. As the only local Cloud platform provider, BMIT offers Cloud-based services on its infrastructure which is entirely hosted in Malta and this provides several benefits to local customers.”
Dr. Peter A. Xuereb, Lecturer, and Ing. Etienne Depasquale, Research Officer, both with the Faculty of ICT at the University of Malta, led the visit. Dr Xuereb expressed his gratitude towards BMIT for hosting the students: “In the last few years, we have seen Cloud Computing go from the usual initial hype to what is now a viable alternative for most businesses. In anticipation of this, the Faculty of ICT decided to develop a study unit on Cloud Computing – and whilst we make every effort to ensure that our classroom sessions balance the theoretical and conceptual with the practical, it is important that our students also step outside the academic environment to see what awaits them in the professional world, and how our lectures, exercises and class discussions translate into practice in that world. For this reason we are grateful to all those in the industry who open their doors to us, and thus help provide further insights into what lies ‘underneath the hood’, and how this is delivered in a professional context. Thank you BMIT!”