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What you will learn

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    Choose among and use Google Cloud Platform storage options: Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud SQL, Google Cloud Bigtable, and Google Cloud Datastore

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    Choose among and use application deployment environments on Google Cloud Platform: Google App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, and Google Compute Engine

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    Describe ways in which customers have used Google Cloud Platform

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    Identify the purpose and value of Google Cloud Platform products and services

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    Interact with Google Cloud Platform services

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    Make basic use of BigQuery, Google’s managed data warehouse for analytics

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    Make basic use of Cloud Deployment Manager, Google’s tool for creating and managing cloud resources through templates

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    Make basic use of Google Stackdriver, Google’s monitoring, logging, and diagnostics system

Skills you will gain

Google Compute EngineGoogle App Engine (GAE)Google Cloud PlatformCloud Computing

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete

Introducing Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform offers four main kinds of services: Compute, Storage, Big Data, and Machine Learning. This course focuses mostly on the first two, together with Google Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) networking. This module orients learners to the basics of Google Cloud Platform. It traces the evolution of cloud computing and explains what is unique about Google's approach to it. The module introduces the key structural concepts of regions and zones.

12 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
12 videos
What is cloud computing?1m
How did we get here?1m
Every company is a data company26s
GCP computing architectures1m
The Google network44s
GCP regions and zones1m
Environmental responsibility1m
Pricing innovations1m
Open APIs1m
Why choose Google Cloud Platform1m
Multi-layered security approach3m
3 readings
Welcome to Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure10m
Changes since the last version10m
How to download course resources2m
3 practice exercises
Cloud Computing Services4m
GCP Regions and Zones4m
Introducing Google Cloud Platform12m
1 hour to complete

Getting Started with Google Cloud Platform

GCP customers use projects to organize the resources they use. They use Google Cloud Identity and Access Management, also called “IAM,” to control who can do what with those resources. They use any of several technologies to connect with GCP. This module covers each of these topics, and it introduces a service called Cloud Launcher that is an easy way to get started with GCP.

8 videos (Total 28 min), 4 quizzes
8 videos
The Google Cloud Platform resource hierarchy5m
Identity and Access Management (IAM)2m
IAM roles3m
Interacting with Google Cloud Platform4m
Cloud Marketplace (formerly Cloud Launcher)1m
Demonstration: Getting Started with Cloud Launcher2m
Getting Started with Google Cloud Platform and Qwiklabs3m
3 practice exercises
The Google Cloud Platform resource hierarchy
Resources and IAM
Getting Started with Google Cloud Platform16m
1 hour to complete

Virtual Machines in the Cloud

Compute Engine lets you run virtual machines on Google’s global infrastructure. This module covers how Compute Engine works, with a focus on Google virtual networking.

5 videos (Total 20 min), 4 quizzes
5 videos
Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Network1m
Compute Engine3m
Important VPC capabilities7m
Demonstration: Getting Started with Compute Engine5m
3 practice exercises
Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Network
Compute Engine
Google Compute Engine and Networking16m
2 hours to complete

Storage in the Cloud

Every application needs to store data. Different applications and workloads require different storage and database solutions. This module describes and differentiates among GCP's core storage options: Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, Cloud Spanner, Cloud Datastore, and Google Bigtable.

8 videos (Total 35 min), 6 quizzes
8 videos
Cloud Storage4m
Cloud Storage interactions5m
Google Cloud Bigtable4m
Google Cloud SQL and Google Cloud Spanner3m
Google Cloud Datastore1m
Comparing Storage Options3m
Demonstration: Getting Started with Cloud Storage and Cloud SQL10m
5 practice exercises
Cloud Storage
Cloud Bigtable
Cloud SQL and Cloud Spanner
Cloud Datastore
Google Cloud Platform Storage Options16m
1 hour to complete

Containers in the Cloud

Containers are simple and interoperable, and they enable seamless, fine-grained scaling. Kubernetes is an orchestration layer for containers. Kubernetes Engine is Kubernetes as a service, a scalable managed offering that runs on Google’s infrastructure. You direct the creation of a cluster, and Kubernetes Engine schedules your containers into the cluster and manages them automatically, based on requirements you define. This module explains how Kubernetes Engine works and how it helps deploy applications in containers.

3 videos (Total 19 min), 5 quizzes
3 videos
Demo and Lab Introduction28s
Demo: Getting Started with Kubernetes Engine6m
4 practice exercises
Kubernetes Engine
Containers, Kubernetes, and Kubernetes Engine12m
1 hour to complete

Applications in the Cloud

App Engine is a Platform-as-a-Service ("PaaS") offering. The App Engine platform manages the hardware and networking infrastructure required to run your code. App Engine provides built-in services that many web applications need. This module describes how App Engine works.

5 videos (Total 14 min), 4 quizzes
5 videos
Google App Engine Standard Environment3m
Google App Engine Flexible Environment2m
Google Cloud Endpoints and Apigee Edge3m
Demonstration: Getting Started with App Engine3m
3 practice exercises
App Engine4m
App Engine Flexible and Standard Environments
Applications in the Cloud12m
1 hour to complete

Developing, Deploying and Monitoring in the Cloud

Popular tools for development, deployment, and monitoring just work in GCP. Customers also have options for tools in each of these three areas that are tightly integrated with GCP. This module covers those tools.

4 videos (Total 17 min), 4 quizzes
4 videos
Deployment: Infrastructure as code1m
Monitoring: Proactive instrumentation2m
Demonstration: Getting Started with Deployment Manager and Stackdriver9m
3 practice exercises
Cloud Source Repositories
Cloud Functions
Developing, Deploying, and Monitoring in the Cloud10m
1 hour to complete

Big Data and Machine Learning in the Cloud

GCP's big-data and machine learning offerings are intended to help customers get the most out of data. These tools are intended to be simple and practical to embed in your applications. This module describes the available big-data and machine learning services and explains the usefulness of each.

8 videos (Total 22 min), 2 quizzes
8 videos
Google Cloud Big Data Platform3m
Cloud Dataflow2m
Cloud Pub/Sub and Cloud Datalab3m
Google Cloud Machine Learning Platform3m
Machine learning APIs2m
Demonstration: Getting Started with BigQuery2m
1 practice exercise
Big Data and Machine Learning14m
25 minutes to complete

Summary and Review

This module reviews the GCP services covered in this course and reminds learners of the differences among them. The module compares GCP compute services, GCP storage services, and important Google VPC networking capabilities.

2 videos (Total 5 min), 1 quiz
2 videos
Next steps28s
1 practice exercise
Summary and Review20m
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Top reviews from Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure

By YYJun 2nd 2017

This course is useful for those who wants to explorer google cloud platform\n\ne.g: what database engine should I use?\n\nwhat is more cost efficient for our application, Compute engine or App engine

By GFJan 29th 2017

Great course to introduce the specialization. It could be more robust, but it does the job and you are also provided with links for documents that will help you build on what you learn in the course.

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  • Yes, this online course is based on the instructor-led training formerly known as CP100A.

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