Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure

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Course 1 of 6 in the Architecting with Google Cloud Platform Specialization

<<< ATTENTION >>> Learners interested in Google Cloud Platform can continue to learn in either of our latest GCP infrastructure specializations. Option 1: The Developing Applications with Google Cloud Platform Specialization is available on Coursera. This brand-new Specialization teaches you to build secure, scalable, and intelligent cloud-native applications. Visit https://www.coursera.org/specializations/developing-apps-gcp for more details. Option 2: The Architecting with Google Cloud Platform Specialization is also available. This Specialization has updated, improved content that will help you if you are preparing for the Google Certified Professional - Cloud Architect exam. Head to https://www.coursera.org/specializations/gcp-architecture to explore the updated content. Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure covers the fundamentals of Google Cloud Platform and is the first course in both specializations. This course introduces you to important concepts and terminology for working with Google Cloud Platform (GCP). You learn about, and compare, many of the computing and storage services available in Google Cloud Platform, including Google App Engine, Google Compute Engine, and Google Container Engine. Notes: • You'll need a Google/Gmail account and a credit card or bank account to sign up for the Google Cloud Platform free trial (Google services are currently unavailable in China). • If you are a Google Cloud Platform customer with European Union (EU) and Russian billing addresses, read the VAT Overview documentation at: https://cloud.google.com/billing/docs/resources/vat-overview • More Google Cloud Platform free trial FAQs are available at: https://cloud.google.com/free-trial/
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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

Big DataMachine LearningSqlVirtual Private Network
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
Clock
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. ...
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12 videos (Total 17 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
What is cloud computing?1m
How did we get here?1m
Every company is a data company0m
GCP computing architectures1m
The Google network0m
GCP regions and zones1m
Environmental responsibility1m
Pricing innovations1m
Open APIs1m
Why choose Google Cloud Platform1m
Multi-layered security approach3m
SvgReading2 readings
Changes since the last version10m
Video lecture subtitles10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Introducing Google Cloud Platform12m
Clock
2 hours 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....
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7 videos (Total 24 min), 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
The Google Cloud Platform resource hierarchy5m
Identity and Access Management (IAM)2m
IAM roles3m
Interacting with Google Cloud Platform4m
Cloud Launcher1m
Demonstration: Getting Started with Cloud Launcher2m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Getting Started with Google Cloud Platform16m
Clock
2 hours 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. ...
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5 videos (Total 20 min), 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Network1m
Compute Engine3m
Important VPC capabilities7m
Demonstration: Getting Started with Compute Engine6m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Google Compute Engine and Networking16m
Clock
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. ...
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8 videos (Total 35 min), 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Cloud Storage4m
Cloud Storage interactions5m
Google Cloud Bigtable4m
Google Cloud SQL and Google Cloud Spanner4m
Google Cloud Datastore1m
Comparing Storage Options3m
Demonstration: Getting Started with Cloud Storage and Cloud SQL10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Google Cloud Platform Storage Options16m
Clock
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....
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5 videos (Total 15 min), 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
What are Containers?2m
Kubernetes2m
Introduction to Kubernetes Engine2m
Demonstration: Getting Started with Kubernetes Engine6m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Kubernetes Engine12m
Clock
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....
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5 videos (Total 14 min), 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Google App Engine Standard Environment3m
Google App Engine Flexible Environment2m
Google Cloud Endpoints and Apigee Edge3m
Demonstration: Getting Started with App Engine3m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Applications in the Cloud12m
Clock
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....
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4 videos (Total 17 min), 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Deployment: Infrastructure as code1m
Monitoring: Proactive instrumentation2m
Demonstration: Getting Started with Deployment Manager and Stackdriver9m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Developing, Deploying, and Monitoring in the Cloud10m
Clock
2 hours 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. ...
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8 videos (Total 22 min), 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Google Cloud Big Data Platform3m
Cloud Dataflow2m
BigQuery2m
Cloud Pub/Sub and Cloud Datalab3m
Google Cloud Machine Learning Platform3m
Machine learning APIs2m
Demonstration: Getting Started with BigQuery2m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Big Data and Machine Learning14m
Clock
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....
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2 videos (Total 5 min), 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Next steps0m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Summary and Review20m
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Top Reviews

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.

By SVFeb 15th 2018

This was one of the best learning I had. Very simple and easy way to do the labs and understand the concepts. Even though the content is around fundamentals, it helps to remember the terminologies.

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