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Analyzing and Visualizing Resource Usage Using the Google Cloud Billing APIs

by Vitthal Srinivasan

The big risk of cloud installations is that an enterprise will end up using expensive resources in an uninformed manner, and experience sticker shock when the billing cycle concludes. Learn to mitigate this risk in this course on the Billing API.

What you'll learn

The costs associated with working on the cloud are very different from those associated with traditional on-premise installations. Cloud-based installations have important attractions from a financial perspective - most importantly the pay-as-you-go billing model and the promise of increased capacity exactly when it is needed. However, it would be an expensive mistake to believe that cloud installations are always or inherently cheaper than on-premise installations.

In this course, Analyzing and Visualizing Resource Usage Using the Google Cloud Billing APIs, you will see how you can use Google’s dashboards, analytics tools, and billing APIs to measure, analyze, and control your cloud bills.

First, you will be introduced to the various terms and concepts involved in billing such as organizations, projects, and resources. You will learn about the two different kinds of billing accounts: self-serve and invoiced, and understand the various billing roles in the Google IAM service that can be used to grant or limit a user’s access to billing information. You’ll also explore the billing console on the GCP using both the web interface and the gcloud command line utility.

Next, you will move on to resources that you can use on the GCP to measure, analyze, and visualize billing data. You will learn how to track your costs and payment history, transactions, and cost trends on the billing console. You’ll also see how you can export your billing details to Cloud Storage buckets or BigQuery, the GCP’s analytical warehouse, which can support your advanced billing related queries. Once your billing information is in BigQuery, you will see how you can use Data Studio to analyze spends and resource usage.

Finally, you will learn how you can set up budget alerts and receive notifications and manage billing details programmatically using billing APIs. You will also learn how you can configure access control to billing APIs and set up programmatic budget alerts using Cloud Functions and Pub/Sub.

When you are done with this course, you will have the hands-on experience working with billing on the GCP and know how to measure and analyze your cloud bills.

About the author

Vitthal has spent a lot of his life studying - he holds Masters Degrees in Math and Electrical Engineering from Stanford, an MBA from INSEAD, and a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai. He has also spent a lot of his life working - as a derivatives quant at Credit Suisse in New York, then as a quant trader, first with a hedge fund in Greenwich and then on his own, and finally at Google in Singapore and Flipkart in Bangalore. In all these roles, he has written a lot of code, and b... more

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