Course info
Dec 18, 2018
2h 7m

Over the last few years, the cloud has proven itself as a successful enabler for organizations of all sizes to improve agility, scale, reliability, and spend management. It has also made available capabilities that have greatly accelerated the adoption of a wide variety of new types of applications – from big data to Internet of things. This rapidly expanding set of capabilities can be difficult for anyone to keep up with, and that challenge is further compounded when attempting to map capabilities across different public cloud providers. This course, Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals, provides you with an extensive overview of Google Cloud Platform. While the Google Cloud Platform is a more recent offering than some of its competitors, it draws on years of experience running Google's massive internal infrastructure and exposes a streamlined set of solution-focused capabilities to help you build great systems. First you will explore the core building blocks of the platform. Next you'll explore the characteristics that differentiate Google's offering from other cloud platforms. Finally you'll learn the common application architectural patterns. By the end of this course, you will be able to understand how the areas fit together and provide starting points for deeper exploration.

About the author
About the author

Howard Dierking is a Program Manager on the Web Platform and Tools team at Microsoft where his current focus is on all things Web.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Howard Dierking, and welcome to my course, Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals. I'm a developer and architect working on primarily back-end cloud native systems development, both as part of my day job and as a contributor to the community. In the world of IT, we seem to live in an age of overloaded terms and ambiguity when it comes to hot technology areas like the cloud. Every vendor out there promises the easy path towards cloud migration or digital transformation or any other catchy variant you want to insert. So how can we separate reality from marketing, and how can me grounded decisions when it comes to the cloud? In this course, we're going to explore Google Cloud Platform in the broader context of the cloud and Google's role in helping to shape it. Some major topics that we're going to cover include Google Cloud Platform compared to other cloud service providers, the foundational building blocks of the platform, how to get started, and some high-level patterns for architecting systems on Google Cloud Platform. By the end of this course, you'll have the knowledge to determine whether Google Cloud Platform is a good fit for your particular scenarios, and you'll have enough of a context to dive in deeper to the specifics of any particular service. Before beginning the course, you should have a very basic understanding of how computers and networks work, but nothing too sophisticated. We'll cover almost everything you'll need during the course. I hope that you'll join me to learn Google Cloud Platform with the Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals Course, at Pluralsight.