What Is the Google Cloud Platform (GCP)?


Google Cloud Platform is a suite of cloud computing services which is provided by Google. Google Cloud Platform provides very similar services to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Google Cloud Platform provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Serverless Computing.

Google Cloud Platform is a part of Google Cloud where Google Cloud provides the G Suite, Android, and Chrome OS Enterprise, Google Maps Enterprise.

Google Cloud Platform History

In April 2008, Google announced the App Engine platform which is used for developing and hosting web applications in Google-managed data centers. The first step to the Google Cloud Platform was the App Engine service.

  • In May 2010, Google Cloud Storage has launched in order to provide a storage area for cloud services.
  • In May 2013, Google Compute Engine is released which provides processing and computing services.
  • In June 2014, Kubernetes is announced as an open-source container manager and used for Google Cloud Platform.
  • In April 2015, Google Cloud DNS became generally available.
  • In May 2017, Google Cloud IoT service became generally available.
  • May 2018, Google named as a leader in the 2018 Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant.
  • In November 2019, Google Cloud Run became generally available.
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Google Cloud Platform Products and Services

Google Cloud Platform provides a lot of different types of services in different categories. From computing to networking, big data to IoT, GCP has wide range of services. We will list the Google Cloud Platform services in categories like;

  • Compute
  • Storage
  • Database
  • Networking
  • Operations
  • Developer Tools
  • Data Analytics
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • API Management
  • Hybrid and Multi-cloud
  • Migration
  • Security and Identity
  • Serverless Computing
  • Containers
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Management Tools
  • Healthcare and Life Scienecess
  • Media and Gaming
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Compute

Compute services provides Compute Engine to create and run VMs on the cloud. Also VMware Engine can be used to run VMware workloads on the Google Cloud.

Storage

Storage services provide a secure, durable, and scalable object, file storage with persistent disk services. Also, user-generated content can be stored in Firebase service.

Database

Database services contain different SQL and NoSQL services like Cloud Bigtable which is NoSQL database, Firestore NoSQL document store for mobile and web applications, Memorystore for in-memory, and Redis based data, Firebase realtime database.

Google Cloud Platform Regions and Zones

Google Cloud Platform is not only located in the USA or Europa. Currently, the Google Cloud Platform is available in 22 regions and 61 zones. Every selected cloud service can be initiated from the selected region. Also, each region contains single or multiple zones which are geographically different locations.

  • USA
    • The Dalles, Oregon
    • Los Angeles, California
    • Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Moncks Corner, South Carolina
    • Ashburn, Virginia
  • Canada
    • Montreal
  • Brazil
    • Sao Paulo
  • U.K.
    • London
  • Belgium
    • St. Ghislain
  • Netherlands
    • Eemshaven
  • Switzerland
    • Zurich
  • Germany
    • Frankfurt
  • Finland
    • Hamina
  • India
    • Mumbai
  • Singapore
    • Jurong West
  • Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
    • Changhua County
  • Japan
    • Tokyo
    • Osaka
  • Korea
    • Seoul
  • Australia
    • Sydney

Google Cloud Platform Certifications

Google Cloud Platform is used by different companies and individuals. As a rich cloud platform, Google Cloud needs expertise in different areas in order to use the services properly. Google provides different certifications for different services at different levels. Below some of the popular Google Cloud Platform Certifications are listed.

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Associate Cloud Engineer

Professional Data Engineer

Professional Cloud Architect

Professional Cloud Developer

Professional Network Engineer

Professional Cloud Security Engineer

Professional Collaboration Engineer

Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer

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