Google Cloud Platform – Introduction

Hi friends,

You might be new to Google cloud platform or maybe you would simply like to check out GCP’s breadth and deploy some application or learn about google cloud’s big data and machine learning capabilities in any case, welcome let me take you around.

Our starting point is cloud.google.com. This is where you will find all your product information and documentation but also detailed solutions with architecture and code with many use cases.

Pricing is also detailed there. Including Google charging principles and the detailed cost calculated for every GCP product and service.

This is also the place to access support, to read customer stories, to find partners, and to understand how google cloud platform is different from other public clouds.

The google cloud console is where you will likely spend a fair amount of time exploring and using the platform. This is where you can configure billing accounts, creating and manage projects and manage all your GCP resources regardless of their data center locations.

Every product and every service has its own section in the console left and menu with dashboards, details configurations and settings.

You will also find interactive quick start experiences from right inside the console. Let’s see this example for quick start for compute engine simply walk through the various steps of the tutorial and within minutes you will be running a Node.JS application with its back end on compute engine virtual machine.

The cloud console also offers a market place with ready to go software stacks to accelerate development. So you can spend less time installing and more time developing. This allows you to deploy production-grade solutions and few clicks with a single bell for all your GCP and 3rd party costs. And also it offers direct access to partner support.

To make sure you set up your employee up with right permissions to use different GCP resources. Cloud console integrates, identity and manage or cloud IAM and provide a unified view into security policy along with your entire organization or the business place. This also where you will manage photos across the platform. Every product comes with one or more usage limits across the platform. So you can prefer one team from spending the arranged budget on a road query or compute job.

You may even use iOS and Android mobile applications to monitor and manage your GCP applications instantly at any time.

One can also signup for portable support for both development and production phases right from the console. This role will be supporting enables configuration on pair user bases and case management is integrated into cloud console.

The console is powerful and flexible. You can do everything from the command line. For every action in the console, there is a G cloud equivalent. G cloud is always scriptable and it comes with google cloud SDK.

Cloud Shell is a shell environment hosted on a google cloud platform for managing your projects and resources. It is successful from a simple web browser and it is powered by a small virtual machine with processing disk and up to date software for all your development needs. it even comes with a web code editor.

Before you use GCP cloud console you will need a google account. You create a new google account or you can use your existing Gmail account.

We recommend that you enable billing for your project and then you can sign up for a free trial. If you do not enable billing you will not be able to use GCP products beyond. If you do not sign up for the free trial or if you are not eligible you can still benefit from GCP generous free tier.

Once logged into the GCP console, check out the main menu and in particularly the getting started section.

Then scroll to interactive tutorials and get your hands on to the preferred topic without leaving the console.

Finally, check out the main categories of product GCP has to offer such as Compute, Storage, Networking, Stackdriver, Tools, Big data, Artificial intelligence

As you progress through your discovery of GCP, keep in mind about the key resources until we meet with the next tutorial.

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