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Introduction to Google Cloud Platform

Chad Smith

It is important to understand how to properly evaluate and adopt cloud infrastructure because if done poorly, it can wreak havoc on the operations and security of sensitive resources. There is little compelling reason to own and operate on-premise data centers anymore, but migration to the cloud should be measured and deliberate, based on a solid understanding of the effort involved, and a clear vision for the outcome.

This live training will supply a baseline understanding of the Google Cloud Platform. The various services that make up the GCP ecosystem will be enumerated and explained, along with their relationships to each other. The training will cover benefits of a cloud-based infrastructure and starting points for how these benefits can be achieved in GCP.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • The basics of GCP, enough to perform an initial evaluation for viability and adoption.
  • How to interact with GCP, and how that interaction can be applied for exploration of the ecosystem or automation of tasks.
  • How to focus your learning, whether you are a developer, systems architect, security auditor, or network engineer.

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re a technology professional who is evaluating a migration to the cloud.
  • You’re familiar with other cloud hosting providers and wondering how GCP compares.
  • You’re a beginner to the Cloud and want to learn how it is different from an on-premise technology infrastructure.


  • Basic knowledge of hosted applications and IT infrastructure
  • Basic knowledge of virtualization technology


CompTIA Cloud+ CV0-001 (video)

About your instructor

  • Chad Smith is the Principal Cloud Architect at Brightkey.cloud. He is a certified architect for both Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. He brings a wealth of relevant experience in cloud adoption, infrastructure design, data security and cloud operations. Chad holds current AWS certifications in Architecture (Associate and Professional), SysOps and Security. Chad is the author of many video courses with Pearson, including AWS Certified SysOps Administrator (Associate) Complete Video Course; AWS Certified Security - Specialty Complete Video Course and Getting Started with Google Cloud Platform.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

  • Setting the Record Straight (Introduction to Cloud Computing) – 15 minutes
  • Where do I start? – 15 minutes
  • Security and Monitoring – 30 minutes

Break - 10 minutes

  • Foundation (Compute, Network, Storage, Database) – 45 minutes
  • Application Development and Deployment – 15 minutes

Break - 10 minutes

  • Operations and Automation – 45 minutes
  • Next steps – 15 minutes
  • Q&A and wrap-up – 20 minutes