Course 1- Google Cloud Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure

Week 2: Introducing Google Cloud

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This section identifies some of the key benefits of using Google Cloud. It’s here that we introduce the components of Google’s network infrastructure and explore the differences between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the benefits of Google Cloud.
  • Define the components of Google’s network infrastructure, including: Points of presence, data centers, regions, and zones.
  • Identify the difference between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).


1. Select two fundamental characteristics of cloud computing from this list.

  • Providers always dedicate physical resources to each customer.
  • Customers can scale their resource use up and down. (Correct)
  • Resources are available from anywhere over the network. (Correct)
  • All resources are open source.
  • Customers are required to commit to multi-year contracts.

2. Which one of the following statements is true regarding the ability to scale cloud computing resources up and down?

  • Only CPU and memory resources are elastic.
  • CPU, memory, and storage resources are elastic. (Correct)
  • Only storage resources are elastic.
  • Cloud computing does not provide a way to scale resources.

3. What cloud computing service binds application code to libraries that give access to the infrastructure an application needs?

  • Software as a service
  • Virtualized data centers
  • Platform as a service (Correct)
  • Hybrid cloud
  • Infrastructure as a service

4. What cloud computing service provides raw compute, storage, and network resources that are organized similarly to physical data centers?

  • Software as a service
  • Database as a service
  • Infrastructure as a service (Correct)
  • Platform as a service

5. Why might a Google Cloud customer use resources in several zones within a region?

  • For expanding services to customers in new areas
  • For better performance
  • For improved fault tolerance (Correct)
  • For getting discounts on other zones

6. Who benefits the most from billing by the second for cloud resources, such as virtual machines?

  • Customers who create many virtual machines and leave them running for months
  • Customers who create and run many virtual machines (Correct)
  • Customers who create virtual machines that run commercially licensed operating systems
  • Customers who create too few virtual machines to get discounts

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