Course 1- Google Cloud Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure

Week 5: Storage In The Cloud

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This section of the course showcases Google Cloud’s five core storage products: Cloud Storage, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud SQL, Cloud Spanner, and Firestore.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the purpose of and use cases for Cloud Storage.
  • Distinguish between Google Cloud’s storage options.


1. Which statement describes the correct Cloud Storage use case?

  • Cloud Storage provides the root file system of a Linux virtual machine.
  • Cloud Storage provides durable and highly available object storage. (Correct)
  • Cloud Storage provides data warehousing services.
  • Cloud Storage provides RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) services.

2. Why would a customer consider the Coldline Storage class?

  • To improve security
  • To save money on storing frequently accessed data
  • To use the Coldline Storage API
  • To save money on storing infrequently accessed data (Correct)

3. Which database service can scale to higher database sizes?

  • Cloud SQL
  • Cloud Spanner (Correct)
  • Bigtable
  • Firestore

4. How are Firestore and Bigtable alike? (Select two answers.)

  • They are both highly scalable. (Correct)
  • They both have a free daily quota.
  • They are both NoSQL databases. (Correct)
  • They both offer SQL-like queries.

5. You manufacture devices with sensors and need to stream huge amounts of data from these devices to a storage option in the cloud. Which storage option is the best choice for your application?

  • Bigtable (Correct)
  • Cloud Spanner
  • BigQuery
  • Firestore

6. Your application needs to store data with strong transactional consistency, and you want seamless scaling up. Which storage option is the best choice for your application?

  • Cloud Spanner (Correct)
  • Firestore
  • Cloud Storage
  • Cloud SQL

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