Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect certification exam

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The Google Cloud Professional Architect Exam – All in One Guide will help you distinguish yourself as an industry expert quickly. The book has been designed to help you:

  • Laser sharpen your skills and gain new insight into Google Cloud Architecture
  • Fully prepare for this exciting exam using expert content and 200 practice exams with explanations.
  • Walk thru the full complement of Google Cloud Architect services tested in the objective of the exam.
  • Review over 100 test tips provided to help facilitate efficient learning.
  • Benefit from additional resources with additional FREE online practice questions for book purchasers.

 This book is essential reading for anyone who would like to learn Google Cloud Architecture and pass the industry leading certification efficiently.

High Level Review of Exam Guide Section Objectives

    The objectives listed above is the extent of detail that is provided by the certification body which is by Google Cloud.

    What I am going to now cover is each objective at a macro before we proceed to the next few chapters where the detailed objective coverage starts.  The book is available on Amazon in Kindle format here so get your copy.

Google Cloud Architect Exam Guide with Practice Questions and Answers
Google Cloud Architect Exam Guide with Practice Questions and Answers

Exam Guide Section 1 – Designing and planning a cloud solution architecture

In this section the main focus is around cloud design areas such as performance, elasticity, networking, storage and several other areas.

Migration planning to Google Cloud from VM and Data storage is also covered so understanding how to move VMS and storage from on premises is helpful for the exam.

Lastly, being able to translate business requirements to a technology solution is heavily tested.

Exam Guide Section 2 – Managing and provisioning a solution infrastructure 

In this section the main focus is on a wide array of Google Cloud services and the deployment of these services. 

Services covered are data storage services such as Cloud SQL, Cloud Storage, BigQuery and more. Network services covered are Cloud VPC, Cloud Interconnect, Cloud VPN and many more. 

Compute Services are also covered and  these focus on all the services from Compute Engine to Cloud Run. 

Lastly, Cloud Deployment Manager and third-party services could also be seen on the exam as well.

Exam Guide Section 3 –  Designing for security and compliance

In this section the main focus is all about ensuring a robust but also secure cloud environment. The objectives focus on what cloud services could be used to secure the development environment but also production. 

Services such as Cloud IAM, KSM, Cloud VPC, GKE capabilities and App Engine security are covered.  Compliance is covered lightly as well mainly around what tools are available and dealing with audits and providing access to auditors. 

Google Cloud Enterprise best practices are a main focus for this section.

Exam Guide Section 4 –  Analyzing and optimizing technical and business processes

This section, perhaps the widest in content, covers a macro view of cloud architecture, cloud development and cloud devops best practices.

This section validates your knowledge as a cloud developer where you can take an application design and bring to fruition thru frameworks and best practices such as SDLC or Waterfall. 

This section will test your capability to understand what pre-sales  requirements are around listening to stakeholders (customers) and then taking those requirements to translate both the functional and non- functional requirements to a cloud design in Google Cloud. 

Exam Guide Section 5 –  Managing implementation

This section is focused on how to deploy a cloud solution and how to test that solution with appropriate tools.  The section covers both development and devops tools so really understanding rolling out pipelines and connecting the cloud services is critical. 

Understanding, how integration can occur with APIs such as Rest or Open APIs is critical for the exam. 

Lastly, understanding the breakdown of how the SDK/CLI actually works is needed from installing the CLI to using services such as using the BigQuery estimating tool.

Exam Guide Section 6 –  Ensuring solution and operations reliability

This section is both about Google Stackdriver which at the time of writing is being rebranded to Google Operations and about DevOps services along with best practices.

  The exam at the time of writing is going to refer to Stackdriver and not Operations.

The first part of the section focuses on monitoring, logging and just about everything you can do with Stackdriver. 

This section part focuses not only on CI/CD best practices but how to deploy a secure pipeline on Google Cloud.

The section revolves around how to use Deployment Manager, Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Source Repositories, Cloud Build and Container Registry with some coverage with third party DevOps tools. 

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