Google Cloud Certified Professional Cloud Architect

(GCPCA.AE1) / ISBN : 978-1-64459-420-9
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About This Course

The course Google Cloud Certified Professional Cloud Architect covers the topics outlined in the Professional Cloud Architect exam, such as designing solutions to meet business and technical requirements, designing compute systems, storage systems, and networks, migration planning, and so on. This course contains Professional Cloud Architect exam objective-based interactive lessons with knowledge checks, quizzes, and key terms. It also contains assessment questions, practice tests, and live labs to provide a hands-on experience with the Google cloud platform and help you prepare for the Google Cloud Certified Professional Cloud Architect exam.

Skills You’ll Get

The Google Cloud Platform is a diverse and growing set of services. To pass the Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect exam, you will need to understand how to reason about both business requirements and technical requirements. This exam validates the candidate's ability to design solutions using a mix of compute, storage, networking, and managed services. The design must satisfy both business and technical requirements. The exam guide states that architects should be familiar with the software development lifecycle and agile practices.  

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13+ Lessons | 255+ Exercises | 193+ Quizzes | 279+ Flashcards | 179+ Glossary of terms


50+ Pre Assessment Questions | 2+ Full Length Tests | 50+ Post Assessment Questions | 100+ Practice Test Questions

Hands-On Labs

19+ LiveLab | 20+ Video tutorials | 01:03+ Hours



  • What Does This Course Cover?
  • Objective Map

Introduction to the Google Professional Cloud Architect Exam

  • Exam Objectives
  • Analyzing Business Requirements
  • Analyzing Technical Requirements
  • Exam Case Studies
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Designing Solutions to Meet Business Requirements

  • Business Use Cases and Product Strategy
  • Application Design and Cost Considerations
  • Systems Integration and Data Management
  • Compliance and Regulation
  • Security
  • Success Measures
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Designing Solutions to Meet Technical Requirements

  • High Availability
  • Scalability
  • Reliability
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Designing Compute Systems

  • Compute Services and Use Cases
  • Anthos
  • AI and Machine Learning Services
  • Data Flows and Pipelines
  • Compute System Provisioning
  • Additional Design Issues
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Designing Storage Systems

  • Overview of Storage Services
  • Object Storage with Google Cloud Storage
  • Network-Attached Storage with Google Cloud Filestore
  • Databases
  • Data Retention and Lifecycle Management
  • Networking and Latency
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Designing Networks

  • IP Addressing, Firewall Rules, and Routers
  • Virtual Private Clouds
  • Hybrid-Cloud Networking
  • Service-Centric Networking
  • Load Balancing
  • Additional Network Services
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Designing for Security and Legal Compliance

  • Identity and Access Management and Related Access Control Services
  • Organization Constraints
  • Data Security
  • Security Evaluation
  • Security Design Principles
  • Major Regulations
  • ITIL Framework
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Designing for Reliability

  • Improving Reliability with Cloud Operations Suite
  • Release Management
  • Systems Reliability Engineering
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Analyzing and Defining Technical Processes

  • Software Development Lifecycle Plan
  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery
  • Troubleshooting and Post-Mortem Analysis Culture
  • IT Enterprise Processes
  • Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Analyzing and Defining Business Processes

  • Stakeholder Management
  • Change Management
  • Team Skill Management
  • Customer Success Management
  • Cost Optimization/Resource Optimization
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Development and Operations

  • Application Development Methodologies
  • Technical Debt
  • API Best Practices
  • Testing Frameworks
  • Data and System Migration Tooling
  • Interacting with Google Cloud Programmatically
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Migration Planning

  • Integrating Cloud Services with Existing Systems
  • Migrating Systems and Data to Support a Solution
  • Software Licensing Mapping
  • Network Planning
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials


Designing Solutions to Meet Technical Requirements

  • Creating a Disk

Designing Compute Systems

  • Creating a Cloud Run
  • Creating an Instance
  • Creating an Instance Group
  • Creating a Workflow Template in Dataproc
  • Creating a Deployment using the Deployment Manager

Designing Storage Systems

  • Creating a Bucket
  • Creating a Filestore Instance
  • Initializing Data Systems with Cloud Storage
  • Creating an Instance in Bigtable
  • Initializing Data Systems with Cloud Spanner
  • Creating a Cloud Bigtable

Designing Networks

  • Creating a Cloud Router
  • Creating a VPC Network Peering Connection
  • Creating a VPC Network with a Custom Subnet
  • Creating a Load Balancer

Development and Operations

  • Accessing the Cloud Shell
  • Creating an Auto Mode VPC Network Using CLI

Migration Planning

  • Creating a VPN Connection

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Recommended experience: 3+ years of industry experience including 1+ years designing and managing solutions using Google Cloud



 Multiple choice and multiple select

The exam contains 50-60 questions.

120 minutes


(on a scale of 20-1000)

If you don't pass an exam, you can take it again after 14 days. If you don't pass the second time, you must wait 60 days before you can take it a third time. If you don't pass the third time, you must wait 365 days before taking it again.

All attempts, regardless of exam language and delivery method (onsite or online testing), count toward the total permissible attempts, and the waiting period between attempts still applies. Circumventing this retake policy by registering under a different name or any other means is a violation of the Exam Terms and Conditions and will result in a denied or revoked certification.

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