The Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a suite of multiple cloud computing resources offered by Google as a public cloud computing service. These resources are a part of Google’s own hardware infrastructure consisting of computers, servers, storage equipment like HDDs (Hard Disk Drives), SSDs (Solid State Drives), and networking components. Many of these services are used by Google itself and run on the same infrastructure as used in many Google products such as YouTube and Google search. The platform hosts and provides numerous modular cloud services that use Google’s hardware infrastructure in a virtual environment.
Points to Remember
- Google Cloud Platform hosts more than 50 cloud services that are available as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings.
- Services offered by the Google Cloud Platform span across multiple categories such as computing, data storage, data analysis, machine learning, networking, identify & security, big data, Internet of Things (IoT), development and management tools.
- Google Cloud Platform spreads across 17 regions consisting of 52 zones. Each region is an independent geographical location. The zones are considered as a single point of failure. As a precaution, zones are isolated from one another to prevent an offline zone from causing service outage in an entire region.