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The Ultimate Guide to Building a Google Cloud Foundation

By : Patrick Haggerty
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The Ultimate Guide to Building a Google Cloud Foundation

By: Patrick Haggerty

Overview of this book

From data ingestion and storage, through data processing and data analytics, to application hosting and even machine learning, whatever your IT infrastructural need, there's a good chance that Google Cloud has a service that can help. But instant, self-serve access to a virtually limitless pool of IT resources has its drawbacks. More and more organizations are running into cost overruns, security problems, and simple "why is this not working?" headaches. This book has been written by one of Google’s top trainers as a tutorial on how to create your infrastructural foundation in Google Cloud the right way. By following Google’s ten-step checklist and Google’s security blueprint, you will learn how to set up your initial identity provider and create an organization. Further on, you will configure your users and groups, enable administrative access, and set up billing. Next, you will create a resource hierarchy, configure and control access, and enable a cloud network. Later chapters will guide you through configuring monitoring and logging, adding additional security measures, and enabling a support plan with Google. By the end of this book, you will have an understanding of what it takes to leverage Terraform for properly building a Google Cloud foundational layer that engenders security, flexibility, and extensibility from the ground up.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

Organizing Google Cloud logically and physically

Everything in Google Cloud has both a logical and a physical organization to it. A virtual machine, for example, could logically belong to a department and physically run in London, and decisions need to be made around both these organizational forms. Let’s start with the logical aspect.

Definition time! The core elements of Google Cloud’s logical organization are as follows:

  • Resource: In that NIST definition they stated, “a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services)” so likely, if it’s part of Google Cloud and costs money, then it’s a resource.
  • Project: A logical collection of resources with an owner and with a billing account (paying for all the resources in this project) attached.
  • Folder: A logical collection of projects and/or other folders that’s used to create groupings to form logical or trust...