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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)

Step 4 – setting up billing and cost controls

As we’ve already mentioned, Google Cloud offers virtually any organization of any size a huge list of easily usable measured services. By measured, I mean that Google keeps track of the amount you use that service and then bills you accordingly. How such billing works is what we will discuss here.

It starts with how you pay

Google offers two main ways you can pay for services: self-service with a credit card, or via a monthly invoice that’s paid by check or wire transfer. Organizations that want to move toward invoicing will need to configure a self-serve Payments Profile initially and then apply for invoicing once the organization meets the following criteria:

  • The business must be at least 1 year old.
  • Their Google spending must have exceeded $2,500 monthly for the last 3 months running.
  • The company’s name and billing address in the self-serve Payments Profile must match that in the company...