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Google Firebrand's training for Google Cloud Certified - Professional Cloud Architect

- Only 4 Days
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On this accelerated Google Professional Cloud Architect course, you’ll learn how to design and secure scalable solutions to enhance your business. You’ll also learn how best to enable organisations to utilise Google Cloud technologies.

In just 4 days, you’ll learn how to:

  • Advise development and operation teams to deliver effective cloud architecture
  • Design for security and compliance – including legal
  • Configure network topologies and individual storage systems

This accelerated course is designed for senior-level professionals. If you’re interested in developing your skill-set and knowledge in Google Cloud technologies, this course is ideal for you.


Train at twice the speed using Firebrand’s unique Lecture | Lab | Review methodology. This course is 40% faster than traditional training.

Sit your exam at the end of the course and return to the office a Google Professional Cloud Architect.

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Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online courses
  2. You'll be certified in just 4 days. With us, you’ll be trained in record time
  3. Our course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  4. Pass first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  5. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  6. You’ll learn faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  7. You’ll be studying with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 75,607 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business

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Benefits of Training with Firebrand

  • Two options of training - Residential classroom-based, or online courses
  • A purpose-built training centre – get access to dedicated Pearson VUE Select facilities
  • Certification Guarantee – pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)
  • Everything you need to certify – you’ll sit your exam on the course and return home certified
  • No hidden extras – one cost covers everything you need to certify

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Module 1: Designing and planning a cloud solution architecture

  • 1a. Designing a solution infrastructure that meets technical requirements:
    • Business use cases and product strategy
    • Cost optimisation
    • Supporting the application design
    • Integration
    • Movement of data
    • Tradeoffs
    • Build, buy or modify
    • Success measurements (e.g., Key Performance Indicators (KPI), Return on Investment (ROI), metrics)
    • Compliance and observability
  • 1b. Designing a solution infrastructure that meets business requirements:
    • Integration with on-premises/multi-cloud environments
    • Cloud native networking (VPC, peering, firewalls, container networking)
    • Identification of data processing pipeline
    • Matching data characteristics to storage systems
    • Data flow diagrams
    • Storage system structure (e.g., Object, File, RDBMS, NoSQL, NewSQL)
    • Mapping compute needs to platform products
    • Integrating solution with existing systems
    • Migrating systems and data to support the solution
    • Licensing mapping
    • Network and management planning
    • Testing and proof-of-concept
    • Cloud and technology improvements
    • Business needs evolution
    • Evangelism and advocacy
    • High availability and failover design
    • Elasticity of cloud resources
    • Scalability to meet growth requirements
  • 1c. Designing network, storage, and compute resources
  • 1d. Creating a migration plan (i.e., documents and architectural diagrams)
  • 1e. Envisioning future solution improvements

Module 2: Managing and provisioning solution Infrastructure

  • 2a. Configuring network topologies:
    • Extending to on-premise (hybrid networking)
    • Extending to a multi-cloud environment which may include GCP to GCP communication
    • Security
    • Data protection
  • 2b. Configuring individual storage systems:
    • Data storage allocation
    • Data processing/compute provisioning
    • Security and access management
    • Network configuration for data transfer and latency
    • Data retention and data lifecycle management
    • Data growth management
  • 2c. Configuring compute systems:
    • Compute system provisioning
    • Compute volatility configuration (preemptible vs. standard)
    • Network configuration for compute nodes
    • Infrastructure provisioning technology configuration (e.g. Chef/Puppet/Ansible/Terraform)
    • Container orchestration (e.g. Kubernetes)

Module 3: Designing for security and compliance

  • 3a. Designing for security:
    • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    • Resource hierarchy (organizations, folders, projects)
    • Data security (key management, encryption)
    • Penetration testing
    • Separation of Duties (SoD)
    • Security controls
    • Managing customer-supplied encryption keys with Cloud KMS
  • 3b. Designing for legal compliance:
    • Legislation (e.g., Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), etc.)
    • Audits (including logs)
    • Certification (e.g., Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework)

Module 4: Analysing and optimising technical and business processes

  • 4a. Analysing and defining technical processes:
    • Software Development Lifecycle Plan (SDLC)
    • Continuous integration / continuous deployment
    • Troubleshooting/post mortem analysis culture
    • Testing and validation
    • IT enterprise process (e.g. ITIL)
    • Business continuity and disaster recovery
  • 4b. Analysing and defining business processes:
    • Stakeholder management (e.g. Influencing and facilitation)
    • Change management
    • Team assessment/skills readiness
    • Decision-making process
    • Customer success management
    • Cost optimisation / resource optimisation (Capex / Opex)
  • 4c. Developing procedures to test resilience of solution in production (e.g., DiRT and Simian Army)

Module 5: Managing implementation

  • 5a. Advising development/operation team(s) to ensure successful deployment of the solution:
    • Application development
    • API best practices
    • Testing frameworks (load/unit/integration)
    • Data and system migration tooling
  • 5b. Interacting with Google Cloud using GCP SDK (gcloud, gsutil and bq):
    • Local installation
    • Google Cloud Shell

Module 6: Ensuring solution and operations reliability

  • 6a. Monitoring/Logging/Alerting solution
  • 6b. Deployment and release management
  • 6c. Supporting operational troubleshooting
  • 6d. Evaluating quality control measures

See Exam Track...

You'll sit the following exam at the Firebrand Training centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

  • Google Cloud Certified - Professional Cloud Architect
    • Exam format: Multiple choice/multiple select
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Domains:
      • 1. Design and plan a cloud solution architecture
      • 2. Manage and provision the cloud solution infrastructure
      • 3. Design for security and compliance
      • 4. Analyse and optimise technical and business processes
      • 5. Manage implementations of cloud architecture
      • 6. Ensure solution and operations reliability

See What's Included...

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)

See Prerequisites...

Before attending this accelerated course, you should have experience in:

  • Enterprise cloud strategy, solution design and architectural best practices
  • Software development methodologies and approaches - including multi-tiered distributed applications which span multi-cloud or hybrid environments

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.

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