Google Cloud Platform

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Google Cloud Platform provides infrastructure as a serviceplatform as a service, and serverless computing environments.

In April 2008, Google announced App Engine, a platform for developing and hosting web applications in Google-managed data centers, which was the first cloud computing service from the company. The service became generally available in November 2011. Since the announcement of App Engine, Google added multiple cloud services to the platform.

Whether you’re new to Google Cloud and are looking to learn the basics or you are an established customer exploring new product innovations, the Google Cloud Free Program has you covered.

The Google Cloud Free Program comprises the following:

  • 90-day, $300 Free Trial: New Google Cloud and Google Maps Platform users can take advantage of a 90-day trial period that includes $300 in free Cloud Billing credits to explore and evaluate Google Cloud and Google Maps Platform products and services. You can use these credits toward one or a combination of products.
  • Limited time T2A Free Trial: See Creating an Arm VM instance for offer details.
  • Free Tier: All Google Cloud customers can use select Google Cloud products—like Compute Engine, Cloud Storage, and BigQuery—free of charge, within specified monthly usage limits. When you stay within the Free Tier limits, these resources are not charged against your Free Trial credits or to your Cloud Billing account’s payment method after your trial ends.
  • Google Maps Platform monthly credit: Google Maps Platform features a recurring $200 monthly credit (see Pricing for Maps, Routes, and Places). The monthly credit applies towards each Maps-related Cloud Billing account you create. Learn more about Google Maps Platform Billing Account Credits.

This article describes these components of the Google Cloud Free Program.

Learning Objectives

Get started with Google Cloud training by completing this learning path that introduces you to the fundamentals of Google Cloud. This learning path guides you through a curated collection of on-demand courses, labs, and skill badges that provide you with real-world, hands-on experience in Google Cloud. Once you complete the path, check out our catalog for 700+ labs and courses to keep going on your professional journey.

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  • System requirements
  • Before you install Google Cloud Directory Sync (GCDS), ensure you meet the following requirements.
  • Google Account
  • You need one of the following accounts:
  • A Google Account or Cloud Identity account
  • A Google Workspace or Cloud Identity super administrator account
  • GCDS server
  • A server to run GCDS with one of the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows (supported on Windows 7, 8, and 10, and Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2019).
  • Linux—If you’re using a 32-bit version of GCDS on a 64-bit Linux system, a 32-bit libc (such as libc6-i386) must be installed.
  • If you’re using a Linux server, you need a GUI installed on the same server or access to another server with a GUI. (If you change servers, you need to reauthorize the configuration file. For details, see Use a configuration file with different machines or users.)
  • To install GCDS on a Windows server, you need to be an administrator on that server.
  • For optimal GCDS performance it is recommended that you use, at a minimum, a two core processor.
  • At least 5 GB of disk space for log files and data. If you’re running with the DEBUG or INFO level of logging, you might need more free space for additional logging data.

Target Audience

  • Target has established and developed a culture that celebrates their customers, where inspiration and joy are expected with every interaction. It's what keeps them both innovative and beloved. It's also why Target chose Google Cloud for a next-generation technology platform.
  • Implementing technology has a ripple effect. Target solves problems by looking at their impact on customers, on sales associates, and on internal IT teams. With Google Cloud, Target implements storewide design and logistical solutions without compromising either internal or external experiences.


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Material Includes

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