GCP: Google Cloud Platform Console – Advantages & Uses

Google Cloud Platform Console

The cloud is essentially the internet.

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The term “the cloud” originated from workflows and diagrams that represented the basic structure of the internet as a puffy cloud.

The cloud isn’t a single physical entity, it’s a digital ecosystem of remote servers accessed over the internet.

So, if you’re uploading anything to anywhere that isn’t your own computer’s hard drive, you’re using the cloud.

Now, what is google cloud platform?.

It is a set of public cloud computing services, and it includes several hosted computing, storage, and application development services; they all run on google’s infrastructure.

google cloud platform (gcp)

GCP resources consist of physical hardware infrastructure, contained in Google’s globally distributed data centers.

GCP services

It offers over 50 services in general.

The most popular ones are:

  • App engine
  • Compute engine
  • Cloud Storage

Let me start by explaining each of them.

Google App Engine

This service allows developing web applications in Python, Java, Go, PHP, and manages everything for you (database, deployment, scaling, and software). There is daily free quota and you pay for what you use. The downside is that you are limited with third party software.

Google Compute Engine

The infrastructure has a wide range of possibilities when creating a virtual machine (selection of operation system, CPU, RAM memory and hard disk space). So depending on your need you can adjust and use it for whatever you want, you have a wider possibility of installing software.

Google Cloud Storage

This service is for storing files and sharing on the internet (like images, videos, documents) with high availability and performance.

Let’s look at some advantages of the GCP.


  1. GCP offers a one year free trial. After the trial period ends, the user can renew and change the current subscription.
  2. Google also provides cloud storage services. It supports all types of databases (SQL, MYSQL, etc.). The benefit of using google cloud storage is big data support.
  3. Users get the maximum time and efficiency due to the private network. This means that google provides its network to each customer.
  4. Google has its security model that currently protects Gmail, YouTube, and other products.
  5. It has built-in backups.
  6. Unlike azure and AWS, google cloud doesn’t prioritize the versatility of computing services. Its main center of operations is the compute engine.

GCP is steadily productizing its internal systems and infrastructure that it uses to build google search, maps, Gmail and all of its other products.

Google cloud platform console - gcp consoleIt is literally what google uses itself, made available to any software developer with a credit card.

Not everything that is used internally at google has been productized for external consumption at this point, and of course it is a moving target.

More formally, GCP is a blend of IaaS and PaaS services.

There’s the usual compute, storage and networking that is the bedrock of any IaaS.

There are then higher level services built with those core building blocks, such as a MySQL database-as-a-service, NoSQL, BigQuery columnar database and so on.

There’s also a PaaS service which offers a higher level abstraction of your app, trading off the ability to tweak the underlying compute or storage layer in return for simplicity.

Uses Of The Google Cloud Platform Console

This console can be used to perform simple storage management tasks for cloud storage.

Some typical uses include:

  • Enabling the Cloud Storage API for a project.
  • Creating and deleting buckets.
  • Uploading, downloading, and deleting objects.
  • Managing identity and access management (IAM) policies.

Things you can do with google cloud console

1. Storage

The cloud console enables you to perform basic storage management tasks with your data using a browser.

2. Creating a bucket

Cloud storage uses a flat namespace to store your data but you can use the cloud console to create folders and mimic a folder hierarchy.

3. Uploading data to a bucket

You can upload data to your bucket by uploading one or more files or a folder containing files. You can also upload objects to the cloud console by dragging and dropping files and folders from your desktop or file manager tool to a sub-folder.

Note: Dragging folders onto the cloud console pane is only supported in chrome. Dragging one or more files onto the cloud console pane is supported in all browsers.

4. Creating and using folders

Because the cloud storage system has no notion of folders, folders created are a convenient way to help you organize objects in a bucket.

So now you know about the advantages and uses of google cloud console, it’s time to get started.

I hope you enjoyed this!.

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