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Exam Guide

Professional Cloud Architect

Professional Cloud Architects enable organizations to leverage Google Cloud technologies. With a thorough understanding of cloud architecture and Google Cloud, they design, develop, and manage robust, secure, scalable, highly available, and dynamic solutions to drive business objectives.

Section 1: Designing and planning a cloud solution architecture (~24% of the exam)

1.1 Designing a solution infrastructure that meets business requirements. Considerations include:

    ●  Business use cases and product strategy

    ●  Cost optimization

    ●  Supporting the application design

    ●  Integration with external systems

    ●  Movement of data

    ●  Design decision trade-offs

    ●  Build, buy, modify, or deprecate

    ●  Success measurements (e.g., key performance indicators [KPI], return on investment [ROI], metrics)

    ●  Compliance and observability

1.2 Designing a solution infrastructure that meets technical requirements. Considerations include:

    ●  High availability and failover design

    ●  Elasticity of cloud resources with respect to quotas and limits

    ●  Scalability to meet growth requirements

    ●  Performance and latency

1.3 Designing network, storage, and compute resources. Considerations include:

    ●  Integration with on-premises/multicloud environments

    ●  Cloud-native networking (VPC, peering, firewalls, container networking)

    ●  Choosing data processing technologies

    ●  Choosing appropriate storage types (e.g., object, file, databases)

    ●  Choosing compute resources (e.g., preemptible, custom machine type, specialized workload)

    ●  Mapping compute needs to platform products

1.4 Creating a migration plan (i.e., documents and architectural diagrams). Considerations include:

    ●  Integrating solutions with existing systems

    ●  Migrating systems and data to support the solution

    ●  Software license mapping

    ●  Network planning

    ●  Testing and proofs of concept

    ●  Dependency management planning

1.5 Envisioning future solution improvements. Considerations include:

    ●  Cloud and technology improvements

    ●  Evolution of business needs

    ●  Evangelism and advocacy

Section 2: Managing and provisioning a solution infrastructure (~15% of the exam)

2.1 Configuring network topologies. Considerations include:

    ●  Extending to on-premises environments (hybrid networking)

    ●  Extending to a multicloud environment that may include Google Cloud to Google Cloud communication

    ●  Security protection (e.g. intrusion protection, access control, firewalls)

2.2 Configuring individual storage systems. Considerations include:

    ●  Data storage allocation

    ●  Data processing/compute provisioning

    ●  Security and access management

    ●  Network configuration for data transfer and latency

    ●  Data retention and data life cycle management

    ●  Data growth planning

2.3 Configuring compute systems. Considerations include:

    ●  Compute resource provisioning

    ●  Compute volatility configuration (preemptible vs. standard)

    ●  Network configuration for compute resources (Google Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, serverless networking)

    ●  Infrastructure orchestration, resource configuration, and patch management

    ●  Container orchestration

Section 3: Designing for security and compliance (~18% of the exam)

3.1 Designing for security. Considerations include:

    ●  Identity and access management (IAM)

    ●  Resource hierarchy (organizations, folders, projects)

    ●  Data security (key management, encryption, secret management)

    ●  Separation of duties (SoD)

    ●  Security controls (e.g., auditing, VPC Service Controls, context aware access, organization policy)

    ●  Managing customer-managed encryption keys with Cloud Key Management Service

    ●  Remote access

3.2 Designing for compliance. Considerations include:

    ●  Legislation (e.g., health record privacy, children’s privacy, data privacy, and ownership)

    ●  Commercial (e.g., sensitive data such as credit card information handling, personally identifiable information [PII])

    ●  Industry certifications (e.g., SOC 2)

    ●  Audits (including logs)

Section 4: Analyzing and optimizing technical and business processes (~18% of the exam)

4.1 Analyzing and defining technical processes. Considerations include:

    ●  Software development life cycle (SDLC)

    ●  Continuous integration / continuous deployment

    ●  Troubleshooting / root cause analysis best practices

    ●  Testing and validation of software and infrastructure

    ●  Service catalog and provisioning

    ●  Business continuity and disaster recovery

4.2 Analyzing and defining business processes. Considerations include:

    ●  Stakeholder management (e.g. influencing and facilitation)

    ●  Change management

    ●  Team assessment / skills readiness

    ●  Decision-making processes

    ●  Customer success management

    ●  Cost optimization / resource optimization (capex / opex)

4.3 Developing procedures to ensure reliability of solutions in production (e.g., chaos engineering, penetration testing)

Section 5: Managing implementation (~11% of the exam)

5.1 Advising development/operation teams to ensure successful deployment of the solution. Considerations include:

    ●  Application development

    ●  API best practices

    ●  Testing frameworks (load/unit/integration)

    ●  Data and system migration and management tooling

5.2 Interacting with Google Cloud programmatically. Considerations include:

    ●  Google Cloud Shell

    ●  Google Cloud SDK (gcloud, gsutil and bq)

    ●  Cloud Emulators (e.g. Cloud Bigtable, Datastore, Spanner, Pub/Sub, Firestore)

Section 6: Ensuring solution and operations reliability (~14% of the exam)

6.1 Monitoring/logging/profiling/alerting solution

6.2 Deployment and release management

6.3 Assisting with the support of deployed solutions

6.4 Evaluating quality control measures

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