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I am reading for GCP Architect exam and I have been going through many blogs/sites where there are good number of information is available. I would like to consolidate all my reading and would like to share with you, so that anyone who is preparing exam in future may find it useful.Let’s start with some basic understanding of cloud.What is cloud computing?Cloud computing is an information technology (IT) paradigm that enables ubiquitous access to shared pools of configurable system resources and higher-level services that can be rapidly provisioned with minimal management effort, often over the Internet.Benefits of cloud computing“Pay-as-you-go” basis, use only what you need

Also known as ‘on demand’ computing

Convert capital expenses into operating expensesFocus on rapid innovationProductivity enhanced due to no software installed“Vertically integrated” stacks enhance functionality, performance, reliability, and securityCloud computing deployment models

Types of cloud computing servicesAlthough cloud computing has changed over time, it has been divided into three broad service categories: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS).

In next part, we will explore different available cloud platforms.References: