Cloud Engineering job role


An Associate Cloud Engineer deploys applications, monitors operations, and manages enterprise solutions. This individual is able to use Google Cloud Console and the command-line interface to perform common platform-based tasks to maintain one or more deployed solutions that leverage Google-managed or self-managed services on Google Cloud.

As you probably know already, cloud computing is a big deal. Businesses continue to use it to offer customers a wide range of online services. There are three categories of cloud computing that companies use.


Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) refers to the providing of instant computing infrastructure that is managed over the internet. This type of service allows companies to gain quick access to the resources needed to build out services and technologies delivered over the cloud. IaaS companies include Amazon, Rackspace, Google, and many others. IaaS companies manage the hardware so their clients don't have to.


PaaS stands for "Platform as a Service." It refers to cloud-based platform services like operating systems, databases, programming language execution environments, etc. PaaS provides the framework that is accessible to multiple developers to build custom software upon.


SaaS, or Software as a Service, is the most known of the three categories of cloud computing. SaaS is the actual software delivered to the user over the internet. It doesn't need to be downloaded and installed on individual devices in order to be used by an individual, team, or company which makes it easy to use and highly scalable. Google Apps, Dropbox, and DocuSign are SaaS examples.

Get real world experience

Before attempting the ACE exam, it's recommended that you have 6+ months hands-on experience with Google Cloud products and solutions. Ready to start building? Explore the Google Cloud Free Tier for free usage (up to monthly limits) of select products, including BigQuery and Compute Engine.

The ACE exam guide contains a complete list of topics that may be included on the exam. Review the exam guide to determine if your skills align with the topics on the exam.

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