Coursera Specialization "Architecting with Google Compute Engine"

Last January I started the Coursera specialization Architecting with Google Compute Engine Specialization. In this article I’m going to share my experience and information about this course.

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1. What is Coursera and its Specializations

Coursera is a platform which offers lectures in short videos called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Specializations are a series of courses on a specific topic.

2. Architecting with Google Compute Engine

This specialization is provided by Google itself. It aims to train you on their cloud services: GCP.

The curriculum consists in 5 courses:

3. Feedback

Overall I enjoyed it. It takes a lot of time and watching all the videos can sometimes be boring but the content is very good. It’s usually easy to understand. But the best part is the Qwiklabs. Qwiklabs are practise exercises where they actually provide a GCP account and you can experience concrete examples. They can sometimes be a bit old but it’s mostly a great experience.

4. Is it worth it

If you’re planning to use GCP in the next few weeks/month adn you really want the certificate, I totally recommend it. However, if you want this knowledge to be useful, you have to practise. You can watch all the videos for free on coursera but you will not have the certificate and more importantly, you will not have access to the Qwiklabs, which is the most important part I think.

Another interesting point is that you can have official certification from Google and usually their specialization relates to some specific certificates. Those MOOCs are part of the Cloud Architect certificate.

That’s it! The next article will be about the other specialization that I followed “Advanced Machine Learning with TensorFlow on Google Cloud Platform”.

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