A few months ago I visited London’s Google HQ for a Kubernetes Workshop and since then I got more and more interested in Google Cloud Platform and it’s ecosystem; so much in fact that I ( temporarily ) decided to suspend my quest to achieve all AWS certifications and derailed my attention towards another cloud provider.
Last Monday I tried the Architect certification and to my own surprise, I was successful!
To be honest, I am still a little bit in shock for this result (didn’t expect to pass), so I am collecting all this information for other people who may be in the same path, but mostly for me to answer the great question: “How did I do that?”
Personally, I didn’t find the exam extremely knowledge-heavy, rather a strong understanding of how everything fits together is required.
Most of the time you will be asked to provide a solution based on what you feel may be the best practice, other times you will be required to do some lateral thinking to solve a problem in the most efficient way.
A better description of this approach would be “Know how to apply DevOps practices on the Cloud”, where the best solution comes from having to adopt the right process and not necessarily by using an existing product, may it be from GCP or a third party.
Around 20 questions are based on 4/5 use cases provide in the exam itself, in a split screen fashion; You will not be asked to work on all of them, rather to focus on 2 o 3 of them. Those use cases are freely available here, and I suggest to get yourself comfortable with them.
For example, ask yourself: how you’d you move JencoMart database on GCP? What is the best technology and why?
The other questions I found were related to containers, autoscaling, storage options and best practices.
To all of you studying for this exam, good luck!