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Autoscaled Managed Instance Groups

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This course has been designed to teach you how to deploy network and compute resources on Google Cloud Platform. The content in this course will help prepare you for the Associate Cloud Engineer exam.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand key networking and compute resources on Google Cloud Platform
  • Be able to explain different networking and compute features commonly used on GCP
  • Be able to deploy key networking and compute resources on Google Cloud Platform

Intended Audience

  • Those who are preparing for the Associate Cloud Engineer exam
  • Those looking to learn more about GCP networking and compute features


To get the most from this course then you should have some exposure to GCP resources, such as VPCs and Compute Instances. However, this is not essential.


Whenever you're deploying an application that may or may not experience usage spikes, it's a good idea to leverage a managed instance group. What a managed instance group does is allow you to operate an application across multiple identical VMs. To achieve robust scalability and availability, you can leverage managed instance group features that include things like autoscaling, autohealing, regional deployment, and even auto-updating. When you take advantage of an autoscaled managed instance group, you have the ability to automatically add or delete instances as the load on the application increases or decreases. 

Hosting an application on an autoscaled managed instance group allows that application to gracefully handle traffic increases. It also helps reduce costs because the number of instances is reduced when the load is no longer there. In the next lesson, we'll walk through the process of creating an autoscaled managed instance group from an instance template.

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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.

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