What is a VPC?
What is a VPC?
1h 15m

Please note: this course has been replaced with an updated version which can be found here.


This course guides you through the key steps to configure a Google Cloud Platform virtual private cloud (VPC), which allows you to connect your GCP services with one another securely.

After a brief introduction, the course begins with how to set up and configure VPCs, including VPC peering and shared VPC. You'll learn how to configure routes, set up cloud NAT (network address translation), and configure VPC-native clusters in Kubernetes, before rounding off the course by looking at VPC firewalls. The topics in this course are accompanied by demonstrations on the platform in order to show you how these concepts apply to real-world scenarios.

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Learning Objectives

  • Configure Google Cloud Platform VPC resources
  • Configure VPC peering and API access
  • Create shared VPCs
  • Configure internal static and dynamic routing, as well as NAT
  • Configure and maintain Google Kubernetes Engine clusters
  • Configure and maintain VPC firewalls

Intended Audience

This course is intended for:

  • Individuals who want to learn more about Google Cloud networking, who may also have a background in cloud networking with other public cloud providers
  • Individuals who simply want to widen their knowledge of cloud technology in general


To get the most from this course, you should already have experience in public cloud and networking as well as an understanding of GCP architecture.


Before we jump into how to configure a virtual private cloud, also known as a VPC, let's define what a VPC is first. A VPC is a network that is automatically created for you or one you manually created to provide access to your compute engine VMs, Kubernetes clusters, and app engine websites or app engine services. A good way to visualize or to think about a VPC in your head is just compare it to how your home or work network is set up which allows your computer or smart phone or tablet to connect to the internet and how it's managed, all right? So you got that.

Now let's jump back over to Google VPC. It's the exact same thing except it's completely virtual, that you can't physically touch it, and a Google VPC can connect to data centers all over the world. And you don't have to manage it physically, which is great.

About the Author

Mark has many years of experience working with Google Cloud Platform and also holds eight GCP certifications.