Google Cloud Best Practices: 2020 Roundup

There is an abundance of great resources that cover Google Cloud best practices. To give a little more insight into the most recent practices offered by Google Cloud, here’s a list of 17 recent articles on best practices consisting of different tips and tricks to help you fully utilize and optimize your Google Cloud environment.

Data Management

1. Ensure You Have Total Visibility of Data

  • Cloud Health Tech Staff, 5 Best Practices For Google Cloud Data Governance, June 26, 2019.

2. Design Data Loss Prevention Policies in G Suite

  • Katie Fritchen, 5 Google Cloud Security Best Practices, May 2, 2019.

3. Have a Logging Policy in Place

  • Ben Layer, A Google Cloud Platform Primer with Security Fundamentals, June 24, 2019.

4. Use Display Names in your Dataflow Pipelines

  • Reza Rokni, Tips and tricks to get your Cloud Dataflow pipelines into production, July 2, 2019.

Cost Optimization

5. Automate Cost Optimizations

  • Tudip, Compute Engine Cost Optimization, April 15, 2020.

6. Take Advantage of Committed & Sustained Use Discounts

  • “GCP has a plan called “Sustained Use Discounts” which you can avail when you consume certain resources for a better part of a billing month. As these discounts are applicable to a lot of resource like sole-tenant nodes, GPU devices, custom machine, etc. opting for these discounts would be another best practice on GCP.”
  • Neeru Jain, 10 GCP Best Practices You Should Know, January 24, 2019.

7. Use Preemptible VMs

  • Chris Parlette, How to Use Google Preemptible VMs to Get 80% Savings, March 24, 2020.

8. Purchase Commitments

  • Sean Feeney and Ron Truex, Cloud Decisions: Not as Simple as They Seem, January 10, 2020.

9. Apply Compute Engine Rightsizing Recommendations

  • Tudip, Compute Engine Cost Optimization, April 15, 2020.

10. Utilize Cost Management Tools That Take Action

  • Nicole Bavis, 16 Tips to Manage Cloud Costs, February 25, 2020.

11. Ensure You’re Only Paying for the Compute Resources You Need

  • Chris Parlette, Should You Use the Cloud-Native Instance Scheduler Tools, January 10, 2019.

12. Optimize Performance and Storage Costs

  • Justin Lerma and Pathik Sharma, Best practices for optimizing your cloud costs, April 20, 2020.

13. Optimize Persistent Disk Performance

  • Harvard Blockchain Lab, Top 6 Best Practices for Google Cloud You Should Know.


14. Apply Least Privilege Access Controls /Identity and access management

  • Connor Craven, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Security Fundamental, March 31, 2020.

15. Manage Unrestricted Traffic and Firewalls

  • John Martinez, 8 Google Cloud Security Best Practices, April 9, 2019.

16. Ensure Your Bucket Names are Unique Across the Whole Platform

  • Patrik, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Security Best Practices, December 19, 2019.

17. Set Up a Google Cloud Organizational Structure

  • Katie Fritchen, 5 Google Cloud Security Best Practices, May 2, 2019.

You can use the best practices listed above as a quick reference of things to keep in mind when using Google Cloud. Have any Google Cloud best practices you’ve learned recently? Let us know in the comments below!

Further Reading:

16 Tips to Manage Cloud Costs

15 AWS Best Practices for 2019

Originally published at on May 5, 2020.

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