Hello. I am Philipp Maier, a Course Developer at Google. Welcome to networking in Google Cloud platform. Consider for a second the impact Google search has on our daily lives, with timely and relevant responses. Now, think of other Google products, Gmail, Maps, Chrome, YouTube, Android, Play. Each of these products has over one billion monthly users. Google had to develop networking technologies, to meet the requirements of a distributed computing infrastructure, that can support those billions of users. Google Cloud's goal is to share these innovations and infrastructure with you, so that you can also impact and delight your users. We cover a critical piece of that infrastructure, which is the network. This map represents GCP's network, from an infrastructure perspective. As of this recording, GCP's well provisioned global network, connects 52 zones, to over 100 points of presence, through hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber optic cable. Google is continuously investing in this network, with new regions, points of presence, and subsea cable investments. On top of this network, GCP uses state of the art software defined networking, and distributed systems technologies, to host and deliver your services, around the world. The services shown here are a subset of all the services covered, in the second and third course. The course is built on each other. Therefore, I strongly recommend, that you take them in order. The first course is Google Cloud platform fundamentals, core infrastructure, which I have linked below this video. Defining and implementing networks, is the second course. In that course, we start by going over the fundamentals of networking in GCP, by focusing on VPC networks, subnets, and firewall rules. Next, you will learn how to control access to VPC networks. Then, we will go over how to share VPC networks across projects. Last, you will explore the different load balancing services, in GCP. Hybrid connectivity and network management, is the third and final course. In that course, you will first learn about hybrid connectivity, among networks. Next, we will cover networking pricing and billing, to help you optimize your network spend. Then you will explore a common network design patterns, and the automated deployment of networks, using deployment manager and Terraform. Last, we will go over monitoring and logging features, that can help you troubleshoot your GCP network infrastructure. Now, my goal for you, is to remember and understand the different networking services and features, and also be able to apply your knowledge, analyze requirements, evaluate different options, and create your own services. That's why this includes interactive hands-on labs, through the Qwiklabs platform. Qwiklabs provisions you with a Google account, and credentials, so that you can access the GCP console for each lab, at no cost.