Designing reliable systems with cloud infrastructure

| March 8, 2017

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In this video, Paul Newson discusses zonal, regional and global services in Google Cloud Platform (GCP). You'll hear tips on how to use these services to effectively design a service with the right balance of reliability and cost.

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