Google Cloud platform provides a range of solutions to better understand and analyze data hosted by IDC. Depending on what you want to do (see the range of options here), you may need to complete one or more of the following steps below.
The steps concerning creating a Google Cloud project and setting up billing are covered in this short video tutorial.
Obtain a Google identity
Do you have a Google identity? If so, you can proceed to the next step.
If not, it only takes a minute to create a Google identity. Note that you do NOT need a Gmail email account - you can use your non-Gmail email address to create one instead.
Set up a Google Cloud Project
See Google’s documentation about how to create a Google Cloud Project.
Learn about how to add members and roles to a project.
Set up billing for your project
Depending on your situation, you can consider the following mechanisms to support your work on the cloud:
Take advantage of a one-time $300 Google Credit (note that you will need to provide credit card information for verifying you are a real person - you won’t be charged unless you manually upgrade to a paid account)
If you have already used this one-time offer (or there is some other reason you cannot use it), you can apply for "early adopter" Cloud Credits from IDC.
You can use a credit card to cover the cloud charges.