The VMCE-A1: Design & Optimization V1 (VMCE-A1) exam is the second requirement to acquire the Veeam Certified Architect (VMCA) designation, after the VMCE-A: Design & Optimization V1 traning. Compared to VMCE exam is more costly, but it’s also another level. The exam must be taken at a Pearson VUE local testing facility with a time extention (30 minutes) for not native english (based on the Country of the testing center). Total time (without time extention) it’s 70 minutes, but it’s not a huge constraint.
Is the right time to invest in some new certifications cloud oriented? Probably yes, but which one? There are different types of cloud computing, with different types of services but also in different way to consume them. All private cloud services are already covered by exisiting product certifications and does not change too much (maybe just in the name of the certification). The only difference is that private clouds are not just an on-prem virtual infrastructure (virtualization is not cloud computing) but has management tools to provide better automation, agility and self provisioning.
Like the vExpert 2016 announce, also this at the beginning of February the vExpert 2017 list has been announced. Also this time I’ve been confirmed as a vExpert. The list is available on this VMware blog site: vExpert 2017 Award Announcement.
The Veeam® Certified Architect (VMCA) certification is the highest level of Veeam technical certification and was introduced in 2016 (initially based on v8 of the product, but now it include also v9 and v9.5). It require an exisisting Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) certification and also complete the Veeam Certified Engineer – Advanced: Design & Optimization (VMCE-ADO) training and exam:
On the second half of 2016, VMware has started new vExpert (sub)programs on different technologies. One was the vExpert VSAN. And finally the list of 2016 vExperts who received the VSAN award has been published. The program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware Virtual SAN. There will be an application once per year for each of the sub-programs. Applications for 2017 will open around February of 2017.
On the second half of 2016, VMware has started new vExpert (sub)programs on different technologies. One was the vExpert NSX. And finally the list of 2016 vExperts who received the NSX award has been published. The program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware NSX. There will be an application once per year for each of the sub-programs. Applications for 2017 will open around February of 2017.
With the high (and growing) number of VMware certifications, could be difficult track your certification expiration (actually only for the VCP certs), your transcript, or simple plan the right path in order to reach a desidered certification. But finally a new tool has been added to manage all your VMware certifications: the VMware Certification Manager.
Finally, after a lot of months after the beta version (with still no info about the results), VMware has released the live (aka “GA”) versions of two of the first two VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 (VCAP6) exams: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 — Data Center Virtualization Design (VCAP6-DCV Design) VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 — Cloud Management and Automation Design (VCAP6-CMA Design)
The Network Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX-NV) certification was something different compare to other “advanced” level certifications in other VMware paths: only a lab based exam (the deploy, configuration and manage part) and you have done! Other VCIX paths require both the admin (now simple called deploy, but it’s not only deploy related) and the design exam, and recently both intermediate exam has been called again VCAP exam (see this post).
Compared to vExpert 2015 announce, this year VMware is really sharp and today they have announced the vExpert 2016 list for the first half of the year. Also this time I’ve been confirmed as a vExpert. The list is available on this VMware blog site: vExpert 2016 Award Announcement. Note that also this year, like the 2015, the vExpert program as slightly change again with one application every six months… So new people will be announced in the second half of this year.
After the definition of VMware certification roadmap v6 and the VMware certifications upgrade rules there are some new (little) changes. Based upon the feedback that VMware has received from the users, they have decided to update the structure of our advanced credentials. As you probably know the VCAP formally was “replaced” by the new VCIX certication: