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.
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:
As written in a previous post (VMware certification roadmap v6) there are already several v6 exams (and the VCP level is almost completed, although still with some beta exams for the DCV path). VCP level has also changed (Are you ready for new VMware’s certifications?) with a “foundations exam” common for all paths and then specific VCP exams. The VCP6-DCV has different upgrade paths, but if you are already a VCP-DCV (not expired) the simple way is just took the VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Delta Beta Exam. Those beta exams (for […]
With the announce of vSphere 6.0 there are of course a new bunch of certifications, changed not only in the version, but also in some other details. I’ve wrote about the new VMware certifications some weeks ago, and also on the upgrade rules from vSphere 5 based certifications. But finally, with the announce of the VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization, now available in beta (so this is the first VMware public beta for an exam?) a new column is going to populating the new certification roadmap.