As you know the EMEA edition of #vBrownbag has started and it has covered the VCP on the Cloud and the EUC (or DT) path and some VCAP (for more information, see the full list of certification paths and my session at the #vBrownbag at VMworld). The next scheduled session is dedicated at VCAP5-CIA certification (the admin part of the cloud path) with an introduction and the analysis of section 1 of the official blueprint:
The VCAP-CIA is the administration VCAP related exam for the VMware Cloud certification path. Was released some months ago (after the common beta period) and is the second type “admin role based” exam (after the VCAP-DCA one). Considering how is recent and new there are only few info about it: some exam experiences (mostly in the beta period), the confirmation that is based on vCloud Director 5.1 and of course the official page and documentation (including the blueprint). There is also a CIA LinkedIn Group to discuss your study plans. Strange but there isn’t yet […]
Build a vCloud lab is interesting to increase your skill and knowledge, make some test and of course preparing for the VCAP-CIA exam. If you build on a ESXi nested environment you will not have too much problem (except with old hardware that may not support complete ESXi nesting with vSphere 5.1). With a VMware Workstation environment (of course with enough memory and resources) could be more fun and portable. But could be more difficult if you plan to use vCloud Director virtual appliance.
The Cloud path is one of the new certifications paths from VMware announced during the last VMworld US. I’m not sure that it will remain an independent (from the -DCV) path also in the future, considering that VMware now is pushing on the vCloud Suite rather than only the single vSphere or vCloud Director part. But this is just a my guess. Actually the Datacenter Virtualization (vSphere) and the Cloud (vCloud Director and related products) are two separated certifications paths.
This was another exam where I’ve lose the opportunity to try during the beta due to the lack of available time. But during the last VMworld EU I’ve plan to take it, considering that I require few time (for the exam) e was also with a good discount! The blueprint version 2.21 is still based on vCloud 1.5 (funny considering that the VCP5-Cloud exam is based on vCloud 5.1), so just remember to be prepared on the previous product (there is also a free self-paced course on vCloud Director 1.5)! When I took the exam […]
Veeam has recently announced a new product cloud oriented: Veeam Backup & Replication Cloud Edition. It includes several features, like: Supports 15 cloud vendors, including Amazon and Azure No cloud API’s to learn No re-design of local backup processes Encryption on the fly or at rest (configurable encryption up to AES 256-bit) Control bandwidth in real time and schedule limits to ensure bandwidth during working hours
The challenge! SMB segment could be a (big) challenge due to the following reasons: Requirements: in most cases are the same of the enterprise segment. For example the required availability and SLA are really close and may imply similar solutions to achieve it. Constraints: are really different and in most cases very strictly. For example budget, but also the IT staff and skills. Evolution: and SMB may have big trend in evolution (or involution). Note that also in SMB, disaster recovery, business continuity, availability and security aspects have still to be considered. This kind of […]
Cloud computing is a way to use (and also deliver) computing resources (for a formal definition see The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing). For this reason there are different types of cloud based on which type of “computing” resources are provided. Mainly there are three big silos: Infrastructure as a service (IaaS): usually it provides VMs a virtual datacenters resources (like storage and networking), and also the infrastucture need to manage them. An example of this kind of cloud is Amazon EC2. Platform as a service (PaaS): in this case a developer platform is provided […]
VMware is working a new certification specific for the “cloud”: VMware Certified Professional 5 – Infrastructure as a Service (VCP5-IaaS). Some individuals are about to be invited to paticipate in the beta phase. The rumor goes that the public exam should be live late July. The exam will probably measure the skills and abilities installing, configuring and administering a vCloud environment. Sign up here to know as soon as it’s publicly available. See also: VMware Launched Cloud Certification – VCP5-IaaS Grapevine is Right – VCP5-IaaS Certification is Coming Soon More information on the VCP-IaaS page.