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2015 IT Skills and Salary Survey – Now Open

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How does your salary compare to national averages? What skills are in demand in the competitive job market? Which certifications and training impact salary? Help us discover these answers and more by participating in our 2015 IT Skills and Salary Surveywww.penton.com/research/KL/gk2015gkvmw

Global Knowledge and VMware are conducting one of the industry’s most extensive and comprehensive studies of IT and business professionals. Last year, more than 16,300 from around the globe completed the survey. By providing insight into your profession, we can make this year’s survey even bigger.

Just what kind of trends in skills and salaries can be gleaned from these studies? Well, the Global Knowledge IT Salary and Skills survey has been tracking the trends in skills development for IT professionals since 2008. One of the key trends observed is the rise in importance of virtualization as a means of extended IT resources. In support of that trend has been the development of certifications which document an IT professional’s skills and capabilities to drive effective use of virtualization technology.

VMware certifications have a demonstrated impact on the holder’s skills as well as their earning potential. For example, in the 2014 IT Salary and Skills study the average salary for all IT professionals was $87,873. Respondents who hold a VMware certification saw a positive salary differential of $6,915 – that’s 7.9% higher. The salary differential is even higher when you compare IT professionals involved in virtualization without a certification to those who are VMware certified.

We invite you to be part of this important research to identify IT and business pros’ salary trends, valuable training and certifications, and other fundamental topics. Completing the survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll receive a complimentary copy of our IT Skills and Salary Report when it’s published in March.

Complete the survey by October 24th to be entered in a random drawing to win one of eight $250 American Express gift cards.

Get started now at this link:

www.penton.com/research/KL/gk2015gkvmw

The Future of VCDX

VCDX merchLet me start off first by introducing myself to the education community and blog followers. If you have not already heard or read my personal blog post from last week, I’ve decided to take on the role of VCDX Evangelist for VMware.  If you don’t know anything about me, here are a few interesting tidbits I borrowed from the internal announcement email.  I figured that was easier than re-writing anything, and being accused of self-promoting myself since my new manager Steve Beck wrote it.

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New On Demand Course: VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage [V5.5]

sanAnnouncing the release of a new On Demand training class: VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage [V5.5].

This course looks at how Virtual SAN is used as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center (SDDC). After completing this course, you will be able to deploy and manage a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN 5.5, as well as

  • Identify benefits of software-defined storage solutions 
  • Explain file, block, and object-oriented storage 
  • Identify Virtual SAN requirements, use cases, and architecture components
  • Plan and design a Virtual SAN deployment
  • Configure Virtual SAN clusters
  • Identify benefits of storage policy-based management
  • Scale a Virtual SAN deployment based on storage needs
  • Monitor and Troubleshoot Virtual SAN

Get a Half Price VCP Exam Voucher when you take NSX Training from VMware

network-engineerVMware NSX is the network virtualization and security platform for the software-defined data center. NSX brings virtualization to your existing network and transforms network operations and economics.

VMware offers several training classes to help further your career in this exciting new technology, and for a limited time whenever you attend one you’ll also receive a 50% off VCP exam voucher.

View the eligible course dates and complete terms and conditions here and register now. This offer is only good for courses completed before December 19, so act fast.

Whether you are getting certified for the first time or looking to recertify, this is a terrific opportunity to discover cutting-edge NSX technology and save on your next exam.

Current VCPs – Save 25% off VCP Exams & Get Recertified

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If you’re a current VMware Certified Professional (VCP), you can save 25% off any VCP exam taken before January 1, 2015. This is a great opportunity to save money and get recertified before the March 10, 2015 deadline. (For the recertification policy details visit vmwarerecertification.com.) This 25% discount is good towards any of these exams:

 

VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization
      Exam Code: VCP550 Request Authorization Now!
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VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop
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VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization
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To claim your 25% exam discount, just enter discount code VCPRECERT25 when you check out on the PearsonVue site. But act fast. This discount is only good on exams taken before January 1, 2015.

Read the complete terms and conditions here.

Question of the Week (Software-Defined Data Center)

This week’s question comes from the Software-Defined Data Center video series.

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A) Nicira NVP is multi-hypervisor
B) Nicira NVP provides firewall capabilities
C) A portion of Nicira NVP functionality is built into vSphere
D) All of the above


Click through to the comments for the answer and learn more here.

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VMware VMworld 2014 Book Club: Books and Interviews, Part 2

In the first post of this VMware books series, we watched what unfolded when VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) Eric Sloof camped out at the VMworld bookstore and interviewed authors about their new titles covering everything from VMware Virtual SAN to networking for VMware administrators to VMware Horizon and virtualizing SQL Server.

In this post, we’ll look at the rest of Eric’s interviews covering virtualizing Microsoft applications, VCAP5-DCA and VCP5-DCV study guides, and a little bit of trivia to test your knowledge at the end.

VMworld TV: Matt Liebowitz and Alex Fontana Talk Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere


Why are virtualized applications different? Authors Matt Liebowitz and Alex Fontana talk to Eric about their book, Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere. Watch the interview to find out what these guys know and what you should consider when virtualizing everything from Active Directory to Exchange to SQL Server and SharePoint.

VMworld TV Interview: Author Bill Ferguson of Global Knowledge, VCP5-DCV Official Cert Guide


Author Bill Ferguson discusses his official certification guide for VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV). As a fellow VCI, Bill has been teaching VMware classes, but he’s also Cisco guru who teaches NSX. In this book, he pulls it all together. You may be wondering, is NSX something for me if I don’t have a networking background? Find out what Ferguson says in his interview with Eric.

VMworld TV Interview: Author John Davis of New Age Technologies, VCAP5-DCA Official Cert Guide


VCI John Davis talks about his new book, the VCAP5-DCA (VMware Certified Automation Professional 5 – Data Center Administration) Official Cert Guide. John has been teaching since 2004 and was the 13th VCI in the United States. In the interview he notes that his favorite topic to teach is troubleshooting because he gets paid to break an environment and someone else gets to fix it. Find out more about his book and tips for taking VCAP5-DCA exam in the video.

Trivia Time: Eric Sloof’s Book Giveaway


Test your VMware knowledge! Eric stumps attendees to see what they know about VMware, products, and certifications.

If any of these books sound interesting, be sure to pick up copies of these titles and more at the VMware Press online store.

VMware VMworld US 2014 Book Club: Books and Interviews, Part 1

If there were a VMware book club starting up at this year’s VMworld, VMware Certified Instructor Eric Sloof would certainly be leading the group in lively discussions. At VMworld US 2014, he staked out at the bookstore and interviewed authors about their books, their VMware backgrounds, and their IT industry perspectives.

Learn about new books that have arrived on bookshelves, which authors he caught up with, and some of the vital bits of wisdom they dropped at this year’s event. (And get your copy of these books at the VMware Press online store.)

VMworld TV Interview: Duncan Epping and Cormac Hogan Discuss Essential Virtual VSAN: Administrator’s Guide to VMware Virtual SAN


Eric Sloof interviews authors Duncan Epping and Cormac Hogan about their new book Essential Virtual VSAN: Administrator’s Guide to VMware Virtual SAN. The authors share tips for getting started with VSAN, policy-based management, and the steps to get VSAN deployed. You may be thinking that it’s fairly easy to set up VSAN, so why is the book so thick? In short, the VSAN set may be easy, but there are considerations around networking, design, and performance, so lots to consider and ponder as you read.

VMworld TV Interviews Christopher Wahl and Steven Pantol about Networking for VMware Administrators


Eric caught up with authors Christopher Wahl and Steven Pantol to talk about their new book, Networking for VMware Administrators, available now. The book is divided into three sections: the physical network (including a dictionary), virtual components and port groups, what you need to build a virtual network, and then, finally, the design.

VMworld TV Talks to Michael Webster and Michael Corey about Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right?


One of the questions we’ll all undoubtedly ask ourselves in our careers is, “Am I doing this right?” Well, Eric Sloof snagged Michael Webster and Michael Corey, co-authors of the new book Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right? to talk about the contents of their latest tome. They talked about the rules when it comes to virtualization and the SQL stack.

VM Horizon Authors Paul O’Doherty and Stephane Asselin


Authors Paul O’Doherty and Stephane Asselin have penned a new book about VM Horizon. Paul has been working with VMware products for 10 years, from virtualization to cloud. Stephane has been in IT for 22 years, starting off as a VDI customer before moving into the business. You know if two VMware veterans who have decades of experience between them write a book, it’s going to contain a lot of history and perspective. Find out if this is the year of VDI and get their perspectives on the industry shifts that are taking place now (and what they’ve seen.)

Don’t miss the second part of this VMware books series with additional books that cover virtualizing Microsoft applications, VCAP5-DCA and VCP5-DCV exams, and a short video with trivia to test your VMware knowledge.

Save 50% on VMware Mirage Beta Training Class in California

Interested in learning how to deploy a unified image management system using VMware Mirage v5.0? Well, our new course VMware Mirage: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] can help you do just that. And on 13-15 October in El Segundo, CA, it will be run as a BETA offering, meaning you can attend for half price.

This course will also teach you how to install Mirage 5.0 and then configure security, manage images, perform a Windows migration, set up endpoint protection, and perform various management functions.

VMware offers BETA courses to anyone wanting to participate in finalizing the near complete course. You save 50% off the course price and get the same valuable VMware training. Seats in BETA classes like this one fill up fast, so act now.

Question of the Week (ESXi)

This week’s question comes from the VCP5- Data Center Virtualization practice exam.

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A) Round Robin
B) Fixed
C) Most recently Used
D) This cannot be determined


Click through to the comments for the answer and learn more here.

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