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2017 VCDX Application & Defense Schedule

VCDX merchHere it is – the new calendar with VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) application deadlines and defense dates for 2017! The calendar will have the most current information soon. Be sure to always confirm the deadline dates as you prepare to submit your application.

The dates listed below apply for every region. Locations include the Palo Alto, US office, the Staines, UK office, and the Sydney, Australia office. Depending on panelist availability, some tracks may not be available on all dates. That detail will be listed in the official calendar, so always be sure to confirm the information there.

We will also be releasing v6 of all tracks, starting with VCDX6-DCV – look for that information to be live soon.

The schedule is:

Dec 2, 2016 – applications due
Feb 13-17, 2017 – defenses

Mar 10, 2017 – applications due
May 22-26, 2017 – defenses

June 9, 2017 – applications due
Aug 21-25, 2017 – defenses

Sep 22, 2017 – applications due
Dec 4-8, 2017 – defenses

Note:  Dates may be subject to change based on physical location availability or other unforeseen issues. Candidates should never book travel until they have received an invitation to defend for the confirmed defense week. Actual physical locations and dates will be updated in the calendar and on the invitations to defend.

Accelerating Business-Critical Applications

HCS for BCAs BriefThe performance of Business-Critical Applications (BCAs) such as database processing, email servers, and Web 2.0 workloads can help separate your company from the competition. But as you move to more virtualized systems keeping them running smoothly comes with its own set of challenges.

  1. BCAs are increasingly more complicated to manage than non-critical applications.
  2. BCAs demand high levels of availability and reliability that have traditionally required expensive storage systems.
  3. BCAs can have higher cost of ownership expenses due to dedicated hardware.

This free brief from the VMware Hyper Converged Infrastructure team explores these issues in more detail, along with:

  • Benefits of Running BCAs on VMware Hyper-Converged Software
  • Why VMware Hyper-Converged Software?
  • What is VMware Virtual SAN?
  • Delivering Scalability for Microsoft Exchange
  • Boosting Performance for Web 2.0 Applications
  • Shouldering Workloads for SAP IQ
  • Improving Application Performance with VMware Virtual SAN

Download your copy today.

Get Ready for vSphere 6.5: Training Courses Now Open for Registration

vmware___c8w6485___r2VMware vSphere 6.5 is the next gen infrastructure for next gen apps. With vSphere 6.5 you can now run, manage, connect, and secure your applications in a common operating environment, across clouds and devices. vSphere 6.5 introduces several features that elevate your experience to an entirely new level. Make sure you and your team are ready to take advantage of them with these vSphere 6.5 training courses from VMware Education Services.

  • vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5] – Learn the key differences between vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.5 and how they can benefit your organization.
  • vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] – Our best-selling course! This class gives you an understanding of all VMware core Data Center technologies so that you can enable Cloud, Network Virtualization, Desktop & Mobility.
  • vSphere: Optimize & Scale [V6.5] – This class expands on the content taught in vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage, but focuses on the vSphere technologies used by the team that maintains the platform of the SDDC.

Learn more about these courses, or contact the Education Specialist for your area to develop a learning plan for yourself or your team.

VCP5-DCV Exam and Certification Retirement

VCP-DCVOur intention is to make VMware certification the most relevant and active virtualization certification in the market. Part of this includes retiring exams on older versions of our products. And so, we will be retiring the two exams related to the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) certification.

  • VCP5-DCV Exam (VCP550)
  • VCP5-DCV Delta Exam (VCP550D)

We will stop taking new registrations for these exams after March 15, 2017. If you are making a new exam appointment, you must schedule it before March 31, 2017.

Once these exams are retired you will no longer be able to earn a new VCP5-DCV certification. Of course, if you already hold the VCP5-DCV certification it will remain yours as long as you recertify every two years.

If you have specific questions or concerns please contact the Certification Support team.

3 New Free Courses + 1 New On Demand Course

NEW Courses

The VMware Education Services team has released four new self-paced training courses in the last month covering Horizon 7, vCloud Air, and VMware User Environment Manager. For more information about these or any of our other courses, or assistance developing a learning plan for yourself or your team, please contact the Education Specialist for your area.

vCloud Air Fundamentals – This free eLearning course provides a fundamental understanding of vCloud Air and how you can move or extend you on-premises data center to vCloud Air. It overviews vCloud Air, the common challenges with public cloud offerings, common barriers to public cloud adoption, and how vCloud Air helps overcome these barriers. The course then examines the vCloud Air service offerings and features, security and compliance standards, and networking concepts and services associated with vCloud Air. Finally, you will identify the various management tools that can be used to manage your vCloud Air environment with your on-premises virtual infrastructure.

VMware Horizon 7 Fundamentals – This free course gives you a fundamental understanding of the VMware Horizons portfolio, including the key features and benefits. It also explores the components and architecture of Horizon 7, the features of the Horizon Desktop, the Horizon Agent and Horizon Client. You will also get a demonstration of how to login and navigate the features and functionality of Horizon Administrator.

VMware User Environment Manager Fundamentals [V9] – This free 90-minute course provides an overview of UEM, its components, features, and benefits. The course also explains the UEM installation and configuration process and the features available in the UEM Management Console.

VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.0] On Demand – This self-paced course gives you the skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure platform. This course builds your skills in installing, configuring, and managing VMware Horizon® 7 through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs. You will learn how to configure and deploy pools of virtual machines, how to manage access and security of the machines, and how to provide a customized desktop environment to end users.

The Networking Revolution, Multi-Cloud Strategies, and Mapping the Future: An NSX Recap

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During the last few months we’ve heard from Rajiv Ramaswami, EVP and GM of Networking and Security, about how VMware NSX is driving cloud networking for our customers. In case you missed Rajiv’s videos, here’s a quick recap.


The Second Inning of a Nine-Inning Game: NSX Use Cases and the Networking Revolution

Rajiv begins the first part of the series noting that the “networking industry used to be about a single company building everything — from chips to systems to software and services. Today, it’s becoming more and more disaggregated. It’s becoming more and more software-defined.” And VMware is at the forefront of this software-defined networking revolution.

VMware customers in every geography and vertical are driving the rapid adoption of NSX as a key enabler to the cloud, and three use cases are emerging as chief applications of NSX: micro-segmentation, IT automation, and disaster recovery.

VMware’s vision continues to be to help customers automate and secure workloads in the cloud, both in VMware private cloud environments and in containers or on non-VMware hypervisors in the private and public cloud. “Regardless of where these workloads are being run, NSX can help secure those workloads in very fine grain network policing, and also automate them.”


VMware NSX Is Becoming Critical to Multi-Cloud Strategies

In part two of the series, Rajiv discusses some of the customers that use NSX to manage multiple private and public cloud. “One of the largest banks in the world is using NSX as a foundation to build out very large private clouds,” Rajiv notes. “They have those in production today, and they’re with us on a journey to extend NSX into the public cloud.”

Rajiv also discusses the success of a smaller customer in the media industry that’s using NSX to aggregate multiple public clouds inherited through a number of acquisitions. VMware NSX is allowing them to manage security, automation, and continuity across two data centers using a single, private cloud.

Additionally, these customers are driving consistency of policy from their data centers to their branch offices by extending NSX to all their sites.


Mapping the Future of VMware NSX

“We’re constantly looking to solve our customers’ problems,” says Rajiv at the beginning the third part of the series. As part of this continued commitment, VMware recently acquired Arkin, a leader in software-defined data center security and operations.

When customers deploy NSX, they typically want to achieve two things. The first is to have visibility into which applications are talking to which within the data center. The second thing is ‘day two’ operations support following deployment.

In order to drive these customer imperatives, VMware integrated Arkin into the vRealize® Automation™ suite, renaming the product VMware® vRealize® Network Insight™.

This acquisition means big, positive changes for NSX and customers. As Rajiv notes “the combination of vRealize Network Insight along with NSX is a great thing for customers. It helps them understand what they have in their data centers, and it provides them with visibility and operational support for their deployments.”


Thank you for reading, and we look forward to hearing about your continued success with NSX!



They’re Back! Education Lounge Sessions at VMworld 2016 Europe

211894-vmworld-social-media-FB-1200x630VMworld 2016 Europe is less than two weeks away! We wanted to make sure you knew about the learning opportunities available from the VMware Education Services team.

We have four great VMworld Education Breakout Sessions planned on topics including vSphere and Horizon troubleshooting. And back by popular demand will be our Theatre Sessions in the VMworld Education and Certification Lounge, located in VMvillage in Hall 8.1. You can add these to your schedule using the VMworld 2016 Europe Schedule Builder.

Things to know:

  • Each session is 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A
  • All technical sessions are presented by VMware Certified Instructors
  • Many sessions will include Q&A with senior technical support staff
  • Walk-Ins are welcome! If the session shows closed, come by anyway. We will find a place for you.

INF10005-EDU Troubleshooting Tips for vSphere 6
Presented by: Javier Menendez

  • Tue, 10/18 11:00-11:30
  • Wed, 10/19 14:00-14:30

STO10006-EDU Troubleshooting for Virtual SAN 6.2: Tips & Tricks
Presented by: Javier Menendez
Q&A Support: Francis Daly

  • Tue, 10/18 17:00-17:30
  • Thu, 10/20 12:00-12:30

EUC10008-EDU 10 Tips for Troubleshooting Horizon
Presented by: Linus Bourque
Q&A Support: Johnathan Perrot

  • Tue, 10/18 12:00-12:30
  • Wed, 10/19 11:00-11:30

NET10009-EDU Advanced VMware NSX Troubleshooting
Presented by: James Schallau
Q&A Support: Arantxa Duque Barrachina

  • Tue, 10/18 16:00-16:30
  • Wed, 10/19 15:00-15:30

EUC10010-EDU Introduction to AirWatch and VMware Identity Manager
Presented by: Andy Roberts

  • Tue, 10/18 14:00-14:30

INF10017-EDU vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource
Presented by: Brett Guarino

  • Wed, 10/19 12;00-12:30
  • Thu, 10/20 11:00-11:30

SDDC10013-EDU vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting: An Overview
Presented by: Javier Menendez

  • Thu, 10/20 9:00-9:30

SDDC10019-EDU Preparing for Your VDCX Defense: Things You Need to Know
Presented by: Brett Guarino

  • Tue, 10/18 13:00-13:30

SDDC10015-EDU Prove Your Skills and your Value with VMware Certification
Presented by: Paul Sorensen

  • Tue, 10/18 15:00-15:30
  • Thu, 10/20 10:00-10:30

SDDC10016-EDU VMware Enterprise Learning Subscription: A Complete Cloud-based Training Solution
Presented by: Steve Haft / Jason Dinsdale

  • Wed, 10/19 13:00-13:30

Students: Learn about Clouds and Win a Certification Exam Voucher!

Academy Challenge: CloudThe Academy Cloud Challenge is a fun activity where you accumulate “CloudCred” points by completing tasks, compete with other players, and earn a badge while learning about cloud computing.

The Challenge runs through 30 November, 2016 and is open to post-secondary education students exploring or pursuing a career in Information Technology.

The top 20 CloudCred point achievers will go into a raffle with a chance to win one of five VMware Certified Associate 6 – Cloud Management and Automation (VCA6-CMA) certification exam vouchers. In addition, all CloudCred badge earners will receive a surprise from VMware!

Get started today:

  1. Create a CloudCredibility account and select Academy Challenge or the default team as your initial team
  2. Select the “Other Worlds” drop-down above the Leaderboard then choose Academy Challenge: Cloud
  3. Click on Task 3709 Challenge: Welcome (Start Here) task for details and to begin

Answering Questions About Certification Inheritance

VCAPThere have been questions regarding our “inheritance” policy – if candidates who earn a second VCAP in a different technology track would “inherit” the VCP in that same track automatically. We wanted to explain our policy and how we arrived at it to give you some insight into the program.

We met with several groups, including our VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Advisory Council, key stakeholders, and customers at our recent VMworld event, and discussed what had been done in the past, and what would be the best option for the program moving forward. A key outcome of these discussions is the understanding that each individual certification covers a unique set of knowledge and skills.

Even though a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) is a higher level certification than VMware Certified Professional (VCP), you are tested on knowledge and skills in the VCP that you are not tested on at the VCAP level, and vice versa. In other words, the two certifications actually validate a different set of skills and knowledge, not simply a more advanced understanding of the same skills.

Based on this, we will not implement “inheritance” when crossing solution tracks. Or more plainly, earning VCAP6 will not automatically earn you a VCP6.

As you know, there are a lot of options to move up and across in our certification program. Here are some of the more common scenarios impacted by this policy.

Scenario #1 – If you are a VCAP5 and want to become a VCAP6 in a different track

  • You must first earn your VCP6 in the new track
  • Then you can earn the VCAP6

Scenario #2 – If you are a VCAP5 and want to become a VCAP6 in the same track

  • You must pass the VCAP6 exam
  • You will not inherit the VCP6 for that track

Scenario #3 – If you are a VCP5 and want to become a VCAP6 in a different track

  • You must earn VCP6 for that track first
  • Then you can go on to earn the VCAP6

In all cases above where a VCP is required first, you must follow the Current VCP or Expired VCP path listed on the certification program web page, depending on which one fits your situation.

We welcome your feedback and thoughts on this policy. Please comment below or email our team.

Discounted VCP7-DTM Beta Exam for a Limited Time

We need experienced and qualified people to participate and provide feedback on the new VMware Certified Professional 7 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP7-DTM) Beta Exam that is now available.

There are so many reasons to be among the first to take the new VCP7-DTM Beta Exam!

  • Get certified* on the new Horizon 7 based exam
  • Deeply discounted pricing – only $50 USD
  • Identify your exam-content strengths and weaknesses using the exam guide

This beta is only available in limited quantities, for a very limited time. Download the exam guide and register today.

* You must meet all pre-requisites and pass the beta exam to become certified