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Log Insight and Admission Control Videos added to the Learning Zone

SEM_Banner_LearningZone_300x250_V1SEM_Banner_LearningZone_440x230_V1VMware Learning Zone subscribers get one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts. This subscription includes all the latest videos we release each month, like these two new series covering vRealize Log Insight and vSphere Admission Control.

VMware vRealize Log Insight by Steve Flanders

  • Creating a Log Insight Cluster
  • Constructing and Saving Queries
  • Configuring Log Insight Agents Server-Side
  • Performing a One-Time Configuration
  • Configuring Archiving
  • Configuring Active Directory
  • Planning a Deployment

VMware vSphere Admission Control by Matt Vandenbeld 

  • Overview
  • Understanding “Define Failover Capacity by Static Number of Hosts”
  • Understanding “Use Dedicated Failover Hosts”
  • Understanding Percentage-Based Admission Control
  • Understanding Slot Sizes

These videos are available NOW to anyone with an active VMware Learning Zone Standard or Premium subscription.

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The Network Virtualization Certification: A Career-Building Essential! [Infographic]

There’s no question about it: Network Virtualization is the future. As virtualization moves in to replace the hardware-centric networks of yesterday and today, the most sought after IT practitioners will be those who know Network Virtualization inside and out. Staying competitive in IT means growing your knowledge, building marketable skills, and developing virtual savvy

Get ahead of the curve. Check out our infographic to find out how you can expand your networking career through VMware Network Virtualization Certification.

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Less than a month away VMware Expert Forum 2016

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VMware Expert Forum is heading to the UK on May 23-25th, 2016. Taking place at VMware EMEA Headquarters in Staines, London, this is an opportunity to experience VMware’s vision firsthand and discuss the evolving IT market with like-minded peers and experts. Unlike any other classroom training or workshop you’ve attended – this is a technical event delivered by technical experts for technical people!

VMware’s experts running the sessions are well known and look to share extensive experience working with clientele worldwide. The sessions are based on the infrastructure of vSphere and different storage products plus workshops on NSX and end-user/ mobility technologies (including VMware’s Airwatch). Engage with professionals in a non-sales environment and interactive workshop sessions. Check out the agenda and speakers in our brochure here.

The Expert Forum facilitates a collaborative environment and the focus is to establish a setting where people who are skilled and knowledgeable on VMware technology can learn from each other. Register today and share insights, best practice and implementation at VMware’s Expert Forum.

 

 

 

 

4 Exam Retirements in June, New Courses Released and Exam Registration Simplified

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4 Exam Retirements in June
This June we will be retiring some of our older version 5 certification exams. Check out the 4 upcoming exam retirements details in this blog post.

4 New Courses Released: NSX, Virtual SAN, vRealize Operations Manager, & App Volumes
VMware Education Services released 4 new courses last month. Learn more about each course and see if they would be a good fit for expanding your IT knowledge in this blog post.

Simplified Exam Registration Process
VMware has teamed up with Pearson VUE to make the exam registration process even easier. Just click “Register Now” to be directed to your personal Pearson VUE VMware account to complete registration. Get the details in this blog post.

VMware Certification Spotlight

Please give a huge round of applause to the following people who earned a VMware Certification last month:

  • @SzumigalskiS : Just received email with my score for VCAP5-DCA. PASS. Thank you @VMwareEducation
  • @wowitsdave : Passed! Waiting for it all to register, but I’m a newly-minted VMware Certified Professional! #vcp #vmware
  • @Virtual_Trotski : Took and passed the vcp6-dtm. Tough exam… a lot cover. Desktops have come a long way #VMware #vcap #horizon
  • @tbgree00 : I passed my @VMwareEducation #VCAP DCD yesterday. Two VCAPs in a month. All my work has paid off!

We know there are more people who recently earned a VMware certification. If you would like to be spotlighted in the future, be sure to tweet out which certification you earned and add the hashtag #vmwcertified. You can also check out #vmwcertified on Twitter for the latest list.

Two vRealize Courses Now Open for Registration

NEW CoursesTwo new instructor-led training courses covering components of the VMware vRealize product suite are now open for registration.

Beta versions of these courses may also be available. Beta courses let you participate in finalizing the near-complete course while saving 50% off the course price.

For more information about these courses, or assistance developing a learning plan for yourself or your team, please contact the Education Specialist for your area.


VMware vRealize Business: Costing and Implementation

VMware vRealize® Business™ (formerly VMware IT Business Management Suite™) provides transparency and control over the costs and quality of IT services, enabling CIOs and CFOs to align IT with the business and accelerate IT transformation. This four-day training course discusses IT costing as well as configuring and managing vRealize Business. This course will give you an understanding of the concepts and functionality of IT finance management with vRealize Business.

Data Center Automation with vRealize Orchestrator and PowerCLI

This five-day course equips experienced VMware vSphere® administrators with the knowledge to use the automation tools that all vSphere customers have access to. Using real-world use cases and examples, students learn how to automate day-to-day administration tasks with VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™ and VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™. In this class, you use these tools to automate tasks in a lab environment.

 

Save 15% on Select VMware Training Courses

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Grow your skills and seize the opportunities made possible by VMware technology. For a limited time, you can save 15% on select VMware training courses and certification exam vouchers purchased on the VMware online store.

This offer ends May 15th, 23:59pm Pacific time and cannot be combined with other promotions. Once your purchase is complete on the VMware Store, you’ll receive a token to enroll via MyLearn.

Click here to find out which courses are valid for this promotion.

Where in the World are VCAPs? [Infographic]

Our Where in the World are VCPs Infographic at the end of 2015 saw lots of interest. So, we asked Where in the World are the VMware Certified Advanced Professionals? To not much surprise, they are everywhere!

Which country do you represent?


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The IT Landscape Is Changing: Are You Ready

The landscape of IT is shifting. As cloud computing, mobile, and other technologies that enable “anytime, anywhere” business continue to claim a more central role in organizations of all types, the need for IT to transform from a strictly “keep the lights on” service organization to an integrated, strategic business unit increases.

This is a major change, and with any major change there are bound to be growing pains. In the remainder of this blog post, we’ll discuss ways organizations and IT professionals can prepare and fully embrace this change.

Adopt New Technologies

In an interview, Chris Wolf, CTO, Americas at VMware, notes that when he asks Security Administrators about their work, they report that more than 80 percent of their time is spent managing service tickets.

Enabling IT to operate strategically means adopting technologies that automate the service tasks currently occupying the bulk of IT’s waking hours. Embracing Software Defined Data Centers (SDDCs) and Network Virtualization, which provides automation, micro-segmented security, and HA/DR, will free up time for IT to focus on contributing to other parts of the business.

“SDDC automates the mundane parts of the job,” says Wolf, “so IT teams can spread their time researching threats or building automated counter-measures – all the other fun things that you see on TV.”

Know Your Role 

As IT organizations as a whole change, individual roles within IT departments will undergo transformations as well. Understanding how both the demands of business and the automation enabled by adoption of new technologies will affect the roles of IT individuals is critical in allowing for a smooth transition.

Software-Defined Shifts: The Evolution of IT Career Paths provides an in-depth glance at how individual IT roles will shift in coming days. Below are highlights from a few of the roles:

    • Today’s Role: Configuring, monitoring, troubleshooting networks
    • Tomorrow’s Role: Validating designs, automating network operations, agility champion
  • IT Architect:
    • Today’s Role: Design end-to-end solutions, align solutions to business needs
    • Tomorrow’s Role: Design multi-cloud solutions, champion innovation, enable agility and security, reduce risk
  • Virtualization Admin:
    • Today’s Role: Ensure integration availability, ensure performance of all virtual resources
    • Tomorrow’s Role: Integrate trusted modules with key services and tools

 Get Smart, Get Certified, Close the Skills Gap

One of the greatest stumbling blocks to embracing the new role of IT is a skills gap among IT professionals. In its recent survey report, Ascending cloud: The adoption of cloud computing in five industries, The Economist Intelligence Unit noted that 31% of respondents indicated that the greatest challenge to implementing cloud infrastructure was a lack of qualified personnel.

Addressing this need for educated practitioners from another angle, ComputerWorld recently emphasized the importance for IT professionals of attaining certifications. Its survey on the topic reveals that 42% of IT professionals indicate that certifications have been helpful for landing jobs and promotions and that certification in specific technologies is the biggest contributor to career advancement.

VMware offers a variety of training and certification courses for IT professionals ready to level up their skill sets. Start your journey with our Learning Paths, designed to help you find the course you need based on the product, your role, and your level of experience.

New vSphere, NSX and vRealize Orchestrator Videos in the Learning Zone

221x125_learningzoneVMware Learning Zone subscribers get one year of unlimited access to our cloud-based video training library taught by top VMware experts. Including all the latest videos we release each month, like these:

  • In vSphere 6 – Virtual Volumes (Part 1 – Presentation), Andy Cary takes you through many of the concepts around Virtual Volumes, which were newly introduced in vSphere 6. Topics include a review of the advantages of using virtual volumes, using the Hypervisor to transform storage, LUNs – VMDKs managed as data, virtual volumes – VMDKs managed as native objects, array requirements, simplification of storage administration, virtual volumes high level architecture, and many others.
  • vRealize Orchestrator Automation with vSphere Client takes you through the process of integrating vRealize Orchestrator with the vSphere 6 web client. Alistair Sutherland provides a detailed look at both the vSphere 6 web client and vRealize Orchestrator client, registering vRO and launching workflows from the web client, and using and extending context menus in the web client to launch workflows.
  • Andy Cary walks you through the specifics of setting up Network IO Control (NIOC) v3 in vSphere 6 in vSphere 6 – NIOC Enhancements: Demonstration.
  • In VMware NSX Traceflow Joe Silvagi demonstrates NSX Traceflow – added in VMware NSX 6.2 – which now allows you to trace end-to-end traffic paths through your virtual network for trout, shooting and network planning.
  • VMware NSX Central CLI by Joe Silvagi, shares some helpful information on NSX Central CLI – added in NSX 6.2 – allowing that you can run commands on multiple points in NSX from a single location. Joe discusses features, sample commands, and resources helpful to using the NSX Central CLI.

These videos are available NOW to anyone with an active VMware Learning Zone Standard or Premium subscription.

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Planning a DRP Solution, Network Functions Virtualization for Dummies, and Cloud Business Strategy

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The VMware blogosphere is a wealth of knowledge covering everything from how-to content to put your skills to the test, to strategic concepts that can help you think differently about work. Check out a few of the latest posts from the Professional Services bloggers below!


Planning a DRP Solution for VMware Mirage Infrastructure
 In this post, Eric Monjoin describes how to design infrastructures that standup and act as reliable DRP solutions. Highlighting the different components of the VMware Mirage infrastructure, Monjoin notes those Mirage components that can be easily configured to act as reliable and redundant solutions.

“Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for Dummies” Blog Series – Part 2 Gary Hamilton continues his series on “Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for Dummies.” In this blog post, Hamilton outlines network functions that can be delivered as virtual network functions (VNFs) instead of hardware appliances, focusing on use cases for connecting remote offices using vCPE and virtualizing the mobile core network using vIMS.

Cloud Business Strategy Part 2 of the Cloud Business Management Series focuses on building a comprehensive Cloud Business Strategy. In this section you’ll read about common indicators of Cloud Business Management success and learn to ask questions that can help guide and roadmap your strategic path toward ideal Cloud Business Management.

Why I Think vRealize Automation 7.0 is a Game Changer vRealize Automation 7.0 is the latest iteration of VMware’s Cloud Management Platform for automating the delivery of infrastructure, applications and custom IT services. This blog highlights some of the game-changing updates in this version of vRealize Automation, including its simplified architecture, easy installation, and Converged Blueprint Designer.

Why Should CIOs Invest in Network Virtualization with NSX?  With NSX, VMware has the premier network virtualization software, but why should a CIO invest in network virtualization? In this blog, you’ll learn about the security, agility, and availability / disaster recovery benefits of network virtualization and find out what CIOs stand to gain by investing in a top-tier tool, like NSX.

The new culture of IT echoes the industry’s earliest days. A trip back in time reminds us that in its earliest days, IT was a team made up of software developers. The digital transformation imperative of modern business once again requires that IT step into a software development role. This blog addresses IT’s evolution and transition from an entity serving internal customers to one whose impact on the end-using consumer is critical.

DevOps: The Operations Side How should Development and Operations teams work together to operate efficiently and push toward common goals? This blog covers the Operations side of the DevOps equation, outlining key roles that include automation, infrastructure and application blueprints, patches and upgrades, and systems monitoring.