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Are you applying for VCDX?

VCDX merchThe next VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) application deadline is coming up quick! If you’re interested in defending a design in June, be sure to complete your application and design by April 1.

With the application deadline looming, there are most likely some questions regarding the next defense session. I want to answer those questions here, and formally announce what will be accepted for the October defenses.

First off, if you don’t feel quite ready to submit your design by next week, there’s no need to rush — especially if it’s incomplete or if you are uncomfortable with it. You will still be able to use it for the next defense session in October. All current VCDX versions will be accepted for the October defenses (applications are due Aug 25). This includes the VCDX5-DCV, VCDX-Cloud, VCDX-DT, and VCDX-NV.

This means that, with the waiver of the VCAPs for the VCDX-Cloud and VCDX-DT, you can still take advantage of those waivers for the October session.

When the new versions of the VCDX certifications are announced later, there will be retirement dates set for these current VCDX versions. However, those retirement dates will not be before the August application deadline, in order to accept any designs being worked on now and throughout the summer (or winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere).

Note that although the current versions have a blueprint on, for example, vSphere 5 or vCloud Director, you can still submit a design that includes vSphere 6 or vRealize Automation. In other words, you may submit a design with more recent versions of products, which will most likely be included in the VCDX6 version blueprints. However, you will only receive the current VCDX version, based on the prerequisite certifications you have earned. But this does give you an opportunity to take the upgrade path to v6 when available!

Hopefully this answers some of the questions that you may have had. You can always ask any other questions or make suggestions in the comments below or by sending an email to vcdx@vmware.com.

VMware Certification GI Reimbursement Program

gi billVMware is proud that the Veterans Education Department has approved VMware certifications as part of their GI Bill Reimbursement Program benefit. As of today, Veterans may follow the instructions posted at GI Bill Reimbursement Program Instructions to submit any expenses they may have paid for those VMware certifications that have been approved.

There may be some recently released certifications that are not on the currently approved VA Education approved credential list.  As we release our newest VMware certifications we are sending the requests to the VA Education Department for approval.

VMware is very happy to be able to extend this benefit through the VA Education Department to our honored Veterans and thank them very much for their service to our country. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact certification@vmware.com.

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Select VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification exams will be available at EMC World 2015 at a 50% discount.

To claim your 50% discount follow these steps:

  • Complete the VMware certification authorization process (click here for detailed instructions)
  • After you receive your authorization, click here to pre-register for the VCP EMC World conference testing discount.

To take advantage of this offer, be sure to schedule your appointment at EMC World via pre-registration. Walk-in registrations will not be allowed for these exams at EMC World.

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Migration Paths from v5 Certification to v6

A few weeks ago we announced the new roadmap of version 6 certifications, and mentioned that there would be migration paths for those who held certifications on the previous version. Here is more about those migration paths.

  • Upgrading from VCP5 to VCP6: Only one exam is required. There is no course attendance required (but it is recommended).
      • There will be five VCP6 migration options across the four technology tracks: Data Center Virtualization (DCV), Desktop and Mobility (DTM), Cloud Management and Automation (CMA), and Network Virtulization (NV):
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    • If you hold one of the following v6 certifications you will be automatically migrated to the equivalent new VCP6 certification:
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  • Upgrading to VCIX6: For anyone certified as a VCAP5 one exam is required. There is no course attendance required (but it is recommended).
      • We are still working on the VCIX6 exams, so some of the details are pending, but I can provide you with this information:
        • If you hold either a VCAP Administration or Design certification, you will be given credit towards the corresponding VCIX6 requirement for that track, so you only need to take the other VCIX6 exam (the one that you have not earned). For instance, if you have a VCAP5-DCA then you would only need to take the VCIX6 Data Center Design exam to earn your VCIX6-DCV.
        • If you hold both VCAP Design and VCAP Admin certifications for a certification track you can take either the VCIX6 Design exam or the VCIX6 Admin exam in order to upgrade to the new VCIX6 credential for your technology track (this policy was updated based upon your feedback belowthank you!).
        • If you hold a VCIX-NV certification you will be automatically migrated to VCIX6-NV.
  • Upgrading to VCDX6: If you hold a VCDX5, you will only need to take the VCIX6 Design exam in the corresponding solution track.

Obviously there are a lot of possible certification combinations so I can’t cover them all in a single post. In general, our stance is that once you are certified, we want to make a readily available path for you, to help you stay up-to-date and current on your certifications.

Once the new certifications are released, more specific information on migration paths will be made available. Please sign up to be notified when they are released.

Thank you!,

Paul Sorensen

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The EMEA VCI of the Quarter award winner for the period of October to December 2014 is Andy Fox from United Kingdom. Over the quarter he delivered several classes and on several of them all the students gave him perfect scores along with outstanding feedback such as

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Congratulations Andy!

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Location Date Facility Speaker Sign up
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