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Monthly Archives: August 2013

New Course Available: VMware vCloud Automation Center 5.2

Are you making the best use of your time and resources with the VMware vCloud® Automation Center™? The platform allows for self-service provisioning of virtual, cloud, and physical machines—key for today’s IT organizations looking  to create and manage on-demand multivendor cloud infrastructures.

Learn everything you need to install, configure, and manage VMware vCloud Automation Center 5.2 in this new 3-day training course available in many delivery formats.

Get started today!

VMware receives 2013 Learning! Award

VMware named to the #8 position in the 2013 Learning! 100 awards.  In its 3rd year, the Learning! 100 awards honor high performance, organizational culture, innovation and collaboration.

The award recognizes VMware for Customer and Partner Programs calling out collaboration as an ‘Area of Excellence.’  Learning! 100 applicants are evaluated across three criteria: Aberdeen Group’s Best-in-Class Learning & Development assessment, EMG’s Learning Culture index, and overall organizational performance. Each submission received a rating for each section, and scores were totaled to identify the top 100. Their individual Learning! 100 rankings were determined by overall performance and the impact of their learning leadership.



Scenes from the VCDX Party at VMworld

Pat Gelsinger awarding the “John Von Neumann VCDX Achievement Award” to Tomas Fojta, VCDX 099

Design Your Learning Path Any Which Way

Last year we released a learning paths tool where users could design a learning path based on their IT role, Architect, Administrator, or Engineer.  Feedback was tremendous!   It was an easy way to see what VMware courses to take.  But then the questions came … “What if I want to learn by a product-focus path for Horizon View” or “What if I want a solution focus on Software-Defined Data Center?” or “What if I want to focus on a specific  certification for VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Design (VCAP-CID)?”

All great questions and now we have an answer for you …

Learning Paths Enhanced

Learning Paths Enhanced

Announcing the enhanced version of the Learning Paths where you can learn by any which way you please: by Solution, by Role, by Product, or by Certification.  Check it out!

Stand Out from the Crowd – VMware Launches Associate Level Certification

You already know that to stay relevant as an IT professional (or an aspiring one), you need to keep up-to-date with an ever-expanding range of virtualization technologies.

But how do you do that?

With the new VMware Certified Associate (VCA) certification, which we are proudly launching today!

It’s the simplest, most affordable way to prove that you have the industry-leading VMware know-how that will help you advance your career and solidify your relevance and credibility.

We’ve heard a lot of stories and seen first hand so many times how our VMware Certified Professionals (VCPs) and VMware Certified Advanced Professionals (VCAPs) have benefited from their certifications. With the VCA program, we are expanding to help every level of IT practitioner get started on the VMware certification path.

Training isn’t required to become a VMware Certified Associate, but we’ve made free eLearning courses available for each one: Data Center Virtualization, Cloud, and Workforce Mobility.

Get started today and we’ll even give you 50% off the exam. And don’t forget, if you decide to pursue VMware certifications beyond associate, you’ll already have a head start.

If you’re ready to stand out from the crowd, to gain confidence with customers and managers, and to take advantage of every career opportunity that comes your way, you’re ready for the VMware Certified Associate certification.

And if you’re a hiring manager looking for candidates with the knowledge, drive, and adaptability necessary to help your business compete in today’s marketplace, we bet you’re already keeping an eye out for our VMware Certified Professionals. We hope you’ll add VMware Certified Associates to your list.

Stand out from the Crowd at VMworld

We’ve already given away our first prize in the Stand out from the Crowd t-shirt contest! Read on to see how you could win.

First, stop by the VMworld Certification Lounge at Moscone South, West Mezzanine and pick up your free “Stand out from the Crowd” t-shirt.

Then, just wear your shirt during VMworld and if one of the Certification & Education team spots you, you could win a $5 gift card on the spot. It’s that easy.

We’ll see you in San Francisco!



Where in the World are VCPs?

Our minds are routinely boggled by the number of VMware Certified Professionals around the world—86% of the world’s countries have them! That’s why we thought you’d enjoy this infographic showing exactly where they are and which countries have how many.

Have you connected with the other VMware Certified Professionals around you? Want to be the first one on the map in one of the few countries we haven’t reached yet? Find out more about VCP certification today.


Two New FREE vCloud Self-paced Courses Available

Two new FREE vCloud self-paced courses are now available.

VMware vCloud Connector Fundamentals [V2.5]  This 90 minute self-paced course covers the basics of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service and the main features and components of vCloud Connector including installing and configuring.  components and then verify the deployment.  Sign up today!

vCloud Automation Center: Fundamentals [v5.1]  This 30 minute self-paced course covers the main features components, architecture and configuration of vCloud Automation Center [v5.1].  Sign up today!

Guaranteed to Run Training Classes

VMware is now offering “Guaranteed to Run” classes in the United States and Canada. We understand making plans to train is an important commitment on your part and that cancellations can be disruptive to your schedule. VMware wants to ensure that your commitment to train is honored and with our “Guaranteed to Run” training classes, you can rest assured that your class will run.

Enroll with confidence and rest assured that your class will not be cancelled.

Get complete details here.

A Day In the Life of a VMware Certified Advanced Professional

When we launched our Certifications Pros series at VMworld last year, it was an immediate hit. Our readers loved the stories and preparation tips from VCDXs, so over the last year we made more videos and added profiles of VCPs and VCAPs, too.

Beginning August 25, at VMworld San Francisco, we’ll be expanding even more, capturing video stories from certified professionals right at our booth. If you are interesting in being videotaped or want more details, please contact us at certificationpros@vmware.com.

While I enjoy reading the snippets on our Certification Pros page, I was eager to hear more about how our programs have helped professionals advance their careers while also helping businesses win more business.

VCAP-DCD/DCA Adam Eckerle

I think you’ll enjoy this Q&A with Adam Eckerle, a Technical Solutions Architect at Network Storage, Inc. in Indianapolis and a VCAP-DCD/DCA.

Why did you choose to get the VCAP5 certification?

“As more VCPs became more common, I wanted to be further differentiated. I had worked with a lot of great VMware employees and consultants, and I envied their abilities. I wanted to prove to myself that I had that level of knowledge.”

How have the certifications you’ve received complemented each other in your work?

“The certification program is great in that it allows you to get very specific and focused, while giving you opportunities to grow as you move up the stack. You can focus on end-user computing, or hybrid cloud, maybe add in desktops if you want.”

“We are seeing a blurring of the lines between the traditional silos of infrastructure: networking, storage, etc. They still exist more in big companies, but they are really breaking down in SMBs. That means companies are leaning more on smart admins who can manage all levels of the infrastructure. That’s why it’s important that, at the VCAP level, you have to have core knowledge in wide range of topics.”

How does VMware compare to other certification programs you’ve gone through?

“One thing is how well researched and designed the VMware tests are. There is no way you can pass one of those exams without having a really good handle on the material. Some other testing systems, you can fumble your way through. But there hasn’t been a VMware test that I’ve passed where I haven’t raised my hands up and given myself a high-five for it. They definitely mean something.”

“Another thing that makes VMware stand out is the social connectivity. The VMware community is by far the best, most valuable one out there. It’s been great to be able to find out about instructors before I take a course and connect with them by email. Then dovetailing with that is the VMUG experience, having the opportunity to foster a lot of admins from a knowledge perspective. I enjoy helping people—I’m even doing it on Twitter. Just the other day I responded to a guy who asked if DCD or DCA would be better for him.”

Can you tell me about a specific time that your VMware certifications helped you and your business?

“My company is a VMware partner, so that helps differentiate us from the competition. Then, when I’m giving presentations to customers, I always put up my “this is who I am” slide. It’s nice to be able to put my certifications up there. It’s been a conversation starter.”

Learn more about VMware Certifications.