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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Asia Pacific Certification Offers Abound

Lot of offers available.  Choose your country:

ASEAN (includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
Secure your VCP5-DCV Certification pack today and receive add-ons worth over US$600 plus the first 50 registrants receive an IaaS exam voucher!  See promotion details.

Australia & New Zealand
Secure your VCP Certification pack today and receive add-ons work up to US$1000. See promotion details for
VCP5-DCV Certification pack or
VCP-Coud Certification pack

China
Save on VMware certification exams during vForum 2013, Bejing China.  See promotion details.

India
Achieve VMware Certification with add-ons adding up to US$700.  Don’t miss out on the VCP5-DCV Certification pack.  See promotion details.

Don’t Miss Certification’s Hidden Benefits — Stand Out with VCA

We’ve enjoyed welcoming new members to our community the last few weeks—the VMware Certified Associates (VCAs)—and thought this would be a great time to focus on best practices to get the most out of your certification with weekly “Stand Out with VCA” posts. We kick off this week with a break down of how certification can benefit your current company, and how to use to improve your opportunities.

We are currently gathering stories about the benefits of a VCA certification since we launched at VMworld San Francisco just a few weeks ago. Today we’ll share some great insights from VMware Certified Professionals (VCPs) and VMware Certified Advanced Professionals (VCAPs) about how certification has impacted their work.

Support Your Team

“Getting certified has allowed my company to expand its presence in the marketplace and provide customers with a wider range of IT services,” explains Steven Maskiewicz, a solutions architect at Infinite Group, Inc. and VCP-Cloud, VCP5-DCV, VCP-DT.

Not surprisingly, being a boon to the business was a boon for Steven, too. “Once I took the step to get certified, my career moved quickly in a new direction and it opened a lot of doors,” says Steven, who advanced from a systems administrator to solutions architect title after getting certified.

While the value of a certification in hand is fairly clear, the preparation required to achieve it provides benefits that are sometimes less visible. As Don R. Crawley notes in ComputerWorld, preparing for a certification exam helps you do two things:

  1. broaden your overall knowledge base and
  2. narrow the gap between what you think you know and what you actually know.
Stay Sharp

Going through the certification process ensures that information and experience is right at your fingertips, which means you spend less time finding answers and trouble-shooting. That’s especially important since efficiency is at the top of every business’ list these days.

“I used to take time to understand ESX Environment; now I suggest a solution with a quick thought, using what I have learned in the class and labs,” says Ankit Mehta, a VCP5-DCV, VCP-Cloud and StorageWorks Solution Centre Engineer at Hewlett-Packard. That kind of confidence and quick thinking will be increasingly important as the rate of IT change continues to accelerate.

Start Conversations

Although certification obviously has its own rewards, it might not provide the opportunities you hope for if you don’t share it with the right people. Before getting certified, check with your manager first to determine which certification will be most useful to you and the whole team.

Then don’t forget to advertise your accomplishments (tastefully) by including them on business cards, networking sites (especially LinkedIn), and customer presentations (when appropriate).

Adam Eckerle, a Technical Solutions Architect at Network Storage, Inc. in Indianapolis and a VCAP-DCD and VCAP-DCA, says, “Whenever I’m giving a presentation, 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.”

Share Your Story!

You can see more insights from VCPs, VCAPs, and VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs) at our VMware Certifications Pros page. We’re hoping to add some stories from VMware Certified Associates soon, so please get in touch at certificationpros@vmware.com if you’d like to be featured there!

North America: Save 50% on VMware vCloud Director Courses

Two VMware vCloud Director BETA courses are available at a 50% savings:

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Question of the Week: VCP5-DCV

This week’s “Question of the Week” comes from the VMware Certified Professional 5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Official Study Guide.


Which of the following memory conservation techniques is used by default, even when memory is not in contention?
a. Ballooning
b. Memory compression
c. Swap file
d. TPS

See below for the answer


Not sure of the answer? You can learn more about this topic in our VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course.

 

 

Answer: d. TPS

Save 50% on VMware vSphere What’s New [V4.x to V5.5] – BETA

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VMware vSphere:  What’s New [V4.x to V5.5]
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Time: Oct 21-22 @ 9 AM CST
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Why Be a VCA?

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Learn about the newest level of certification, the VMware Certified Associate, or VCA, as VMware Director of Global Certification presents virtualization business challenges and the VMware products designed to solve them. See the VCA Overview video and hear all the certification pro stories too.

How Does Your Salary Stack Up? Take the 2014 IT Skills & Salary Survey to See

How does your salary compare to national averages? Which IT skills are in highest demand? Do training and certifications impact salary? Help answer these questions and more by participating in this online survey.

Global Knowledge and VMware are conducting the 2014 IT Skills and Salary Survey, one of the industry’s most extensive surveys of IT and business professionals. Last year’s survey had more than 23,800 participants. With your help, we can make this year’s even bigger for more comprehensive results.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of important research into how much IT and business pros earn, which training and certifications matter most, and other critical issues facing workers today. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and you’ll receive a complimentary copy of our IT Skills and Salary Report when it’s published in March.

Submit your survey response by October 18, 2013, and you will be entered into our random drawing for one of eight $250 American Express gift cards.

 

North America: Save 50% on VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]

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Question of the Week: VCP5-DCV

This week’s “Question of the Week” comes from the VMware Certified Professional 5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Official Study Guide.


Which of the following memory technologies is most closely associated with ballooning technique?
a. TPS
b. vmmemctl
c. Memory compression
d. Swap

See below for the answer


Not sure of the answer? You can learn more about this topic in our VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course.

 

 

Answer: b. vmmemctl

Europe: Save 50% on Two VMware vSphere Courses

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VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]
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