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VCP7-CMA Exam Now Available

vmw-lgo-cert-pro-7-cld-mgmt-autoThe new VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation (VCP7-CMA) certification validates your skills in installing, configuring, and optimizing public, private, and hybrid clouds using the VMware vRealize Suite v7.x. This exam (#2V0-731) is now available for registration at Pearson Vue.

Thank you to everyone who assisted in the exam development process, including everyone who took the beta version of this exam. Those beta exam results should be released by the end of December.

Edited: 12/1/106 13:30

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.

Cloud Professionals Stay in Demand

It comes as no surprise that most experts are predicting continued growth in cloud computing. Adoption has beenClouds rapid and widespread—PC World recently reported that 90% of businesses use cloud services to some degree—and it’s not slowing down. Which is why we’re so excited about the opportunities for IT professionals who have top-quality cloud training.

Help wanted for cloud-trained professionals

There’s great demand for professionals with current training and certifications to support cloud infrastructures and develop new applications. In their “Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015”, Gartner listed cloud computing stating that “both internal applications and external applications will be built on this new style” and IDC predicts that “cloud services will remain a hotbed of activity in 2015 with $118 billion in spending on the greater cloud ecosystem.”

Where does this leave you? IT professionals need sharp skills and ongoing training to thrive in this cloud-focused world. A survey of U.S. federal managers showed that only 10% of agencies have been able to migrate significant portions of IT to the cloud because of a lack of skilled staff. Many are hiring new employees to take on key cloud roles and investing in training to develop important skills.

Stay current on cloud technologies

We’re pleased to offer a wealth of training options in 2015—from on-demand to onsite—to help you stay current on cloud technologies. Take a look at our cloud certification offerings as a way to validate your existing skills.  Or maybe an on demand course on VMware vCloud Automation Center is more your speed. Check out our vast education and training offerings to help you stay ahead of the curve. It may just be the smartest move you make in 2015.

New Exam for VCP-Cloud Certification Available

VCP-CloudThere is a new exam available to qualify candidates for the VCP-Cloud Certification.

This new exam (exam code VCPC550) is based on vCloud Automation Center 5.2 and vCloud Director 5.5, where the existing exam (exam code VCPC510) is based on vCloud Director 5.1. Passing either of these exams will earn VCP-Cloud certification if you have also taken an approved required course.

Learn more about these exams.

Note: There is still a third method to earn VCP-Cloud certification; if you already have your VCP5-DCV or VCP5-DT certification you can take the VMware Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) exam (exam code VCPVCD510). You are not required to take a course if you follow this path.

Free Book Excerpt: VCP-Cloud Official Cert Guide

Our friends at VMware Press have released another excerpt from the VCP-Cloud Official Cert Guide:

VCP-Cloud Cert Guide 

What Is a vCloud Resource?

VMware defines cloud resources in two sections, compute and network resources. vCenter Server clusters and vSphere hosts provide compute resources, while vCloud Networking and Security (in conjunction with vCenter Server) provides the network resources. We covered network resource configuration and allocation in Chapter 6, “Configure and Administer vCloud Networking.”

vCloud Director enables compute resources to be provisioned using a provider virtual datacenter (vDC), assigned to organizations through organization vDCs, and finally consumed by users through containers called vApps.

In this chapter, we discuss compute resources and how vCloud Director presents those resources to you, the cloud administrator. Then, we explain how to define the consumption model for those resources, and ultimately how the end user consumes the resources provided.

Read the rest…

New VCDX Defense Date Added

Due to popular demand we have added another date for VCDX candidates to defend their design: October 28-30 in Singapore. If you are interested in participating, applications will be due by August 30.

Defenses will be scheduled for VCDX4-DCV, VCDX5-DCV, and VCDX-Cloud. Visit the program web site for more details.

Get Cloud Ready and Save 15% with vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage

Need a good introductory course to vCloud?  vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage demonstrates how to deploy VMware® vCloud Director® for a small private cloud environment and manage the ongoing operation of the deployment. The course focuses on the private cloud in an engineering or quality assurance solution, covers all the fundamentals needed to install, configure, and manage any small private cloud with vCloud Director, and is a prerequisite for other courses that cover more advanced vCloud Director configurations.

Right now, for US and Canadian only, you can save 15% if you attend the course prior to June 30, 2013.  Find a course in your location:

Sign up for vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage and start thinking about building your cloud!

VCAP-CIA Exam Released

Earning your VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Administration (VCAP-CIA) certification validates your ability to install, configure, and administer complex, single and multi-tenant public/private/hybrid VMware vCloud environments. Achieving VCAP-CIA status shows that you have advanced cloud
administration experience and can:

  • Configure and maintain vCloud Director
  • Manage vSphere resources
  • Manage vCloud Director resources
  • Manage complex vCloud Director networks
  • Manage security
  • Manage catalogs and vApps

Learn more about this certification.

Video Overview of the VMware Cloud Certifications

Watch as Undeleeb Din, VMware Enablement Lead for the VMware Certified Instructor Program, details the VMware Cloud Certification programs.

IT Professionals – Get Cloud Ready

Industry experts say IT professionals should stay on top of the shift to cloud computing. To get Cloud Ready with VMware, you have a couple of paths to choose between, but if you’re just getting started, then attend one of the two courses listed below, either one is a qualifying courses for a VCP-Cloud Certification.

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Begin your journey to get cloud ready with VMware today!