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VMware has unveiled a new VMware Cloud Native Master Services Competency. This new Master Services Competency (MSC) will enable current and future partners to architect a Kubernetes-based platform supported by complementary technologies from the cloud native ecosystem for continuous delivery of applications. The Cloud Native MSC is intended for those individuals who focus on Cloud Native Operations, Development, Site Reliability Engineering, and DevOps.  This Master Services Competency builds upon the VMware PKS Solution Competency introduced in February 2019 to provide partners with the capabilities to offer and deliver VMware PKS and Kubernetes services to their customers.  The VMware Master Services Competencies are designed to help partners demonstrate customer-centric solutions and technical proficiency, with proven success and expertise in a specialized area of business.

 

The Cloud Native Master Services Competency has two key requirements for partners to complete:

  • (3) Completions of the Cloud Native Master Specialist Badge
  • (1) Customer Reference

 

In order for partners to obtain their Cloud Native Master Specialist badge they must:

  • Complete the Cloud Native Computing Foundation Certificate: Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA)
  • Complete the Cloud Native Master Specialist badge exam, which is focused on three main areas related to Kubernetes:
    • Application Deployment to a Cluster
      • Apps made ready to deploy
      • Deployment of apps to a Kubernetes cluster
      • Containerization of apps
    • Cluster Security
      • Identifying proper Pod security policy and admission control options
    • Cluster Operations
      • Identify and implement appropriate options for backup, cluster monitoring and logging

 

Partners that wish to sit for the exam are not required to take any additional VMware courses or training.  The new Cloud Native Master Specialist badge exam is targeted to be released this fiscal quarter (Q4 FY20), along with a study guide, and information on how to prepare for this new exam.  Partners that want to start preparing now can leverage any or all of the below to help them get started:

 

VMware is excited to bring the Cloud Native Master Services Competency to market for our partners so they can accelerate their services capabilities and opportunities.  This new MSC will also help partners accelerate their capabilities as VMware Tanzu is brought to market in VMware FY21.  If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Weiner or Long Tran.