Monthly Archives: April 2015

New VMware Roadmap: Cloud Associate Certs

vmware cloud certifications, roadmap, cloud computing, vmware certified associate 6 cloud management and automation vca6-cma, vmware certified associate 6 hybrid cloud vca6-hc, new it certification examsAs we continue to explore the new VMware vSphere 6 certification roadmap, let’s take a look at the new Associate Level Cloud credentials.

As you look into the certification layout, it’s easy to notice that VMware offers 2 similar certifications: VMware Certified Associate 6 – Cloud Management and Automation (VCA6-CMA) and VMware Certified Associate 6 – Hybrid Cloud (VCA6-HC). They are similar in a way that neither of them has any formal prerequisites, and candidates can get started with some very brief preparation.

So which one is the better option? The CMA (Cloud Management and Automation) seems broad enough to provide you with knowledge to be used in various environments, with different employers. The hybrid cloud, however, is the ultimate trend in cloud computing for 2015. This is essentially the cross between the public and private clouds, taking the best from both worlds. With what many describe as the failure of the private cloud, more and more companies turn to hybrid cloud as their long-term solution for cloud computing. So, from the point of applicability, either of the two credentials makes an excellent choice.

VMware Certified Associate 6 – Cloud Management and Automation (VCA6-CMA)

This certification, VMware Certified Associate 6 – Cloud Management and Automation (VCA6-CMA), allows candidates to gain credibility as cloud computing professionals. After passing this certification, VCA6-CMA credential holders will be confident discussing cloud computing, the business challenges the vCloud Suite is designed to address, and how deploying VMware Cloud solutions can solve these challenges. Furthermore, these certification holders will be capable of defining cloud computing and applying Cloud Computing and VMware product features and components to help solve the Elasticity, Efficiency, Availability, and Management challenges of an on-premise cloud infrastructure.

To be eligible for the VMware Certified Associate 6 – Cloud Management and Automation (VCA6-CMA) certification, candidates are recommended to take the VMware Cloud Fundamentals online course. This is a self-paced course which takes 3 hours. Interested candidates can register for it here.

Furthermore, candidates need to pass the exam associated with VCA6-CMA credential:

VMware Certified Associate 6 – Cloud Management and Automation Fundamentals Exam: 1V0-603.

The 1V0-603 exam consists of 50 questions and is 75 minutes long. The questions are single and multiple choice, non-proctored. The passing score for this exam is 300, and the price is $120.

VMware Certified Associate 6 – Hybrid Cloud (VCA6-HC)

The second VMware Associate level certification for Cloud computing within the new VMware certification roadmap. The VMware Certified Associate 6 – Hybrid Cloud (VCA6-HC) helps candidates gain credibility when discussing cloud services, the business challenges that vCloud Air and related technologies are designed to address, and how leveraging a secure, dedicated hybrid cloud platform can address those challenges.

Successful certification holders can easily define technical requirements for public, private and hybrid cloud platforms, describe and differentiate vCloud Air and related services and technologies and identify common use cases and how they can be addressed.

VMware Certified Associate 6 – Hybrid Cloud Fundamentals Exam has the code 1V0-602. Just like with the previous credential, the exam also contains 50 questions (single and multiple choice, non-proctored) which candidates have 75 minutes to complete. The passing score is 300, and the price is the same USD 120.

Overall, both certifications VMware Certified Associate 6 – Cloud Management and Automation (VCA6-CMA) and VMware Certified Associate 6 – Hybrid Cloud (VCA6-HC) are great Associate level credentials for IT professionals interested in starting their path in cloud computing with reputable certifications and excellent upgrade options. Both credentials allow for excellent professional growth and career potential, so candidates have a luxury of making their choice based on their professional interest and passion.

New VMware vSphere 6 Credentials: the VCPs

As VMware has recently released the new version of vSphere, it has also updates its certification program. Click here to read more about vSphere 6 and how it’s different from VMware vSphere 5.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the new VMware vSphere 6 certification roadmap. Here it is:

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So what’s so different about the new vSphere 6 certification roadmap? First of all, it’s the fact that VMware replaces the VMware Certified Advanced Profession (VCAP) with VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX) level. The VCIX level has been first introduced with the NSX and from the vSphere 6 VCAP would be replaced with VCIX.

Furthermore, VMware introduces its first beta exam: vSphere 6 Foundations Beta Exam, which will be associated with the VCP credentials, including VCP6-DCV, VCP6-CMA, VCP6-DTM, VCP6-NV. These certifications also require one more exam each (new exams specially tailored for vSphere 6), however, the new beta version Foundations exam is drawing more attention.

VCP- Level Certifications

Let’s take a closer look at the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certifications. All of them will now have 2 exams:

  •  “Foundation” exam (2V0-620) that is online and covers the basics of vSphere/virtualization. The exam consists of 100 questions: single choice, multiple choice, proctored etc. vSphere 6 Foundation exam fee was announced as $50.
  • “Elective” exam that (combined with the Foundation) will grant the VCP-level certification.

The Foundation exam covers basic vSphere requirements and validates the basic knowledge and understanding of vSphere 6.

The second, ‘elective’ exams differ depending on the credential and specialization chosen.

 VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)

VMware’s VCP6-DCV credential validates candidates’ skills and capabilities of configuring, administering and scaling a vSphere virtualized data center. VCP6-DCV certification holders are expected to deploy, consolidate, and administer virtualization technologies including vSphere HA and DRS Clusters, storage virtualization using VMFS, Storage DRS and Storage I/O Control, network virtualization using vSphere standard and distributed switches and Network I/O Control, vSphere management using vCenter Server and vRealize Operations Manager Standard, and Virtual Machines.

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Cloud Management and Automation (VCP6-CMA)

VCP6-CMA certification has been designed for candidates looking to validate their skills and experience deploying and configuring vRealize Automation into a vSphere virtualized data center, using vRealize Automation and related technologies to deploy and manage services across a multi-vendor, multi-cloud infrastructure.

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP6-DTM)

VCP6-DTM is checks and validates candidates’ abilities to deploy and configure Horizon with View into a vSphere virtualized data center, and to use View and related technologies to deploy and manage virtual desktops and applications through a single platform.

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV)

VCP6-NV covers and tests every aspect of knowledge candidates need to install, configure, and administer a vSphere data center virtualized with VMware NSX, demonstrating creation and administration of a virtual network including Layer 2 switching and both static and dynamic Layer 3 routing, virtual network devices, and edge services such as DHCP, DNS, and NAT.

Although the certification program has just been rolled out this spring, serious candidates need to start their VMware VCP6 exam preparation. First of all, VMware recommends that candidates have at least 6 months’ experience with vSphere 6. This isn’t required, and you can take required courses and exams any time, this requirement demonstrates that candidates are expected to be fully proficient in vSphere 6. If you’re unsure of how the new vSphere 6 differs from vSphere 5, check out this post or consider taking this brief course (also recommended by VMware as an upgrade option to vSphere 6 certifications).

 

VMware vSphere 6: New Release & New Certs

VMware has just released the new version of vSphere, the company’s virtualization solution: VMware vSphere 6.vSphere 6 is the industry’s hottest virtualization platform that targets the hybrid cloud and lays the foundation for the software-defined data center. And just it usually happens with new releases of the vSphere, VMware has also updated its certification program, releasing a series of certifications specially optimized for VMware vSphere 6. Here’s the new VMware vSphere 6 certification roadmap:

roadmap

We’ll review the newly updated VMware vSphere certification program soon. But today let’s take a closer look at the newly released version of the vSphere. What makes VMware vSphere 6 so cool?

What You Need to Know About VMware vSphere 6

Compared to the previous version, the vSphere 5, this generation boasts over  650 new features and innovations, VMware vSphere 6 provides customers with a highly available, resilient, on-demand cloud infrastructure to run, protect and manage any application. VMware vSphere 6 will be complemented by the newest releases of VMware vCloud® Suite 6, VMware vSphere with Operations Management™ 6, and VMware Virtual SAN™ 6.

Furthermore, VMware vSphere 6 will deliver breakthrough new capabilities to address the unique needs of business-critical and cloud-native applications, and drive higher performance, scale and consolidation ratios. VMware vSphere 6 will also re-define infrastructure and application service-levels and availability. According to VMware’s press release, new features include:

  • Broad Application Support – VMware vSphere 6 will address the specific challenges of cloud-native applications, including agile development cycles and multiple application instances. With VMware vSphere 6, organizations will be able to manage thousands of component instances of a single cloud-native application. New scale, performance and availability capabilities also make vSphere 6 the platform of choice for virtualizing scale-up applications such as SAP HANA, scale-out workloads such as Hadoop, and business-critical applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database, and SAP ERP.
  • New Long-Distance Live Migration Capabilities – VMware vSphere 6 introduces Long-Distance vMotion®, which will enable zero downtime live migration of workloads over long distances such as New York to London. With multi-processor fault tolerance, another industry first, customers will benefit from continuous availability for larger virtual machines up to four virtual-CPUs.
  • Instant Clone Technology – Introduced as Project Fargo, a technology preview at VMworld® 2014 San Francisco, VMware’s Instant Clone technology will make it possible to rapidly clone and provision thousands of container instances and virtual machines to make new virtual infrastructure available in sub-second timeframes.
  • 3D Graphics for Desktop Virtualization – VMware vSphere 6 will enable enterprises to deliver high-end workstation and graphics-intensive applications to virtual desktops such as VMware Horizon® 6 for industries such as engineering, automotive, education and architecture. Using NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology, immersive 3D graphics can be delivered from the cloud enabling greater density, scalable performance and increased cost-savings. Read the NVIDIA and VMware joint announcement.
  • Enterprise-Class Hypervisor-Converged Storage – VMware’s flagship will provide enterprise-class scale, performance and new data services making it the ideal storage platform for virtual machines including business-critical applications. Read more about VMware Virtual SAN 6.
  • Virtual Machine-Awareness for Third-Party Storage – VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes is the industry’s first solution that will enable native virtual machine awareness on a wide range of third-party storage systems, extending VMware’s software-defined storage control plane to the ecosystem. Read more about VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes.

Attention App Developers! Get Certification Credits for Your Work With Microsoft AppToCert

microsoft, apptocert, microsoft app developer, windows phone, it certification examAre you a Windows Phone or Windows Store Apps developer? Microsoft has some great news for you: from now on, becoming a Certified Microsoft Developer has become easier. You can get credits for your apps instead of taking certification exams – and it’s NOT a belated April Fool’s joke.

The company has recently announced the changes to its AppToCert program for 2015 – and they are great. Microsoft has finally realized that app developers learn their craft by doing; they spend months developing and testing their apps in order to make them cool. As a result, these people have neither time, nor motivation or money to sit expensive Microsoft exams in order to get certified. As an answer to this challenge, Microsoft has came up with AppToCert Program.

AppToCert Program targets HTML5/JS or C#/XAML developers enabling them to get credit for up to two exams by showing the app development work they are doing. Isn’t it perfect – getting certified for what you actually do, not for what you have managed to cram by your caffeine-packed brain? With the new program, Microsoft will review the apps you’re working on and will provide you with tips on app design and implementation, and address common pitfalls and blockers to getting apps into the marketplace.

Earning credit towards certification through AppToCert can now be achieved simply by completing these three steps:

Pass either a Core or Intermediate technical review of your application by a Microsoft engineer

Publish or update your application in the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store

Take and pass one Microsoft developer certification exam from a list of Web, SharePoint, and Windows Store app exams.

Are you ready to submit your app for review? Click here to register for Microsoft AppToCert program.