Friday, December 20, 2013

The Official VCP5 Certification Guide

Preparation is the key to exam success – even more so when dealing with the complex concepts and technical knowledge of virtualization. Companies look to those with virtualization certification to manage their most critical system and to administrate a network to thousands of end users. As a result, certification exams for virtualization are demanding, exploring areas ranging from the desktop to server; and require thorough knowledge of applications, hardware, and more.

The Official VCP5 Certification Guide by VMware Press is the only guide that is authorized by VMware, written and edited by industry professionals with years of experience in managing virtualization systems. This comprehensive guide covers all relevant knowledge pertaining to the VCP510 certification exam and several VMware programs and applications including vApps, vCenter Server, ESXi, and vSphere. From planning virtualization systems to monitoring and troubleshooting VMware applications; the Official VCP5 Certification Guide explores all parts of the virtualization process to ensure that you are prepared for your VMware certification exam.

Not only is this VCP5 Certification Guide comprehensive, but it is organized for efficient studying to ensure that concepts are reinforced. Each chapter begins with quizzes that test knowledge on the chapter’s content, helping you to decide how much time you will need to focus on each section. Each chapter ends with preparation tasks and sample exam questions to drill home core concepts. An Exam Topics list makes it easy to ensure you have covered the full range of knowledge needed for your VMware VCP5 certification exam.

Before you purchase and put your VMware exam voucher to use, ensure that you are prepared for your VMware VCP5 certification exam with this detailed guide which has already helped other virtualization professionals reach success.  VMware Certification Marketplace is your source for everything needed to obtain VMware certification, from the Official Certification guide, to VMware certification exam vouchers. Get the knowledge and tools you need to learn, prepare, and practice for VCP5 exam success!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Right VMware Certification for You

Technology is an incredibly fast-moving industry – parts of which didn’t even exist 20 years ago. While conventional IT concepts like server deployment, desktop troubleshooting, and networking have been around for well over a decade, virtualization has only became a major force in the IT world within the last 10 years. Unlike Microsoft, one of the industry leaders in software which has existed since the 1980s; and Cisco, the industry leader in networking technologies which has existed since 1984; VMware, the leader in virtualization services, only came into existence in 1998.

Despite its short history, VMware is one of the most rapidly growing companies in the IT industry. As companies look to manage more data across more devices, many of which are mobile, cloud computing is a skill that more businesses need at every level, from small shops to enterprise level corporations. Much like businesses that look for Microsoft Certified Professionals to manage their software; a growing number of companies are looking for VMware Certified individuals when hiring professionals to design, manage, and troubleshoot their virtualization systems.

Similar to how CompTIA, Microsoft, and Cisco have different classes of certifications, VMware offers several different levels of certification for individuals seeking to become VMware Certified:

  • VMware Certified Associate (VCA) is the first level of VMware certification. IT professionals with this level of certification have demonstrated familiarity with VMware environments and virtualization concepts, and have the abilities needed to design, manage and troubleshoot basic desktop and server virtualization environments. This certification is available in specialties of Cloud Infrastructure (Cloud), Workforce Mobility (WM), and Data Center Virtualization (DCV).
  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP5) - This industry-recognized certification requires completion of a VMware-authorized training course and hands-on experience with VMware technologies. The latest version of the VCP is the VCP5, introduced in July of 2011. The VCP5, like all previous versions of the VCP, is focused on evaluating a candidate’s ability to install, configure, and manage VMware’s virtualization platform; including skills like installation of ESXi hosts, use of VMware vCenter Server, networking, security, and configuration of high-availability. VCP Certification is available in specialties of Data Center Virtualization (DCV), Desktop Design (DTD), and Cloud Infrastructure (Cloud).
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) is VMware’s intermediate level exam. Available in Datacenter Administration (DCA), Datacenter Design (DCD), Desktop Design (DTD), Cloud Infrastructure Administration (CIA), and Cloud Infrastructure Design (CID), this program is designed for those who already have obtained VCP5 certification and are ready to prove their competency in working with more advanced virtualization environments including enterprise-level virtualization server and desktop installations.
  • VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the highest level of virtualization certification offered by VMware. The elite group of IT professionals with this certification have proven enterprise-level skills in VMware Solution design and implementation. designing, deploying and maintaining virtualization environments across a variety of devices at the enterprise level. Available in specialties of Cloud Infrastructure (Cloud) and Data Center Virtualization (DVC).

No matter what level you’re at in your IT career, VMware Certification Marketplace offers learning materials for all VMware Certification exams as well as exam vouchers for all VMware certification exams. Get your VMware Certification today and build your career – there’s real opportunity and real money to be made with virtualization!