VMware Initiates New Certification Program

Program provides channel partners differentiation and path to highest level certification. Vendor also disclosed cloud computing collaboration effort with Google.

VMware Inc., a provider of cloud infrastructure and virtualization solutions, last week initiated a new certification program that it said connects its standard and elite programs and offer channel partners a path to its highest level badge.

The vendor said that its new Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) designation offers channel partners already sanctioned under its VMware Certified Professional (VCP) program an avenue for differentiation from competitors and a lever to distinguish themselves to customers.

The VCP program houses about 50,000 members, officials said.

VMware also said that the VCAP program provides an interim step for channel partners pursuing its Certified Design Expert (VCDX), the vendor’s highest level of certification, consisting currently of only 50 members.

The vendor’s online directory of VCDX members lists 41 people worldwide who have attained the certification. Of the 28 members with posted biographies, 16 are U.S.-based and 12 work for VMware.

The VCAP program will feature two specializations for channel partners, one for datacenter administrators and a second intended for datacenter designers.

VMware's Certified Advanced Professional Datacenter Administrator (VCAP-DCA) certification is aimed at system administrators, senior consultants, and technical support engineers working in complex virtualized environments. The exam for the VCAP-DCA badge will be available beginning in July.

The VMware Certified Advanced Professional Datacenter Design (VCAP-DCD) certification is targeted at IT architects who design VMware solutions in multi-site environments. The exam for the VCAP-DCD medallion will be available in August.

VMware solution providers praised the vendor’s VCAP offering for providing channel partners with opportunities for differentiation.

“Getting VCP is like getting Novell’s Certified Novell Engineer status,” said Jamie Shepard, executive vice president, technology solutions, International Computerware, a Marlborough, MA-based solution provider.

“VCP is pretty common. Customers can get it, too. VCAP is a stepping stone to VCDX. I want to get all our VCPs to VCDX eventually.”

Fifteen ICI employees currently maintain the VCP certification and its chief technical officer holds the coveted VCDX badge, Shepard said.

Matthew Weiner, strategic solutions development manager at Nth Generation Computing, a San Diego-based solution provider, said that the VCAP program is valuable but partners are now just learning about it.

“Based on the description ... I would say that Nth is highly likely to obtain both the advanced design certification for our solutions architects and the advanced system administration certification for our delivery team,” Weiner said.

New agreement with Google

VMware also said that it has entered into a technology collaboration with Google Inc. to construct solutions to help developers build, deploy and manage applications in public and private clouds.

“Companies are actively looking to move toward cloud computing,” said Paul Maritz, VMware chief executive.

“VMware and Google are aligning to reassure our mutual customers and the Java community that choice and portability are of utmost importance to both companies,” he said. “We will work to ensure that modern applications can run smoothly within the firewalls of a company’s datacenter or out in the public cloud environment.”

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