Earning a virtualization certification is just as valuable today has it has ever been. Obtaining a certification from a respected vendor is one of the best things an IT professional can do to advance his career. While no certification is a golden ticket to a new or better job, starting down the right virtualization certification path can help you stand out among the competition. However, the real advantage of a certification isn't the boost it gives your resume; it's the value of continuing your education and keeping your technical skills up to date in a fast-paced industry.
Advancing your VMware career
If you want to enhance your professional stature, gain the respect of your peers or simply validate your expertise with VMware products, acquiring a certification from the industry-leading virtualization company is the clearest way to achieve all three. VMware currently has four certification tracks: Cloud, data center virtualization, end user computing and network virtualization. Whichever virtualization certification path you choose to walk, we have a variety of articles to help you toward your goal.
The VMware Certified Associate (VCA) exam, while not overly technical, can help people who need to prove they understand various VMware technologies. Continue Reading
VCDX certification isn't practical for most VMware admins and architects, but VCDX principles about VMware architecture apply to vSphere operations. Continue Reading
If you're considering investing the time and effort to pursue VMware's pinnacle certification, VCDX, take a peek inside the VCDX panel defense. Continue Reading
There are different course requirements, costs and objectives for each level of VMware certifications, so it’s best to do your homework before taking the VCP exam or others. Continue Reading
VMware certification options are set to double, with new cloud and end-user computing titles. IT pros question how valuable the new certs really are. Continue Reading
When studying for his own VCP test, instructor Bill Ferguson realized that a grasp of the VCP blueprint was critical to passing. Check out his advice. Continue Reading
VMware has revised their cloud, data center virtualization and end-user computing programs, in addition to developing a network virtualization one. Continue Reading
When you're studying for your VMware Certified Professional certification, don't forget to learn these 20 crucial terms. Continue Reading
Getting a leg up with Microsoft certifications
While VMware is still the clear leader in virtualization, Microsoft's Hyper-V has been steadily gaining ground over the last few years. With many competitive features and a licensing model that's hard to argue with, IT professionals would be crazy to write off a Microsoft certification. While Hyper-V may not replace VMware in enterprise data centers in the foreseeable future, holding a Microsoft certification in a VMware shop can pay off big-time if your company decides to add a second hypervisor.
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Certifications for the well-rounded IT pro
VMware gets a lot of the hype and press when it comes to virtualization certifications, and Microsoft gets its fair share too, but in order to be a well-rounded IT pro in an era of multiple hypervisors and software-defined networking, you should also consider certifications from smaller companies. Citrix, Red Hat and other third-party companies offer certifications that will make you more versatile and can put you a step ahead of the rest.
Like VMware, Citrix has are different certification levels. Unlike VMware, however, Citrix doesn't require you to take a course before completing an exam. The more you know, the higher Citrix certification you can earn, all the way up to the Citrix Certified Integration Architect. Continue Reading
Not all certifications come strictly from big-name companies; there are plenty of general ones too. No matter what product you use, any well-rounded admin can benefit from an operating system certification. There also are other networking and application certifications that can help you diversify your skills. Continue Reading
Salaries prove that VMware is the leader of the pack when it comes to virtualization certifications, but other companies aren't far behind. Citrix, Red Hat and other third-party organizations all offer certifications that can benefit an IT pro. Continue Reading
There are a lot of different certifications out there, but what good are they? What do they do? VMware and Microsoft aren't the only ones who offer a valuable virtualization certification path. Continue Reading
Think you know Red Hat? Prepare for the Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator certification by taking this quiz. It will test your knowledge of Red Hat's features and capabilities and will determine if you're a true virtualization pro. Continue Reading
Popular virtualization certification options
There are many virtualization certifications to choose from, and they're all worth your time. However, these eight popular certifications are among the industry's best known and are sure to get you recognized.
- VMware Certified Associate (VCA)
- VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX)
- VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
- Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA)
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