The road to success begins with a virtualization certification path

Last updated:March 2014

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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.

1Getting 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.

2Certifications 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.