VMware Inc. is readying two new certifications: the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) Enterprise Admin, and VCAP Design. The news comes via Scott Vessey, the lead instructor for VMware at Global Knowledge in the U.K. The new certifications will be more advanced than the current VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification, but will not require the design defense of the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX). An official announcement is anticipated in May, and the exams should be available this summer. Browser toolbar offers direct line to VMware tech support
VMware's Knowledgebase Team issued VMware Toolbar, a new browser toolbar that provides instant access to VMware patches and documentation, RSS and Twitter updates from VMware tech support, and peer-to-peer chat with VMware staff. It also allows the user to send a desktop alert to all users with it installed. The toolbar is available for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari and can be downloaded from http://vmwaresupport.toolbar.fm. CloudShare migration tool compatible with VMforce.com
CloudShare's new FastUpLoad migration tool uploads existing VMware virtual environments to the cloud in as little as 15 minutes. The company said that the tool is compatible with hosting services, such as the impending VMforce.com scheduled for launch next week. The company said the technology alleviates a major logistical concern about cloud: how to quickly, easily and cost-effectively move large virtual machines off-site. More information is available at the CloudShare Pro website. Hyper9 revs VEO
Hyper9 released version 2.5 of its Virtual Environment Optimization (VEO) product this week. Highlights include personalized dashboards for performance monitoring, alerting, and capacity planning; new capacity and performance planning visualizations; improved insight into storage I/O bottlenecks, including Network File System storage systems; and visbility into applications with VMware vApp support, application dependency mapping and impact analysis. More information on VEO can be found on the Hyper9 site.