A plethora of certification options are available from Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix, VMware, and other technology companies. Why do people seek technical certifications, and what process does a technology vendor follow in the development of an exam?
Most technology vendors publish charts and graphs that show you will earn a higher salary if you have some of their certifications. In the case of the Cisco CCIE, the company’s grueling top-level certification, that is truly the case, and those who obtain CCIE truly deserve extra-large paychecks.
I mentioned in another post that there is a big push for the current VMware VCP4’s to prepare to take the VCP5 exam by the end of February when the grace period for not having to take a class is over. I did leave out one other great resource that is worth mentioning. Cody Bunch hosts the BrownBags on Wednesday nights. The sessions have been focusing on the VCP5 exam blueprint and this week’s guest was Jason Boche (VCDX #34) and he did a great job, as always, presenting the information on virtual machines and giving the rest of us extreme home lab envy. After the VCP roadmap is the finished the BrownBags will continue with the VCAP blueprint with the idea of working for the VCDX. If you are interested in another way to study and learn from some well established people in the industry sign up and check things out.
VMware has now announced two new advanced certifications that will be available for registration in the very near future. VMware Certified Advanced Professional 4 – Datacenter Administrator (VCAP4-DCA) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional 4 – Datacenter Design (VCAP4-DCD). Both these certification and exams are a stepping stone for the VMware Certified Design Expert on vSphere 4. These new exams are for all intents and purposes an updated version of the exams needed for the VCDX certification for ESX 3 but, with the added bonus of earning certifications during the journey to the coveted VCDX certification. Let’s take a quick overview of the new certifications.