As part of all the new product announcements at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco VMware has quietly released a few new certifications.I am pretty excited about some of these new certs and question one of them. But this clearly is showing that being an expert in all of these areas is going to be a very hard task as VMware continues to expand their product offerings and certifications. Just trying to take all these tests will be a serious undertaking.
The first change is the VCP that everyone has known for years is now renamed as VCP-DV for datacenter virtualization.
To go along with the recently announced VCP-IaaS cert that VMware announced this summer is the new VCP-Cloud. This seems to be a step about the VCP-IaaS cert, but also seems very redundant in content. Would like to see more clarity from VMware on what the real difference is between the two.
Next up is VCAP-CID (Cloud Infrastructure Design) is the latest in the series of advanced certifications. This one will focus on the design of the various parts that make up a vCloud design.
The newest cert in the desktop track is the VCAP-DTD (Desktop Design) and it focuses on the architecture and design functions around a virtual desktop environment.
VMware Certification Roadmap
You can see from the image below that VMware is working on expanding the 3 levels of certification to their 3 main tracks, datacenter, cloud and desktops. There will be specialty certs at all levels in these tracks someday soon.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design