So life has begun to return back to some normalcy, post-VMworld and post-Labour Day weekend (for those not in Canada or the US, the first Monday of September is pretty much a statutory holiday for both countries). VMworld, as always, was a lot of work but well worth it, IMO. The ability to connect with customers/partners and colleagues; to answer questions about products, certifications, classes and whatever else comes to mind; and sometimes to just listen to customers, partners and colleagues about how they implement our products and what neat things they come up with is the biggest reason why I always want to go to VMworld. While I haven’t made it across the “Pond” (the European version of VMworld), I always try to attend the US one at the least.
This particular VMworld was special for many since it was the 10th Annual Conference. But for me, it was extra special since it was the announcement date of my very first published book. It’s kind of weird to see your own name in print and people asking you to autograph it (especially for technical books). I’m already starting work on the 2nd edition (it’s a never-ending process in a lot of ways). For those that got the print version or the enhanced Safari version there will be some “goodies” come out in the next little while to add more variety and learning opportunities to it.
One of the neat things to come out of VMworld is the newly created VCA level of certification. A lot of people asked me if they were required to get this level of exam amongst others. Here’s a quite FAQ on it:
1. The VCA-level certifications are not prerequisites for VCP-level certifications. These certifications are not like the previously released VCA-DT that existed a while ago.
2. The target audience is really those that are fresh out of school; those in the decision making area who want a better understanding of what things like VDI, Datacenter Virtualization and/or Cloud are; or those in sales who want a better understanding of how things work without necessarily getting down to the “twisting knobs and pushing buttons” level.
3. Classes are free and online. It can be taken anywhere.
4. The exam is $150 but is currently 50% off (see here on how to get that 50% discount: http://certified-assoc.vmwareevents.com/ )
5. You can take the exam anywhere (even at home!) as long as you have a computer and a browser.
If you’ve been using vSphere for years, the VCA is not necessarily for you (you can certainly do it but you’ll likely find it fairly easy). But it will certainly help those who need a place to start from.
As for those who are interested in becoming VCP-<insert letters here> I’ll be writing a couple of enteries over the next few days on how to best study for the various exams.