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  • Technology is moving faster than our ability to train ICT professionals. Schools must fill this gap.


    Source: blogs.gartner.com/thomas_bittman/2011/.../the-end-of-server-growth and Cisco
  • Compare cloud computing jobs to global workforce (+ 3 billion) its actually ‘only’ 0.5%
    1.17 million of these jobs in North America
    10 million jobs will arise in China, India and the Asia-Pacific region – for a workforce of 1.2 billion.
  • Fast forward 14 years and VMware is now the world’s 5th largest infrastructure software company (ranked by yearly revenue)…

    The stats at the bottom speak for themselves – with the world’s largest companies standardizing on VMware and our customer base in ASEAN is second to none
  •  Key Points:
    VMware powering the public cloud, and being chosen for industry/community clouds
    VMware the choice for the most demanding, high-performance, high-scale cloud environments
  •   Key Points:
    VMware = trusted environment for SAP private cloud
  •   Key Points:
    Cost savings, while increasing throughput, and delivering high availability.
  •   Key Points:
    Small company (1000 employees) that made aggressive bet on VMware
    3x increase in production, and no downtime!
  •   Key Points:
    Increased agility for infrastructure projects
    Gemfire = faster, simpler data management = revenue
  • IT as a Service is the transformation of IT to a more business-centric approach, focusing on outcomes such as operational efficiency, competitiveness and rapid response.  This means IT shifts from producing IT services to optimizing production and consumption of those services in ways consistent with business requirements.  This changes the role of IT from a cost center to a center of strategic value. - See more at: http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vmworld-it-as-service#sthash.WZu43Pfm.dpuf

    We are delivering a broad technology and services portfolio to transform how customers build, deliver and consume applications in the Post-PC, cloud era.
  • Virtualized Applications
    Mission Critical
    Graph shows what percentage of users with existing virtual platforms (VMware, Hyper-V and KVM) have virtualised and expect to virtualize their mission critical applications by 2015:
    VMware: now ~90%, 2015 ~ 97%
    Hyper-V: now ~60%, 2015 ~ 70%
    KVM: now 55%, 2015 ~ 69%

    New Applications
    Approximate average number of sites now/planning (by 2015) virtualisation in; Test/Dev, End-User, Web Apps, Collaboration, BI, Other (from survey respondents)
    VMware: 86/89, 60/64, 79/80, 74/76, 66/71, 30/32
    Hyper-V: 36/40, 22/34, 30/33, 30/34, 23/28, 16/17
    KVM: 12.7/12.8, 5.7/6.8, 12.7/12.8, 6.8/8.8, 5.7/7.8, 6.7/10.7

    Source: http://wikibon.org/wiki/v/Users_Not_Expecting_VMware_to_Own_Virtualization_for_Mission_Critical_Applications

    Datacenter Virtualization
    Source: http://wikibon.org/wiki/v/VMware_Dominant_in_Multi-Hypervisor_Data_Centers

  • Over the last year, VMware Education have re-structured their offerings to provide role-based training and certification tracks in four core learning areas. The learning areas, shown across the top of the table, are Cloud, DataCenter Virtualisation, End User (or Workforce Mobility) and Network Virtualisation.
    There are 4 defined roles, from the entry level “Associate” to the top level “Expert” which are shown up the left hand side of the table.
    This slide shows the certification within each role for each of the four core areas.
    So if you look along the 3rd row of the table, labelled “Professional”, to the 2nd column, headed Datacenter Virtualisation, you can see the certification that you are all familiar with, the VCP5.
    The green colour indicates that the certification exam is already available.
    For each certification, learning paths exist to help you know what courses you should, or could, take to help you achieve your desired certification. I’ll speak a little bit more about these learning paths later.
    In the last row of the table is the newly added “Associate” level which contains the new VMware Certified Associate certification which is the main topic of this webex. As you can see, there are 3 associate level certifications that have just been released (shown in red) with the VCA for network virtualisation expected by the end of the year (shown in blue).
  • The VMware Certified Associate certification program, or VCA, was launched at VMworld San Francisco in August of this year.
    This slide encapsulates the benefits of the program to the candidate taking the program and the employer, or potential employer in the case of academy students.
    So, with a VCA certification, candidates could be recognised as someone with the initiative and ability to stay up-to-date with the latest virtualisation technology. The certification should help in their career to set them that little bit apart from other candidates in the IT arena. From a personal perspective, being a VCA should give them greater confidence to talk about virtualisation. With the range of knowledge that’s delivered and tested across the 4 VCA tracks, it will help candidates decide which area of virtualisation they are best suited or most proficient at.
    From the employers’ perspective, the VCA program is a way to measure and advertise the competence of their staff whilst giving the employer confidence that their staff are keeping up with technology and have the knowledge level they need. In fact, completing a VCA track can also highlight where more advanced training may be required. And of course, no employer wants to spend any more than they absolutely have to to support and develop their staff so as a training and certification program that is fully online, it minimises expenses and time away from the office.
  • The VCA certification program will increase awareness of VMware technology because more people will be talking about VMware technology. The goals of the VCA program support this end because we will have VCAs out there who can talk knowledgeably about VMware products, product capabilities and features and who are aware of market trends and best practices. In their talks with potential employers, VCAs will sound credible by demonstrating an understanding of the problems that IT face and the challenges that IT are presented with by the business. VCAs can map those business needs to VMware products and contribute to discussions involving VMware-based solutions.

    The VCA certification is at a much lower level than the VCP so it in no way replaces, or even overlaps the VCP. I would say that there is quite a knowledge gap between the VCA and VCP but as an entry level certification, the VCA is a good way to expand your knowledge from one core area to another, for example, for a datacenter virtualisation VCP, the VCA program provides a first step toward Cloud, Workforce Mobility and Network Virtualisation competency.
    For those new to VMware certification, the VCA exam could be seen as a springboard to energise and kick-start candidates on their way to higher level of achievement, VCP and above.
    Because the training and exams are online, because the elearning is free and because there are promotions to encourage take-up of the VCA, the program can be seen as a low-cost way to explore other areas of VMware technology and give candidates a chance to learn a little bit about other parts of the virtualisation spectrum to see whether it might be a path they would like to follow.
  • On this slide you can see where VCA fits into existing VMware certification and accreditation. This official recognition is designed for two domains; the customer/end user realm (on the left) where you all operate and the Partner domain (on the right) which covers the network of VMware distributors and resellers.

    In the Partner domain, the VMware Sales Professional (VSP) and VMware Technical Sales Professional (VTSP) accreditations are designed to verify sales and technical sales skills that are critical to VMware salespeople.
    In the end user/customer domain, VCP and the more advanced, VCAP, are designed to verify hands-on administrative and engineering skills critical to customer success with VMware products. So, another way to look at this - VMware accreditations are focused on pre-sales and closing the deal and VMware certifications provide the skills to run the solutions that are sold.

    The expert certification level (VCDX) is currently the only point in this model where the customer/end-user and partner domains are completely merged. VCDX certification is very hard to achieve and relies heavily on real-world experience to prove expertise across a wide range of skills that are applicable in both domains.
  • Ok, so as mentioned previously, there are currently 3, but will be 4, VCA tracks covering datacenter virtualisation, cloud, workforce mobility and network virtualisation.
    This slide gives a very brief insight into the kind of knowledge that each track delivers and as you can see, that knowledge is at a high level and aims to provide, what you might call, a ‘helicopter view’ of VMware technology as solutions to business needs. There are no numbers and capacities to learn here, as you would expect if you were preparing for a VCP exam.
    I think each box should also include “terminology” as part of the content. For some, the VCA program will be the first introduction to terms like host, virtual machine and hypervisor and the exam assumes an understanding of these terms even though it doesn’t directly test them.
  • There is a free elearning course for each VCA track, currently available in English and Japanese but additional languages will be launched mid October at VMworld in Barcelona.
    The datacenter course is 2.5 hours, the Workforce mobility and Cloud courses are 3 hours.
    You have to register in MyLearn for each course and it then appears in the myEnrollments section. Once registered you get 4 months to take the course and you then have to action a “finish” in MyLearn so that the course moves from your enrollments to your transcript.
    The important point to note here is that whilst the course exists in your enrollments, you can go back into the course at any time, that is, you can run it at your convenience and even have it available to you when you take the online exam.
    The courses are modularized, easy to navigate through (forwards and backwards) and the audio is transcribed and attached as notes to the presentation. They have a really high quality finish with animations and interactive quizzes to test understanding. The focus of the delivery is very much on product range, features and real-world use cases. There are NO figures to memorize!
    Because VCA is entry level, there are no pre-requisites. Equally, the VCA program is not a pre-requisite for anything else, not for Install, Configure, Manage classes or VCP certifications.
    Longer term, the material in the VCA learning will be taken out of the associated ICM classes. This has started with the newest v5.5 vSphere material. So although VCA is not an ICM pre-requisite, its certainly worth recommending as a good way to prepare for the more in depth instructor led classes.

  • The VCA exams are all online and are run by Pearson Vue so you can take the test from anywhere with internet access.
    The exams are all open book which means that you are allowed to have resources to hand to help you answer the questions. I, for example, ran the elearning concurrently whilst I was taking my exam. The open book format encourages learning through knowledge transfer. Its more important to get the knowledge by intelligently using available resources (and that includes asking someone!) than not get the knowledge at all.
    There are 50 multiple choice questions in the exam which require that you select 1 or sometimes 2 correct answers.
    You have 75 minutes to complete the exam, which is ample time to go through the 50 questions and in most cases, leaves enough time to use the in-built checking facility which allows you to review particular questions or all questions. It also highlights questions where multiple answers were required and you only gave 1. So the exam seems to be designed to help the candidate do as well as they possibly can.
    When you finish the exam, you get your result immediately which is given as a score out of 500 with 300 being the pass mark.
    For the most part, the exam does test the knowledge delivered in the elearning but don’t be surprised if there are a few questions which require a little extra work. Do make sure you can access the additional resources mentioned in the exam blue print and, where possible, a friend or colleague with ICM level knowledge!
  • So, how do you go about taking the VCA program?
    From the VMware education landing page, you can, at the moment, use the “Trending Now” section to find the VCA courses in the “Top Free” listing.
    Or you can just search using “VCA” for the datacenter virtualisation and Cloud courses and, rather awkwardly, “workforce mobility” for the View-based elearning.
    To take the course, you must register for it through MyLearn and that registration will be ‘live’ for 4 months during which time you can start and stop the course as often as you like.
    So you can take it when and where you want completely at your own convenience.
    Although the VCA program is designed as an elearning-exam combination, you don’t have to take the elearning in order to take the VCA exams.
  • Once you have gone through the entire elearning, it’s a good idea to check out the resources mentioned in the exam blueprint. The blueprint is available on the same page as the link to register for the exam which I’ll show you in a minute.
    Here you can see a part of the VCA-Datacenter Virtualisation blueprint with a link to the vSphere Basics guide.
    There are also a number of free videos delivered by VMware certified instructors on the VMware learning page which could be of value to prospective VCA exam candidates.
  • So now you have completed the elearning, you have ensured access to some additional resources or done some additional learning and you are ready to take the exam.
    When you select the appropriate exam from the certification page, you’ll be presented with an exam specific page which is headed with the name of the exam and these two boxes. The green box on the left is your link to the exam blueprint. The blue box on the right is your registration link for the exam.
    When you click the ‘I’m ready…’ box, you have to sign into MyLearn to register for the exam.
    You will then receive an authorization from MyLearn, to the email address that your MyLearn account uses, containing a unique candidate ID. This information is also transparently sent to Pearson Vue so you may have to wait up to 15 minutes before you get the email from MyLearn.
    Use the Pearson Vue link in the email to go to the Pearson Vue site. First time users will need to create an account using the candidate ID and supplying name and address to which they want exam certificates to be sent.
    Once logged into Pearson Vue, you can see the exams that you are authorized to take from which point you can select when you want to take the exam. The scheduling provides a 2 day time slot from the chosen date.
    When you complete the exam, your result is sent back to MyLearn and you get an email requesting that you complete the ‘manage plan’ actions in MyLearn. This is basically a few checkboxes you have to tick under the myEnrollments section.
    Once done, your MyLearn transcript is updated with your exam success (of course) and a certificate is posted to you.
  • Finally, I’d like to draw your attention to the Learning Path Tool which can be accessed from the Vmware education page. This is an excellent education planning resource which helps you decipher which courses are available for you to achieve a specified aim.
    Your aim might be, for example, to become VCP certified or it might be to gain competency in a particular product.
    Lets take that second example into a demo as I show you the learning path for someone seeking vSphere competency.
    Go to demo.
  • The message here is that everyone is advantaged. People often find our programs too good to be true and want to know what the ‘catch’ is. We have studied the job market and found that there are many thousands of jobs available that require a VCP credential. The people we train commercially usually already have jobs so we are not filling the gap in the job market. By engaging educational institutions they will graduate students that know and proficient on our technology which will enable employer to hire them and deploy our solutions
  • We offer a ‘superset’ of ILT courses. The reason for this is that IT Academy students don’t always have the background necessary to immediately take a course that leads to certification. Sometimes it is best to deliver the Overview course and Workstation course to familiarize them with the technology. I also tell them that the may make up their own syllabus and mix and match different ILT courses as well as eLearning. We respect our IT Academy schools as educational professionals and don’t tell them how to teach. What we do is to help them acquire the necessary knowledge about VMware and virtualization to make them effective in teaching about it.
  • We give schools everything they need except the hardware – after all we are a software Company. Schools get our economy of scale which enables them to purchase books directly from our print vendor at about 1/3rd of what it would cost from a normal publisher and certifications directly from Pearson VUE
  • So as a quick summary of what we have covered.
    First I talked about role-based certification for the four core learning areas of datacenter virtualisation, cloud, workforce mobility (or end user computing) and the relatively new, network virtualisation. Certification is being made available from associate level upwards to expert level.
    Then I detailed the objectives, goals and positioning of the VCA certification program so that you could see how this high-level, use-case based program is an enabler for both employee and employer and bridges between our end-user and partner domains.
    I showed you the 4 VCA programs, providing a brief summary of the content and format of the elearning.
    I explained the format of the multiple-choice exam and stepped through the process involving MyLearn registration and authorisation and scheduling in Pearson Vue.
    And finally, I demonstrated the VMware Education’s Learning Path Tool which is designed to help all VMware students navigate and plan their route through VMware education and certification.
  • Transcript

    • 1. © 2014 VMware Inc. All rights reserved. The VMware IT Academy Storage, Virtualization and Cloud Computing Dave Nelson - VMware IT Academy Program Director 20 August 2014
    • 2. Agenda  The Federation And Why Is So Important  The Importance of Virtualization and Cloud Computing  Role Based Certification Paths  VMware Certified Associate: • VCA Transforms Careers and Companies… • VCA Program Goals • VCA Positioning • VCA Tracks • Training for VCA Certification • VCA Exams and the Certification Process  Learning Paths
    • 3. The Federation CONFIDENTIAL 3 Drawing on the strengths of each of the four companies, VMware customers can benefit from a single, focused vision to move to becoming a Software-Defined Enterprise.
    • 4. EMC Academic Alliance  EMC Academic Alliance Program – Program Information http://education.emc.com/academicalliance/ – Storage Technologist Track (EMCST)  https://education.emc.com/cust/certification/framework/st/stor_tech.aspx – Find Participating Institutions  http://education.emc.com/academicalliance/institutes.aspx  Research Links – Managing Information Storage: Trends, Challenges & Options  http://education.emc.com/content/_common/docs/articles/Managing_Information_Storage_Trends_Challenges_%20and_Options_2009_2010.pdf – IDC – The Diverse and Exploding Digital Universe  http://www.emc.com/collateral/analyst-reports/diverse-exploding-digital-universe.pdf – As the Economy Contracts, the Digital Universe Expands  http://www.emc.com/collateral/demos/microsites/idc-digital-universe/iview.htm – Certification Magazine – Salary Survey Dec 08  http://www.certmag.com/read.php?start=0&in=3656 – ESG – Eliminating the Storage Skills Gap  https://education.emc.com/content/_common/docs/articles/ESG_WP_EMC_Education_Services_FINAL.pdf
    • 5. Why Virtualization Is Important & The VMware IT Academy • Current Economy • Reduces Capital Expenses • Reduces Operational Expenses • Promotes Green IT • Demand for VMware Certified Professionals • Enables Cloud Computing! CONFIDENTIAL 5
    • 6. +92%Increase in job postings requiring VMware experience at Dice.com (2011)
    • 7. Ben Fried (Google CIO) Source: CIO Journal - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 “The economics of cloud computing are driving down the cost structure of business so far and so fast that it’s scary”.
    • 8. The Next 10 Years in ICT • Will virtualization, multicore, and cloud computing trends send x86 architecture server and processor volumes down for the next decade? • It certainly is a realistic scenario – and perhaps the most likely, but…. – Mobile devices and traffic will more than double every year – Storage requirements will increase 50x – ICT Professional Growth will increase by only 1.5x CONFIDENTIAL 8 Source: blogs.gartner.com/thomas_bittman/2011/.../the-end-of-server-growth and Cisco
    • 9. Majority of Companies Expanding Cloud Computing Skills Types of skills/roles companies have added to IT departments Percentage Increase % Skills to build private clouds 69 Departmental liaisons 864 Integration specialists 63 Cloud architect 61 Compliance specialist 44 CONFIDENTIAL 9 Source: CompTIA
    • 10. Sunshine in the Clouds Cloud Computing Statistic Value 1New jobs in this sector by 2015 14 million 1Revenue per year in this sector by 2015 $1.1 trillion 2Global market for equipment by 2018 $79.1 billion 3Global spend in cloud computing by 2020 $241 billion 4Cloud services revenues by 2016 $40.8 billion 5Global digital content stored in the cloud by 2016 36% 6Amount of new workloads going directly to the cloud 33% CONFIDENTIAL 10 Sources: 1IDC, 2 Forbes, 3Forrester, 4 Wikibon.org, 5Gartner, 6VMware
    • 11. Report Cites 13% Savings For IT In 2012 From Cloud Adoption • User demand for cloud services is driving adoption in the enterprise • “Cloud systems delivered 13% savings for IT budgets last year”1 • “Organizations' adoption of cloud computing has steadily increased, which comes as no surprise given the growth of mobility and the consumerization of IT“2 CONFIDENTIAL 11 1Source: “State of the Cloud” report, CDW 2013. 2 Source: Stephen Braat, General Manager, CDW.
    • 12. The World’s Fastest Growing Infrastructure Software Company • Proven Market Leader – $5.59 billion revenue (2014) – >$6.64 billion cash (2014) – ~14,300 employees (2013) • Proven in the Trenches – 500,000+ VMware customers – 100% of Fortune 100 – 100% of Fortune Global 100 – 99% of Fortune 1000 – 97% of Fortune Global 500 CONFIDENTIAL 12
    • 13. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant CONFIDENTIAL 13
    • 14. This Is What The New Hybrid Cloud Looks Like CONFIDENTIAL 14 Hybrid cloud management is really about managing the old and the new IT worlds. Experts say hybrid cloud is necessary progression of IT Source: By Brandon Butler NetworkWorld | Jul 8, 2014
    • 15. Their Cloud, Their Business: NYSE Euronext • “We chose VMware because of their advanced technology record and their advanced thinking in cloud computing. They’re the obvious choice to work with us.” - Steve Rubinow, SVP/CIO, NYSE Euronext • NYSE private cloud manages nearly 1/3 of the world’s wealth • Complex trading operations went from days to minutes • Now offering the world’s first public cloud for the financial services industry CONFIDENTIAL 15
    • 16. Their Cloud, Their Business: SAP • “We have a very good strategic relationship with VMware – and with operational support, that’s necessary with challenges often more complex than in traditional settings.” - Dr. Wolfgang Krips, SVP Global IT, SAP • SAP’s global infrastructure is 80% virtualized, running 25,000 VMs • Private cloud houses all critical app servers; and supports its entire training business and development systems CONFIDENTIAL 16
    • 17. Their Cloud, Their Business: Revlon • “VMware is our core; it is the core of our Cloud. It allows us to be very fast…simplicity equals speed, speed equals competitive advantage.” - David Giambruno, P/CIO, Revlon • Revlon private cloud: – 98% of global infrastructure virtualized – 531 applications across the globe – 15,000 automated vMotion moves a month • 300% increase in project throughput, with zero downtime • Savings of more than $70.4M in 2 years CONFIDENTIAL 17
    • 18. Their Cloud, Their Business: Ducati Motor Holdings • “VMware has never failed us. We have grown in terms of demands and requirements, and VMware has grown in capabilities and ability to support us.” - Daniel Bellini, CIO, Ducati • Zero-to-98% virtualized in less than 2 years, all with no down time and supporting a 3x increase in production • Ducati’s IT infrastructure supports the production of 40K bikes per year, and helps them outrace competitors significantly larger CONFIDENTIAL 18
    • 19. Their Cloud, Their Business: Southwest Airlines • “Our goal is similar to that of VMware - to have the cloud seamless and transparent, so our customers, employees and IT team don’t have to care about the technology underlying delivery of the service.” - Bob Young, VP of Tech/CIO, SWA • Zero-to-40% globally virtualized in less than two years, reducing provisioning time from six days to one hour • Leverages GemFire to run critical applications accounting for 85% of total business CONFIDENTIAL 19
    • 20. Our Focus CONFIDENTIAL 20 Enabling IT as a Service IT as a Service leverages: highly virtualized infrastructure * modern development approaches * anywhere, anytime access by end users …to enable a more efficient and business-focused model for IT
    • 21. Virtualization is Key to This Shift in Focus • Virtualized applications, by 2015: – Of existing VMware users, ~97% expect to virtualize mission critical applications. – In Test/Dev, EndUser, Web Apps, Collaboration and BI applications, VMware used in +50% more sites • Datacenters: – 69% server virtualization increasing to 84% by 2015 – 24% growth expected in servers running VMware – 76% installed hypervisors are VMware. “All workload types are migrating to VMware, including mission critical and databases”. CONFIDENTIAL 21 Source: Wikibon.org
    • 22. VMware Role-Based Certification www.vmware.com/certification
    • 23. VMware Certified Associate Transforms… YourCareer As a VMware Certified Associate you benefit from: • Extra recognition – of your knowledge, initiative and commitment to stay current • Faster career progression – certified skills to take advantage of the best IT opportunities • Greater confidence – discussing virtualization with customers, peers and management • A real-world approach – so you learn what you need for your role YourCompany Employers and managers value VCA certification as way to: • Reflect the competence of staff • Fast-track learning means less time away from job • Ensure their people have the right skills for the job • Confirm their staff are up-to-date with innovative virtualization and cloud technologies
    • 24. VCA Program Goals  As a VCA, you can: • Demonstrate knowledge of virtualization products, capabilities, trends and best practices • Have credibility in discussions with potential employers • Prove your understanding of the business challenges virtualization can address • Identify business needs and map those drivers to products from VMware • Propose VMware solutions that suit the business  Not a replacement for VCP! • Good introduction to technologies for transition preparation − e.g. first step for Cloud, Workforce Mobility, Network Virtualization • A springboard to VCP, VCAP, VCDX • Low-cost way to explore possibilities • Tool to help make intelligent choices about learning paths
    • 25. VCA Positioning • Core Product Knowledge • Business Drivers • Use Cases VSP • Solution Selling • Sales Motions • Technical Sales • Consulting (Pre-Sales) • Solution Design (Pre-Sales) VTSP • Sys Admin • Install • Configure • Manage VCAP VCP VCA VCDX • Sys Engineer • Optimize • Scale • Troubleshoot • Design Architect Pre/Post-Sales • Consulting • Solution Design • Solution Delivery Customer/End-User Domain VMware Partner Domain
    • 26. VCA Tracks VCA – DCV VMware Certified Associate - Data Center Virtualization • Benefits of server virtualization across the data center • How vSphere meets business challenges VCA – Cloud VMware Certified Associate - Cloud • How to take advantage of public and private clouds • Business challenges that cloud computing addresses VCA – WM VMware Certified Associate – Workforce Mobility • How workforce mobility delivers freedom and manageability while connecting people to their data, applications and desktop VCA – NV VMware Certified Associate – Network Virtualization • How to enhance the benefits of virtualization across your network • Coming soon
    • 27. Training for VCA Certification  Free 2.5 and 3 hour elearning online course available • English and Japanese now • French, German and Spanish language modules will be live in October at VMworld Barcelona  Self-study at your convenience  Module-based with topic reviews, text notes and quizzes. Focus on: • Products and technologies • Capabilities and use-cases • Trends and best practices  No prerequisite courses required  VCA not a prerequisite for ICMs or VCPs  Streamline ICMs, e.g. vSphere ICM will have VCA-DCV material removed
    • 28. VCA Exams – On Demand, Online  Online through Pearson VUE – no test center required. • Test when and where you want, at your convenience  Exam is open book  50 question multiple-choice of the format: • Select one correct answer • Select two of the following  75 minutes to complete  Checking facility: • Allows candidate to review questions • Highlights if only one answer given when two required  Immediate result given /500. Pass mark is 300  Exam tests information in elearning but also extended knowledge. • Use additional resources listed in the exam blueprint and other people!
    • 29. VCA Certification Process – The Training  Go to www.vmware.com/education : • Go to Trending Now > Top Free  Register for the elearning course in MyLearn • Registration expires after 4 months  Take course when and where you want - at your convenience  Course is not a pre-requisite for VCA exam • Search vca for DCV and Cloud. • Search workforce mobility View-based elearning
    • 30. Before You Take the Exam - Additional Resources  Access documentation from the exam blueprint:  Use our free library of instructional videos to help you prepare: • http://vmwarelearning.com/
    • 31. VCA Certification Process – The Exam  From Certification page, click through to [create account and] register in MyLearn  Receive VMware authorization with unique candidate ID  Create Pearson Vue account with candidate ID, supply name and address  Authorized exams are displayed: • Schedule (2-day slot) and complete exam in Pearson Vue  Receive confirmation email from MyLearn: • Follow instructions to ‘manage plan’ in MyLearn  Certificate is posted to the address given in Pearson Vue, MyLearn transcript is updated.
    • 32. Learning Paths  http://vmwarelearningpaths.com/
    • 33. Value Proposition & Goals • Value Proposition: – Academic institutions have use of industry leading intellectual property – Students have affordable access to training & professional certification – VMware benefits from proliferation of virtualization competencies • Goals & Objectives: – Drive collaboration between institutions & between students with communities – Maximize awareness and competencies on virtualization products and technologies – Supply the IT industry with a pool of VMware Certified Professionals (VCP) CONFIDENTIAL 33
    • 34. VMware IT Academy Program – Two Levels CONFIDENTIAL 34 VMware has designed a flexible program to enable virtualization training in multiple formats, learning styles and levels Instructor Led Training (certification courses) eLearning courses Institute Capabilities and Competency Higher costs / resources Low start up costs/resources Entry level capabilities Higher level certification No certified trainers required Low/no ICT hardware requirement Include in existing courses or used for self-study May require VMware certified instructor to teach Specific ICT hardware requirement Minimum course content and hours required for student certification
    • 35. VMware IT Academy eLearning Offerings (1) VCA Certification Courses • VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals • VMware Cloud Fundamentals • VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals • VMware Workforce Mobility Fundamentals Infrastructure Virtualization • VMware vSphere: What’s New Fundamentals [V5.5] • vSphere Data Protection Advanced Fundamentals [V5.5] • vSphere Data Protection and Recovery Fundamentals [V5.1] • VMware vSphere: What’s New [V 5.1] • VMware vSphere: Transition to ESXi Essentials[v4.1] CONFIDENTIAL 35
    • 36. VMware IT Academy eLearning Offerings (2) Cloud • VMware vCloud Connector Fundamentals V2.5 • VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals [V5.1] • VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals [V1.5] • vCloud Networking and Security Fundamentals [V5.X] • vCloud Automation Center: Fundamentals [v5.1] Workforce Mobility • VMware Horizon Workspace Fundamentals [V1.5] • What's New in VMware Horizon View 5.2 • VMware View: Fundamentals [V5.0] • VMware View: Fundamentals [V5.X] • VMware View Design Best Practices - What's New [V5.X] • VMware Horizon Mirage Fundamentals [V4.0] CONFIDENTIAL 36
    • 37. VMware IT Academy eLearning Offerings (3) Virtualization Management • VMware vCenter Configuration Manager Fundamentals [V5.X] • VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator Fundamentals [V2.X] • VMware vCenter Operations Manager Fundamentals [v5.x] • VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View Fundamentals [V5.X] • VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager Fundamentals [5.1] • VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager Fundamentals [V2.5] • VMware vCenter Operations Manager Fundamentals [V5.6] Cloud Application Platform • vFabric GemFire Fundamentals • vFabric Hyperic Fundamentals • vFabric tc Server Fundamentals • vFabric Rabbit MQ Fundamentals • VMware vFabric SQLFire CONFIDENTIAL 37
    • 38. VMware IT Academy Instructor Led Courses (1)* vSphere • VMware vSphere with Operations Management: Fast Track [V5.1] • VMware vSphere: Overview [V5.1] • VMware vSphere: What’s New [V4.x to V5.5] • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] • VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1] • VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators [V5.1] • VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.1] • VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V5.x] • VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V5.1] vCloud • VMware vCloud Networking and Security • for vSphere Professionals [V5.5] • VMware vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.2] • VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] • VMware vCloud Director: Organization Administration [V5.5] CONFIDENTIAL 38 *Only the most recent versions are listed. The vITA Program also offers previous versions
    • 39. VMware IT Academy Instructor Led Courses (2)* vCenter • VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1] • VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze & Predict [V5.x] • VMware vCenter Operations Manager: • Advanced Usage & Dashboard Design [V5.x] • VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for Virtual Infrastructure Management [V5.x] • VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for Virtual Infrastructure and OS Management [V5.x] • VMware vCenter Orchestrator: Develop Workflows [V5.1] Workforce Mobility • VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.2] • VMware View: Design Best Practices [V5.x] • VMware View: Desktop Fast Track [V5.1] • VMware Horizon Mirage: Install, Configure, Manage [V4.0] CONFIDENTIAL 39 *Only the most recent versions are listed. The vITA Program also offers previous versions
    • 40. VMware IT Academy Instructor Led Courses (3)* Spring Developer • Core Spring 4 • Enterprise Integration with Spring 4 • Spring Web 4 • Groovy and Grails [V2.0] 4 • Hibernate with Spring 3 • Pivotal RabbitMQ 2 • Pivotal GemFire for Developers Course Catalogs CONFIDENTIAL 40 *Only the most recent versions are listed. The vITA Program also offers previous versions https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=39824&ui=www_edu
    • 41. Program Costs • No cost to Join. A simple registration form submitted for approval. • Student course kits purchased directly from VMware’s print vendor to leverage VMware’s price point based on quantity & scale. – eBooks = $16 – Hardcopy < $50 including tax & shipping when ordering 10 or more. • IT Academy partners can purchase certification vouchers directly from VMware’s certification testing delivery partner (Pearson VUE) at a discounted rate of 70% off commercial cost. • IT Academy partners receive eLearning courses to use at “No Charge” to supplement ILT courses or for reference for any courses desired. CONFIDENTIAL 41
    • 42. Growth Of The IT Academy In Terms Of Students
    • 43. Summary  Role-based certification from associate to expert level in the DCV, Cloud, WM and NV areas.  Objectives of the VCA; benefits, goals, positioning  Content and format of the eLearning  Exam format and process of registration and completion  Introduced Learning Path Tool
    • 44. Thank You – Questions?