Let’s say you’re ready to put on your spacesuit, and step outside the orbiter for a space walk. That is, you want do what very few have done before.
In Datanauts terms, you’re going to go after one of the hardest certifications there is to get– VMware’s VCDX. Today, we’re going to probe our very own Chris Wahl about his VCDX certifications–he’s got two of them.
We talk about the kinds of VCDX certificates you can go after (Data Center Virtualization, Cloud Management and Automation, Desktop and Mobility, and Network Virtualization), how they fit into the VMware certification family, and how they compare to other industry certs.
Chris also shares his experiences on how he prepared, what the examination process is like, and why this certification is more about achieving knowledge than advancing your career.
If you’re interested in tackling the VCDX, see the Links section below for helpful resources.
Part 1 – The VMware Certification Ladder
- VMware market share makes it the heavy hitter in the virtualization industry
- The VMware certification ladder
- Is there an official classroom requirement?
- How many VCDX certificate holders are there in the world?
Part 2 – The Technical Requirements
- What are the different VCDX tracks?
- Let’s talk about the data center virtualization track.
- Let’s talk about the network virtualization track.
- What’s the baseline of knowledge required to get started?
- What are the major technical areas covered?
- Explain the VCDX examination
- How long does it take to get results?
Part 3 – Study Methodology
- Is everything you need to know in a book or course?
- What real-world experience helped get you ready for this?
- How many hours over how long did you put into study?
- How much money of your own did you spend, and how much was covered by your employer?
- What are the most feared subject areas, and how did you master them?
- Are there lists of things to memorize, and how did you attack that?
- What’s the silliest / most frustrating aspect of the VCDX track?
- Did you have an overall plan that guided you from “I’m going to do this” to “I’m ready to take the test”?
- What other tips do you have for people who are serious about pursuing the VCDX?
Derek Seaman’s Blog (posts related to VCDX)
Go Go Gadget VCDX (Wahl Network)