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By Samantha Allen
11 Dec 2018

Why become VMware Certified?

We all know the importance of IT within business these days. To remain successful the majority of companies will need to modernise their IT infrastructure over the coming years. VMware is used by most enterprises to help them evolve digitally. As more companies virtualize their IT infrastructures and move to the cloud, VMware certifications will be in even higher demand. Corporate companies rely on VMware certified professionals to support their business, so investing in training now is a wise choice.

It’s estimated that by the end of 2019, around 70% of companies undertaking data center transformation will face a shortage of people with the ability to translate business needs into effective IT investments and operations plans. The majority of successful business and project milestones are met by well-trained cloud migration teams. With VMware certification, you’ll have the complete skills a business needs to increase the success rates and ROI of their evolving projects, increasing your value to the business, and improving your earning power. Being a VMware certified professional can also improve your productivity and help you provide a higher level of customer service.

What is VMware?

VMware is a company that provides desktop software and server applications for virtualization. Founded by five different IT experts in 1998, VMware has become one of the key providers in the industry. It’s now owned by Dell EMC and provides an extensive range of cloud computing and platform virtualization software and most notably, its hypervisors.

What is a hypervisor?

Also known as a virtual machine manager, or a server virtualization platform, a hypervisor is computer software, firmware or hardware that creates and runs virtual machines.

As we’re talking about virtual computing, it’s not an easy thing to grasp. In the context of business, let’s look at a shared office. This shared office is one big building that holds many rooms, and many different businesses. Each business can be compared to a virtual machine, and the building is the hypervisor. Just like with a shared office, you can welcome new businesses or introduce new virtual machines. You can also manage the ones currently there, or remove them. A non-virtual machine or a regular (non-virtual) server can be compared to a business that has exclusive access to its own building.

The computer that a hypervisor runs virtual machines on is called a host machine, and each virtual machine is called a guest machine. The hypervisor provides the guest operating systems with a virtual operating platform and manages the execution of the guest operating systems.

VMware ESXi is the enterprise software hypervisor for servers. It runs directly on server hardware without requiring an additional underlying operating system. You may not think relying on an operating system is a hindrance, but it can slow things down. Time is money in the world of business. Let’s say you want to do something simple like put a notice board or poster on the wall in your office. The operating system is like the landlord or office manager and you’d need to wait for their permission before going ahead and putting it up. Remove the operating system or landlord/office manager and you can do whatever you want as quickly as you like.

What kind of training do you need for VMware?

VMware has a brilliant range of training available, depending on your experience level and specialism. If you’re new to VMware then this foundation level course for vSphere is essential. This five-day course features intensive hands-on training that focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6.5, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. This course will give you the skills to manage a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It’s the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

If you’re not completely new to vSphere but want to build on the basics then the vSphere Optimize and Scale course is designed for people with some experience. But if your previous experience or training was done before 2015 you may need to bring your skills up to date with this course - “What’s new Vsphere 5.5 to 6”. This course is recommended for people that want to deploy vSphere 6 into an existing vSphere environment. If you complete this course you’ll also be prepared for more advanced vSphere 6 courses.

Perhaps you’re not into vSphere at all, but want to learn how to manage data and operations across other physical, virtual or cloud environments such as Hyper-V, Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS). In that case this training course is ideal as it focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vRealize™ Automation. This course will also help you understand and achieve the benefits of automation as a component of the software-defined data center.

You may like to learn how to manage virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform. This course will teach you how to configure and deploy pools of virtual machines, manage access and security of the machines, and provide a customized desktop environment to end users, using VMware Horizon 7.

How to get VMware certification

It’s extremely simple to book your training courses to get VMware certified. We’ve popped some links in the above guide, and you can see the full range of VMware training courses HERE.

You can view the course content, choose a date or location that suits you, or if easier you can request to have any of the courses delivered at your office. We’ll come to you - and it’s even more cost-effective to have your training in-house.

If you’d like to find out more about VMware certification GET IN TOUCH or BOOK YOUR TRAINING HERE.