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What is VMware used for?

By Samantha Allen 04 Aug 2020

What is VMware and how does it work?

VMware is a leading provider of cloud computing software and server applications for virtualisation. 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 virtualisation software and most notably, its hypervisors.

Using VMware enables you to run multiple virtual machines (VMs) on the same physical server, using a hypervisor installed on the physical server. With VMware you can run multiple operating systems on one physical server because each VM can run its own operating system. The VMs on the same physical server all share resources such as networking and RAM. 

You may also like to read our previous article “Why become VMware Certified?”

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What are the benefits of virtualisation?

Virtualisation is the foundation of cloud computing. It’s the process of creating a software-based representation of something, such as virtual applications, servers, storage and networks. Virtualisation is the single most effective way to reduce IT expenses while increasing efficiency, flexibility, agility and scalability for businesses of all sizes.

The benefits of virtualisation include greater workload mobility, increased performance and availability of resources, and automated operations. These virtualisation benefits make your IT systems simpler to manage and less costly to own and operate. Further benefits of virtualisation include minimized or eliminated downtime, greater business continuity and disaster recovery, faster provisioning of applications and resources, and reduced capital and operating costs.

What is VMware certification? 

VMware certification will enable you to integrate and manage the range of VMware technology that drives the most desired business outcomes. There are several VMware certification tracks, including Data Center Virtualization (DCV), Cloud Management and Automation (CMA), Desktop and Mobility (DTM), Network Virtualization (NV), and Digital Workspace (DW).

You can see them all in this diagram

vmware certification tracks diagram

You may also like to read our previous article “Why become VMware Certified?”

There are 4 different levels of VMware certification to choose from, depending on your job role and experience level. 

  1. VMware Certified Associate (VCA): entry level certification for Administrators, Architects & Executives.
  2.  VMware Certified Professional (VCP): for IT professionals, Administrators & Engineers.
  3.  VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP): advanced levels for Administrators, Architects & Engineers.
  4. VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX): highest level of certification for Architects. 

Read more about VMware certification HERE.

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Is VMware easy to learn?

With the right training course you can learn the skills you need to master VMware in a short space of time. Start with the right course to suit your needs, job role and experience level and then work your way up. 

Choose which area you need to focus on, such as vSphere, vRealize, VMware Horizon 7, VMware NSX-T, or VMware Cloud Foundation. Training courses in each of these areas range between 3 and 5 days worth of training per course. 

VMware training can be delivered in a face-to-face classroom environment, at your own office, in groups or 1-1, or attended live online. All of the courses we run at Go.Courses are instructor-led and delivered live, rather than pre-recorded elearning (although this is coming soon), which means you’ll get to interact with the instructor and other learners, ask questions and ensure you understand everything fully. We also offer the Enterprise Learning Subscription which is designed specifically for IT organizations. This is an ideal learning solution for globally-dispersed teams with varied skill levels. 

We also offer VMware Lab Connect™ which is a self-paced, technical lab environment designed to enhance your learning experience. These cloud-based, on-demand labs let you practice the skills you learned during instructor-led training, dive deeper into features of interest, and get extra hands-on practice before applying your new skills in an operational environment.

Learning VMware has never been easier and we’re happy to provide you with more information and answer questions before you book your training course.

Browse the full range of VMware courses HERE.

What is a VMware Partner?

The VMware Partner Network is a global channel partner program with benefits and support to provide VMware's virtualisation and cloud technology. VMware partners help you unlock the most value from your solutions, so you can achieve your business objectives sooner.

Go.Courses are now a VMware partner, which means we work closely with VMware to deliver the most up-to-date training courses and learning material. We have access to the best resources and offer an extensive amount of knowledge. We’re happy to answer any questions about VMware training, certification programs or any other questions related to learning IT skills.

Why not browse our VMware courses or give us a call to find out more?