Earlier this year VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology, introduced their Datacenter Virtualization certification (VCP6-DCV) to better leverage best practices and provide a scalable and reliable virtualization platform for enterprises.
VCP6-DCV was met with praise from virtualization pros as a way to validate their skills to administer and troubleshoot vSphere V6 infrastructures. Presently more than 100,000 professionals are certified worldwide.
As beneficial as VCP6-DCV has proven, VMware recently made it even more so with their updated VMware the next-generation infrastructure for next-generation applications. 6.5 validates that you know how to implement, manage, and troubleshoot a vSphere V6.5 infrastructure.
6.5 has a host of new features including a simplified customer experience for automation and management at scale; comprehensive built-in security for protecting data, infrastructure, and access; and a universal application platform for running any app anywhere. With vSphere 6.5, customers can now run, manage, connect, and secure their applications in a common operating environment, across clouds and devices.
The installer has been overhauled, resulting in a new, modern look and feel. It is now supported on Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems (OSs) without the need for any plug-ins.
"VMware's vSphere virtualization environment is one of the dominant solutions when implementing in-house data centers," said CBT Nuggets' trainer Keith Barker. "Any skills acquired or improved regarding vSphere will help technicians and engineers to better implement, support, and manage vSphere."
Baker, who has been a CBT Nuggets trainer since 2012, likes to make a difference for IT learners by helping them get comfortable with complicated technologies. His personal mantra is, "When a motivated learner and the correct training meet at the right time, the results are amazing."
Finding the correct training to become familiar with all of the in and outs of VMware vSphere can be challenging for some. VMware offers its own training for all of its products, and passing a VMware training course is required for certification.
Currently, there are eight VMware training courses that meet the training requirement for VMware Certified Professional 6.5 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.5-DCV). Those eight courses are as follows:
- VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5]
- VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.5] - On Demand
- VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6.5]
- VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6.5] - On Demand
- VMware vSphere: Install Configure Manage plus Optimize & Scale Fast Track
- VMware vSphere: Skills for Public Sector Customers [V6.5]
- VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6.5]
- VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop [V6.5]
Additional information about VMware's training and the VCP6.5-DCV certification can be found here.
Taking the VMware Certification route is sufficient for some, particularly those who are already well versed in VMware software and virtualization in general. Other learners, however, sometimes emerge from VMware training courses needing further clarification of certain ideas, or better grounding various foundational concepts.
Barker said that's where CBT Nuggets comes in. CBT Nuggets' VMware training won't satisfy your certification requirements, but it can help fill in some of the gaps. If you don't quite understand where to cross vSphere's virtual Ts, or how to dot its virtual Is, then CBT Nuggets can help. Barker said that learners who turn to CBT Nuggets for help with vSphere have often already taken VMware training.
Following up with additional training from CBT Nuggets, Barker said, simply helps them to make better sense of what they've been taught.
Barker's VMware vSphere 6.5 (VCP6.5-DCV) course has 74 training videos that combine to offer 18 hours of content. The shortest, "Adding More vSwitches" (no. 13 of 74), is just two minutes long. The longest, "Implementing Audio Deploy" (no. 58 of 74), still clocks in under a half-hour, at just 29 minutes. Does anyone not have 29 minutes somewhere in the day to focus on a training video?
The vSphere 6.5 course is brand new, having come online July 27. Recommended experience for the course, which is rated "intermediate" in terms of difficulty, is familiarity with three things: 1) basic virtualization concepts, 2) VMware Workstation, and 3) IP networking.