At VMworld 2013 VMware introduced a new level of certification, the VMware Certified Associate (VCA). This is an entry level certification based on free online training from VMware. In talking with some of the folks at VMworld this level of certification is targeted at students and people beginning their careers in IT. VMware released four tracks based on general virtualization, cloud, networking and desktop. Now will you see people with existing VCP / VCAP / vExperts taking these exams, maybe to show some knowledge in another silo or maybe not. I went through two of them this weekend and found both to be a good framework of information for each of the respective topics. Is this enough knowledge to get a job, well no but it’s not meant to be. It’s designed to show that you know the fundamentals of each topic.
While many folks deep in the virtualization trenches wouldn’t give this a second thought I would suggest taking a look at it not for yourselves but your co-workers. While we believe that the world revolves around virtualization (and it does) there are many other technology disciplines that exist. Exchange Admins, DBA’s, Server Admins, Storage, networking & programmers - just to name a few. Sure we can explain virtualization to them but let’s face facts, how many of us are professional teachers?
With the VCA courses / certification VMware is giving the virtual administrator a chance to bring more of the IT folks into the virtual fold. One of the theme’s at VMworld was “VMware Loves Apps”. Let’s take this opportunity to extend the virtual handshake to these other groups by encouraging them to take the free training and maybe even get a few additional letters on their business cards. The more they feel they have a part of ownership in the virtual world the easier it will be on us to continue the virtual journey.