In late November, enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat introduced its Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator credential (EX318). This adds a new player to the roster of organizations offering such certs, and increments the total count of virtualization certs currently available from VMWare, Microsoft, Citrix, and even the Virtualization Council’s vendor-neutral takes on VMWare; Microsoft Virtual PC, Virtual Server, and Hyper-V; Xen and Citrix; and Virtual Iron.
By itself, passing this exam qualifies individuals to earn the Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator cert. RHCEs who pass this exam may use as a Certificate of Expertise in their further pursuit of the Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHSDC) or Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) credentials.
As is typical, the three-hour exam is fairly pricey: $599, and Red Hat promises the best results to those candidates who sign up for and take related Red Hat training courses. There are a number of high-end topics for this cert that include creating data centers, create clusters, managing Hypervisor clients and hosts, configuring storage, and more, that will benefit from access to a properly-equipped training center, especially for those who might not otherwise have ready access to such systems and services. To that end the RH318 Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization course is clearly worth considering as a necessary step toward earning this certification (cost $2,898; duration 4 days).