In all of my own surveys of IT certification, and in others from many third parties, virtualization always shows up at or near the top of attempts to describe what’s hot, in high demand, interesting to both employers and employees, where the jobs are, what pays well, and so forth.
To my way of thinking, this makes the virtualization cert landscape particularly compelling and appealing for IT professionals looking for new skills and knowledge worth acquisition and mastery. Last year, I wrote two survey stories for Tom’s IT Pro in the areas of Cloud Computing and Virtualization; because both areas depend heavily on virtualization I decided to revisit them and see if I could add anything to that mix. To my astonishment and delight the items I singled out for coverage at the top of their respective areas are still chugging away quite nicely (check out the full stories for more details on other offerings in both areas, please), as shown in the following table.
|Leading Virtualization and Cloud Computing Certs|
|VMWare Certified Professional (VCP5)||CompTIA Cloud Essentials|
|Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer for Virtualization (CCEE)||HP ASE Cloud Architectect (HP ASE)|
|Oracle VM 2.0 for x86 Certified Implementation Specialist||MCSE: Private Cloud|
|IBM Virtualization Certified System Expert (Support, p5)||Certified Cloud Technology Professional|
|Parallels Certified Virtualization Engineer (PCVE)||Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA)|
For anybody interested in virtualization, there’s something to dig into right away, and probably to plan for longer term, for those further interested in more senior and responsible positions in the field. At present, the VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft (Private Cloud) credentials seem to be generating the most traction, but there are plenty of other platforms and providers of virtualization tools and technology to choose from further up the food chain. Enjoy!