To educate IT professionals users about network virtualization technology, and specifically its NSX product, VMware has developed a collection of courses, trainings and cenbtifications

The certifications range from a low-level Associate’s certificate to a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), which requires at least three online or in-person training courses. There are also higher-level certifications for implementation and design experts.

Cisco is just one of the organizations that offers software defined networking and virtual networking certifications. The company offers four Networking Programmability Sp[ecialist certifications for business engineering specialists, netowrk programmability developer specialist, design speciualist and engineer specialist.

There are a number of other SDN and virtual networking certifications users can get. Cisco, for example, offers four Network Programmability Specialist certifications, including: business application engineer specialist; network programmability developer specialist; design specialist and engineer specialist.

Do these certifications really provide value to IT professionals?

Yes, according to Ravi Venkatasubbaiah, a member of the VMware User Group (VMUG) board of directors.

For example, he said, it the VMware community Vmware certifications are highly regarded by companies.

“For employers, seeking candidates with a certification is a no-brainer if you’re looking to ensure your engineer or architect. is of good quality. So, for networking professionals they can be invaluable,”Venkatasubbaia said in an interview with

SDN certifications are relatively new, according to Chris McCain, director of training and certification for networking and security at VMware.

Currently, there is a lot of interest in network virtualization certification and training, he said.

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