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The VMware IT Academy: What It Is All About

And Advantages To Education

© 2009 VMware Inc. All rights reserved


Why Virtualization Is Important
VMware’s Education Programs, Value Proposition & Benefits
VMware IT Academy Program, Offerings & Eligibility
Program Costs
Program Success Metrics

Why Virtualization Is Important & The VMware IT Academy

Current Economy
Reduces Capital Expenses
Reduces Operational Expenses
Promotes Green IT
Enables “Cloud” Computing
Demand for VMware Certified Professionals
Over 1,500 schools and 10,000 students are using the eLearning part of
the IT Academy
Over 400 schools are participating in the Instructor Led part of the IT
Academy program and over 3,000 students have been trained and are
candidates to become a VMware Certified Professional
Why Virtualization Is Important Part Two

Tom Silver, senior VP and chief marketing officer for the

technology jobs Web site Dice.com, says that the total job
count for his site was down 12 percent from January 2008
through the first week of November. But for those with
virtualization experience, including both VMware and general
skills, available jobs increased by 43 percent and 37 percent,

Source: http://virtualizationreview.com/features/print.aspx?editorialsid=2604
Virtualization: Transformational Change in IT

 Decouples software from
underlying hardware
 Encapsulates Operating
Systems and applications
into “Virtual Machines”

A Virtual Machine

Virtual Infrastructure: Ten Years in the Making

Automated Resource On-Demand

Increased Availability
Dynamic Balancing
Continuous Optimization
+ Automated
Across Applications
+ Capacity
Non-disruptive Scaling
Flexible, Reconfigurable

Strategic Computing Architecture

One Platform to Solve a Range of Pressing

Challenges Across a Range of Environments and Users

Server Business Rapid Enterprise

Consolidation Continuity Provisioning Desktops

VMware Infrastructure

Server Storage Network

New Software Platform Required

Existing Future
App Loads App Loads
Virtual Datacenter
Operating System
An Elastic, Self-managing,
Self-healing SW Substrate

Hardware Pool

Evolving to Virtual Datacenter OS

Windows Linux Future Future Future …

vServices Availability Security Scalability
Virtual Datacenter
Operating System

vServices vCompute vStorage vNetwork


Evolving to Virtual Datacenter OS

Windows Linux Future Future Future …

Application Availability Security Scalability



Infrastructure vCompute vStorage vNetwork



Evolving to Virtual Datacenter OS

Windows Linux Future Future Future …

Application Availability Security Scalability



Infrastructure vCompute vStorage vNetwork

vServices vServices

Datacenter Off-Premise
Infrastructure Cloud

Who is Using Virtualization?
Study by SMB supplier SpiceWorks: 100,000 companies in over 100 countries

•VMware has 80.1% market share

•Microsoft has 15.1% market share
•Citrix XenServer has 4.1% market share

By Klint Finley / April 1, 2011 10:00 AM
VMware Global Education & Research Programs

Open & Inclusive

Collaborative Programs

VMware Academic Program

VMware Labs

VMware IT Academy Program

Value Proposition & Goals

Value Proposition
Schools – Use of Industry Leading Intellectual Property
Students – Affordable Access To Training & Professional Certification
VMware – Proliferation Of Virtualization Competencies

Goals & Objectives

Drive Collaboration Between Schools & Between Students With Communities
Maximize Awareness and Competencies on Virtualization Products and
Supply the IT industry a pool of VMware Certified Professionals (VCP)

VMware IT Academy Program – two levels

VMware has designed a flexible program to allow colleges to

provide Virtualization training in multiple formats, learning
styles and levels
Higher costs /

Instructor Led Training

• Academy members do not
require any certified trainers (VMware Certification courses)
• Low / No ICT hardware
• Can be included into existing
courses or used for self study • Academy members require VMware certified
Instructor to teach certified courses
• Specified ICT hardware requirement
• Minimum course content and hours required
eLearning courses for student certification

Low start up
costs / resources

Entry level Higher level of

College / Institute Capabilities & certification

VMware IT Academy eLearning Offerings

Infrastructure Virtualization
VMware vSphere Fundamentals 4.1
VMware vSphere: What's New in vSphere 4
VMware ESXi: Administration
Transition to ESXi Essentials

Virtualization Management
VMware vCenter CapacityIQ Fundamentals
VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals
VMware vCenter Lab Manager 4.0 Fundamentals
VMware vCenter Chargeback Fundamentals
VMware vCenter AppSpeed Fundamentals
VMware Capacity Planner 2.7
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VMware IT Academy eLearning Offerings

VMware vShield App Fundamentals
VMware vShield Edge Fundamentals

Business Continuity
Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 4.1 Fundamentals
DRBC Design - Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

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VMware IT Academy eLearning Offerings

End User Computing

VMware Workstation 7: Fundamentals
VMware Workstation 7: Advanced
VMware Workstation 6: Mastery
VMware Fusion 3
VMware View 4.5 Fundamentals
What is New in VMware View 4.5
VMware ThinApp Fundamentals

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VMware IT Academy Instructor Led Offerings

Instructor Led Courses:

VMware vSphere 4: Overview
VMware vSphere: Skills for Operators
VMware vSphere 4: What's New
VMware vSphere: What's New Japanese
VMware vSphere 4: Manage Availability
VMware vSphere 4: Manage Scalability
VMware vSphere 4: Manage for Performance
VMware vSphere: Design Workshop
VMware vSphere: Design Workshop Chinese
VMware vSphere: Design Workshop Japanese
Using VMware vCenter Lab Manager
VMware vSphere 4: Troubleshooting
VMware vSphere 4: Troubleshooting Chinese
VMware vSphere 4: Troubleshooting Japanese
VMware vSphere 4: Install, Configure, Manage
VMware vSphere 4.1: Install, Configure, Manage
VMware vSphere 4: Manage and Design for Security
VMware IT Academy Instructor Led Offerings

Instructor Led Courses Continued:

VMware vSphere: Transition to ESXi
VMware vSphere 4: Fast Track
VMware vSphere 4: Install, Configure, Manage Chinese
VMware View: Design Best Practices
VMware vSphere: Automation with vSphere PowerCLI
VMware vSphere 4: Install, Configure, Manage - Japanese
VMware View: Install, Configure, Manage
Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp
VMware Infrastructure 3: Overview
VMware Infrastructure 3: Skills for Operators
VMware Infrastructure 3: Deploy, Secure and Analyze
VMware Infrastructure 3: Install and Configure
VMware Infrastructure 3: Install and Configure - Chinese
VMware Infrastructure 3: Install and Configure - Japanese
VMware Workstation 6.5

Spring Source Instructor Led Offerings

Core Spring v3

Rich Web Applications with Spring

Enterprise Integration with Spring

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Eligibility for VMware IT Academy Program

 VMware Academy program open to Accredited, degree & diploma granting

higher education institutions worldwide offering 2- or 4- year college programs are
eligible to participate in the program

 Technical schools offering accredited degrees through distance education

programs are also eligible to participate in the program

 No minimum course enrollment commitment (i.e. Academy members can scale

classes as the markets and opportunity demand)

Program Costs

 No cost to Join. A simple registration form submitted for approval.

 Student course kits purchased directly from VMware’s print vendor to leverage
VMware’s price point based on quantity & scale. Student kits should cost less than
$50 USD including tax & shipping when ordering in quantity 10 or more.
IT Academy partners can purchase certification vouchers directly from VMware’s
certification testing delivery partner (Pearson VUE) at a discounted rate of 70% off
commercial cost.
 IT Academy partners receive eLearning courses to use at “No Charge” to
supplement instructor led courses or for reference for any courses desired.

Note: eLearning courses do not satisfy the prerequisite for the VMware
VCP Certification.
The cost of printing, shipping and taxes will vary by region as will the cost
of certification test delivery.

VMware IT Academy - Support

Administrative Support:
Program Manager

myLearn LMS for Class, Student, Certification Vouchers & Evaluations

Technical Support - VMware Forum:


Mentoring via WebEx with Playback

Course Materials – Gilmore – Dedicated School Storefront

Certification – Pearson VUE – Redeemable Discount Vouchers
Hardware – Recommendations on either physical servers or virtual via

VMware IT Academy Program Success Metrics

 # of students participating over time

 # of students completing certifications over time
 Quality Ratings ≥ Commercial Scores as measured by student
feedback scores
 Academy members and student direct program feedback

VMware will measure academy program members success using the

metrics above. These inputs will be used to determine further
program enhancements and future program direction

NETLAB+ Concept

Network Development Group Inc.

NETLAB+ Deployments

NETLAB+ Location
Multiple NETLAB+ Location/City
Network Development Group Inc.
Cisco Networking Academy

Network Development Group Inc.

Example Topology for Cisco Courses

CCNA Security
CCNA Exploration 2
CCNA Exploration 3
CCNA Exploration 4
CCNA Discovery 2
CCNA Discovery 3
CCNA Discovery 4

Network Development Group Inc.

NDG is Developing Supplemental VoIP Labs
CCNA Voice - 640-461 CVOICE - 642-437

Entry-Level Certification Professional-Level

for Cisco Voice Description Certification for Cisco
Technologies Voice Technologies. Part
of CCNP Voice Track

Official Cert
VMware IT Academy - ICM

Network Development Group Inc.

ICM Student Interface

Network Development Group Inc. © 2009 VMware Inc. All rights reserved
EMC – Feasibility Study

Network Development Group Inc.


© 2009 VMware Inc. All rights reserved

Backup Slides

Additional Information

Additional Information - Agenda

ILT Equipment requirements overview

VMware Certified Instructor requirements
Pearson VUE Testing Center Overview
VMware Certified Professional (VCP) Overview

Server, Storage & Network Infrastructure

Server Requirements:

• A VMware certified x86 (Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron) based 64bit server with 2GB RAM or more (4 or 8
GB recommeded), 36GB local disk storage (72GB or more recommended) & DVD ROM & access to
Keyboard, mouse & monitor capabilities (see http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_systems_guide.pdf &
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_io_guide.pdf )

• A minimum of 3 x 1Gbit NIC interface cards ( see supported NIC models

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_io_guide.pdf )

• A minimum of 1 VMware supported Fibre Channel adapter per server


Server, Storage & Network Infrastructure

Storage Requirements:

• 1 x shared NAS device listed on the VMware SAN compatibility guide (see
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_san_guide.pdf) or use of a customised NFS server

• 1 x Fibre Channel switch & Storage Area Network (on VMware certified device list – see
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_san_guide.pdf) . This array must be capable of having a minimum of 3
dedicated LUNs (10GB each) for each server & 2 shared LUNs 100GB each for use by all servers.

• Sufficient Fibre Channel switches to connect the servers to the storage array.
Server, Storage & Network Infrastructure

Network Requirements:

• All student & server networking components should be 1 Gbps network connected and appropriate
network isolation should be in place (i.e. ESX server management & training network separated from
academy production network)

• NAS / IP Storage device should be connected to the ESX server management network

• Static IP address allocation scheme for specific components (4 per server recommended) & DHCP
addressing capabilities to cater for up to 10 IP addresses per physical ESX host for virtual machines
created during the class exercises)

Virtual Center Server Requirements:

• Sufficient hardware (virtual or physical) to run a Windows 2003 Virtual Machine per ESX server within the
classroom environment. VMware recommends these Virtual Center servers be run as VMs on top of a
common ESX host within the training environment.

Server, Storage & Network Infrastructure

Classroom Computer Requirements:

• Standard x86 PCs with Intel or AMD processors (500 Mhz or better recommended) capable of running
Windows XP Pro or Windows Server 2003 with 512MB RAM or more recommended) with keyboard,
mouse & monitor. Computers must be capable of running VMware Virtual Infrastructure Client (with .NET
framework 1.1 or higher installed).

• Computers should be setup in as standard a manner as possible and allow access to external websites
for students and instructors.

• Access to training environment can be provided by remote capability. For this VMware recommends use
of VMware’s secure Virtual Desktop Infrastructure capability through VMware View 3 capability.

Example ILT Infrastructure Requirements - Diagram

Academy Members are responsible for design and build of their own training
environments and ensuring proper capabilities according to VAP agreement
Example Only:
This diagram is a pictorial example of
the infrastructure setup required to run
the ILT courses. Please refer to the
detailed specifications and
configurations found in VMware
Academy Program agreement.
Example Only: For a class of 16
concurrent students, minimum
recommendations are for:
8 – student ESX hosts
1 - infrastructure ESX host
1 – FC shared SAN
1 – NAS shared storage
Appropriate network switches &
16 – student classroom computers
1 – instructor classroom computer

Virtual Labs via NETLAB+ from NDG

NETLAB+ Support of the VMware IT Academy Program®

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VMware IT Academy Instructor Requirements

For each certified course, a VMware IT Academy Instructor needs to:

• Attend and actively participate in the specified course & any pre-requisite
courses. This requirement can also be met by attending a Live On Line
qualifying course, viewing a recorded Live On Line course and providing
screen shots of completed labs either using the schools hardware or
NDG’s virtual lab support that they make available for IT Academy
instructor candidates for completing the lab requirement.
• Pass the associated VMware authorized exam with an instructor pass
mark of 350 on the VCP 4 exam (higher than the standard student pass
mark of 300)

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