IBM Virtualization Certifications

Best Virtualization Certifications for 2014
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As a company with a huge certification program that encompasses hundreds of specialized credentials, and a growing technical investment in virtualization technology, it is hardly surprising that IBM currently offers certs that focus on this technology area.

In fact, IBM doesn't currently call out "virtualization" as its own certification category, so we had to search the Web pages that list exams by test number or product to find those that cover virtualization. Nevertheless, the company offers a Certified Associate Developer and two Certified System Expert credentials that take virtualization as a primary topic. See Table 5 for more information.

  • IBM Certified Associate Developer -- Rational Test Virtualization Server V8
  • IBM Certified Systems Expert -- Virtualization Technical Support for IBM i -v1
  • IBM Certified Systems Expert -- Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux - v2

The Developer credential identifies integration testers as well as developers who have basic experience developing and testing virtual services on IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server v8.0. IBM recommends that candidates have hands-on experience with Rational Test Virtualization Server (virtualizing services and applications, and integration testing) and understand middleware messaging technologies.

The Expert credentials focus entirely on IBM virtualization technologies for design, implementation, and management of virtualized environments. Qualified candidates can plan virtualized environments from initial inception through installation and maintenance, and select appropriate virtualization technologies to meet specific needs and situations. Candidates must also understand storage requirements for virtualized environments, and be able to deal with migration from conventional to virtualized runtime environments. IBM recommends that candidates for Virtualization Technical Support for IBM i -v1 have 3 to 5 years of experience, or 12 to 18 months for the Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux - v2 cert.

IBM is currently betting big on cloud computing in general and virtualization in particular. This means that the company will be introducing more virtualization credentials in the next year or two. Stay tuned to the IBM certification pages for more information and announcements.

Table 5: IBM Virtualization Certified System Expert Credentials

Certification Name

IBM Certified Associate Developer - Rational Test Virtualization Server V8

IBM Certified Systems Expert - Virtualization Technical Support for IBM i -v1

IBM Certified Systems Expert – Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux - v2

Prerequisites/Required Courses

Developer -- Rational Test Virtualization Server V8:

  • IBM recommends that candidates take the Introduction to Rational Integration Tester course and the Virtualization with Rational Test Virtualization Server course.

No required prereqs or courses for the Expert credentials but each has a long list of recommended prerequisites.

Visit the Web page for each certification:

Number of Exams

Developer - Rational Test Virtualization Server V8:

  • Test C2140-825 - Rational Test Virtualization Server V8 (60 minutes, 60% passing score)

Expert - Virtualization Technical Support for IBM i -v1:

  • Test C4040-121 - Virtualization Technical Support for IBM i -v1 (90 minutes, 56% passing score)
  • Test C4040-129 - IBM i 7.1 Administration (120 minutes, 57% passing score)

Expert - Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux - v2. Any 1 of the following tests:

  • Test C4040-104 - AIX 6.1 Administration (58 questions, 90 minutes, 60% passing score)
  • Test C4040-221 - AIX 7 Administration (72 questions, 90 minutes, 58% passing score)

and

  • Test C4040-109 - Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux - v2 (58 questions, 90 minutes, 60% passing score)

Cost per Exam

$200
Note: Prices may vary by geography so candidates should check the IBM website for current prices (www-03.ibm.com/certify/tests/test_index_price.shtml).

URL

www-03.ibm.com/certify/tests/test_index.shtml (search on "virtual")

Self-study Materials

Various IBM RedBooks (an in-house publishing program at the company) are available; use this Amazon Advanced search with "IBM Virtualization."

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