Virtualization Certifications: IBM
As a company with a huge certification program that encompasses between 700 and 800 specialized credentials, and a growing technical investment in virtualization technology, it is hardly surprising that IBM currently offers a pair of certs that focus on this technology area (a third credential retired on December 31, 2011, but you will still see it mentioned on IBM’s various certification pages).
In fact, IBM doesn’t currently call out “virtualization” as its own certification category, so I had to search the Web pages that list exams by test number or by product to find those that cover virtualization. Nevertheless, the company offers two different Certified System Expert credentials that take virtualization as a primary topic (see Table 5 for links to online information):
IBM Certified Systems Expert – Virtualization and Business Resilience Technical Design V1:
This credential focuses on infrastructure virtualization (IaaS) and business continuity services for individuals with three or more years of experience with “large, complex, long-term customer opportunities.” Strong skills and knowledge of servers, storage, middleware, and networking is required, along with IBM and competitive virtualization products.
IBM Certified Systems Expert – Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux – V2:
The V1 version of this credential expired at the end of 2011, the V2 version focuses 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 software licensing requirements for virtualized environments, and be able to deal with migration from conventional to virtualized runtime environments.
Table 5: IBM Virtualization Certified System Expert Credentials
IBM does not require taking courses to earn either certification, but a list of recommended courses is included on the exam pages (under the “Test Preparation” tab on each page).
Number of exams
One exam for Virtualization and Business Resilience (a prior cert is also required):
Cost per exam
http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/tests/test_index.shtml (search on “virtual”)
Various IBM RedBooks (an in-house publishing program at the company) are available; use this Amazon Advanced search with “IBM Virtualization”.
IBM is currently betting big on cloud computing in general, and virtualization in particular. As with Microsoft we expect 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.