Virtualization Certifications: VCP, CCIA
With everything moving to the cloud, the need for virtualization architects/engineers has increased. And when it comes to virtualization, VMware takes the cake. "VMware is the gold standard. And, then under that you have Citrix and Microsoft Hyper-V making a push," Billiar said.
Although VAR Staffing has had requests from clients for IT professionals with Microsoft's MCITP Virtualization Administrator certificate, the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA) for Virtualization dominate. "The two major virtualization certs are the VMware certs and the Citrix CCIA," Bier said. "You can't have a big data environment without a virtualization solution, which is VMware."
"Where we see more [demand for] the Citrix [certification] is in the remote desktop or application delivery vs. the data center/server virtualization," Billiar said.