April 17, 2014

VCE Introduces Industry’s Most Comprehensive Converged Infrastructure Certification Program

New program enables next generation of cloud experts with skills and knowledge to further accelerate transformational benefits of Vblock Systems

RICHARDSON, Texas, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- VCE, the leader in converged infrastructure systems, today announced the new VCE(TM) Certified Professional Program, a comprehensive technology curriculum designed to provide IT professionals with advanced training for the design, deployment and management of converged infrastructures - the foundation for cloud-based computing.

This new program marks another major step in the VCE mission to transform the world's data centers with VCE Vblock(TM) Systems, the industry's leading true converged infrastructure offerings.

By equipping customers and partners with expertise in the transformative, technical and operational capabilities of Vblock Systems, the VCE Certified Professional Program enables them to unleash the true potential of converged infrastructures.

In the past, professional certifications for traditional data center architectures have emphasized component-level skillsets, reinforcing the "IT silo" mindset. This creates complexity, increases operational costs and reduces IT's ability to deliver business agility.

The VCE Certified Professional curriculum is based on the company's intellectual property and best practices that are being successfully utilized by hundreds of VCE's own technical professionals worldwide.

Because the VCE Certified Professional Program emphasizes the cross-domain nature of converged infrastructure and converged operations, program graduates will be positioned to vastly improve the speed and efficiency of applications and cloud services.

News Highlights

    --  The VCE Certified Professional Program was developed to help VCE
        customers and partners expand their skills and knowledge to lead the
        transformation to next-generation cloud infrastructures.
    --  The VCE Certified Professional Program furthers the company's mission to
        transform and simplify data center architectures through Vblock Systems
        by enabling IT professionals to align their skills with those required
        for converged infrastructure environments.
    --  Professionals will be certified in role-based programs that are best
        suited for their specific career paths. These role-based tracks include:
        --  Design Track - Validates professionals in designing a Vblock System
            and working with customer IT stakeholders to understand requirements
        --  Deploy Track - Certifies professionals in deploying and implementing
            Vblock Systems, conducting test validations and ensuring system
        --  Manage Track - Develops specialized skills in managing converged
            infrastructure systems and utilizing resources and software to meet
            SLAs, capacity and performance requirements, and management tasks
    --  The VCE Certified Professional Program offers three different levels of
        certification as IT professionals successfully progress through the
        --  Converged Infrastructure Associate - As the foundation for all
            tracks, Associates understand converged infrastructure principals
            and terminology
        --  Converged Infrastructure Engineer - Engineers are able to perform
            all of the basic tasks for their track role
        --  Converged Infrastructure Master Engineer - Master engineers are able
            to complete the most complex tasks for their track role


    --  Exams for the VCE Certified Converged Infrastructure Associate and VCE
        Certified Converged Infrastructure Implementation Engineer (deployment
        track) are available globally to customers and partners today. The full
        spectrum of certifications will be available later in 2014.

Supporting Quotes

    --  "I am delighted that VCE has initiated its professional certification
        program to establish a curriculum, train and validate the skills
        required for the rapidly growing Vblock Systems ecosystem. VCE customers
        and partners will benefit from this new program, and it will speed the
        transformation of data centers," said Wayne Pauley, Senior Analyst,
        Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc.
    --  "For the last few years, we've watched VCE expand the converged
        infrastructure space by heavily dedicating resources to support
        customers and partners - the VCE Certified Professional Program is
        another proof point to their success," said Emily Martin, Director,
        Technology and Client Services, Northern Micro, Inc. "The VCE
        certification program will prove our expertise in converged
        infrastructures, allowing our employees to better serve our customers
        and helping our customers to better serve their users."
    --  "VCE transformed data center architectures by changing how
        infrastructure is designed, built, managed and maintained. Today, the
        VCE Certified Professional Program continues to drive that
        transformation by arming our customers and partners with a
        differentiated skillset to deliver maximum benefit from converged
        infrastructures," said Nina Hargus, Chief Marketing Officer, VCE. "The
        new VCE certifications enable our customers and partners to take their
        expertise to the next level and become the cloud experts that
        organizations need for success in tomorrow's marketplace."

Supporting materials

    --  Customers can find a detailed description on becoming a VCE Certified
        Professional at http://vce.com/services/certified.
    --  Partners can find a detailed description on becoming a VCE Certified
        Professional on the VCE Partner Portal at
    --  Read Nina Hargus's blog on why the program is important to customers and
        partners, "VCE Certifications Transform Next-Gen Cloud Skills for
        Partners and Customers."

Social media links

    --  Vblog
    --  VCE on Twitter
    --  VCE Channel on Twitter
    --  VCE on Facebook
    --  VCE on YouTube
    --  VCE on LinkedIn

About VCE

VCE, formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, accelerates the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving time to market for our customers. VCE, through the Vblock Systems, delivers the industry's only true converged infrastructure systems, leveraging Cisco compute and network technology, EMC storage and data protection, and VMware virtualization and virtualization management. VCE solutions are available through an extensive partner network, and cover horizontal applications, vertical industry offerings, and application development environments, allowing customers to focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating, and managing IT infrastructure.

For more information, go to www.vce.com.

Legal Notices

VCE and Vblock are registered trademarks or trademarks of VCE Company, LLC or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VCE and any other organization.


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