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By | Simon Sharwood 17th March 2015 22:27

Nutanix takes a hyper-converged swipe at VMware's top cert

A VCDX doesn't cut it in a multi-hypervisor world

Nutanix has just announced a new certification, and sent a shot across VMware's bows by doing so.

The certification is called the Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX) and the company says it will be “the most rigorous technical qualification in enterprise computing” and “creates a new standard in IT certifications”.

Next comes the nark aimed at Virtzilla: Nutanix says the NPX “highlights the increasing adoption of multi-hypervisor environments in enterprise datacenters.”

That's a clear crack at VMware's VCDX certification, a gong Virtzilla positions as its peak gong and likens to a MBA in VMware-style virtualisation. But there's also a barb for Nutanix itself, because it has made much of the fact it has hired lots of VCDX-holders. The company needs to get plenty of its people over the line for the NPX soon, or stand accused of offering consultants with lesser qualifications than those it offers itself!

Nutanix says the new cert will see graduates emerge “... able to help businesses meet the growing demand for hyper converged and multi hypervisor use cases such as big data, OpenStack and test-dev, will advise enterprises which technology is the most appropriate for their IT environment, and determine how to use that technology as efficiently as possible.”

The description of the course also mentions how to best use hyperconverged kit to help business, making the NPX more than a little self-serving.

If an NPX sounds like future you, there's an application form here. Nutanix says the course and exams are both free.

In related news, VMware has extended the deadline for holders of its VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification to re-certify. Last March, Virtzilla announced compulsory re-certification every two years, starting last Tuesday March 10th. VMware's since extended the re-certification deadline to May 8th. ®

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