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About VMware

VMware is a virtualization and cloud computing software provider based in Palo Alto, Calif. Founded in 1998, VMware is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies. EMC Corporation originally acquired VMware in 2004; EMC was later acquired by Dell Technologies in 2016. VMware bases its virtualization technologies on its bare-metal hypervisor ESX/ESXi in x86 architecture.

With VMware server virtualization, a hypervisor is installed on the physical server to allow for multiple virtual machines (VMs) to run on the same physical server. Each VM can run its own operating system (OS), which means multiple OSes can run on one physical server. All the VMs on the same physical server share resources, such as networking and RAM. In 2019, VMware added support to its hypervisor to run containerized workloads in a Kubernetes cluster in a similar way. These types of workloads can be managed by the infrastructure team in the same way as virtual machines and the DevOps teams can deploy containers as they were used to.

Diane Greene, Scott Devine, Mendel Rosenblum, Edward Wang and Edouard Bugnion founded VMware, which launched its first product — VMware Workstation — in 1999. The company released its second product, VMware ESX in 2001.

VMware’s current CEO is Patrick Gelsinger, appointed in 2012.

VMware products

VMware products include virtualization, networking and security management tools, software-defined data center software and storage software.

Data center and cloud infrastructure

VMware vSphere is VMware’s suite of virtualization products. VMware vSphere, known as VMware Infrastructure prior to 2009, includes the following:

  • ESXi
  • vCenter Server
  • vSphere Client
  • vMotion

As of April 2018, the most current version is vSphere 6.7, which is available in three editions: Standard, Enterprise Plus and Platinum. There are also two three-server kits targeted toward small and medium-sized businesses named vSphere Essentials and Essentials Plus.

With VMware Cloud on AWS, customers can run a cluster of vSphere hosts with vSAN and NSX in an Amazon data center and run their workloads there while in the meantime manage them with their well-known VMware tools and skills.

Networking and security

VMware NSX is a virtual networking and security software offering created when VMware acquired Nicera in 2012. NSX allows an admin to virtualize network components, enabling them to develop, deploy and configure virtual networks and switches through software rather than hardware. A software layer sits on top of the hypervisor to allow an administrator to divide a physical network into multiple virtual networks.

With the latest release of the product, NSX-T Data Center, network virtualization can be added to both ESXi and KVM as hypervisors, as well as to bare-metal servers. Also containerized workloads in a Kubernetes cluster can be virtualized and protected. NSX-T Data Center also offers Network Function Virtualization, with which functions such as a firewall, load balancer and VPN, can be run in the virtualization software stack.


VMware vRealize Network Insight is a network operations management tool that enables an admin to plan microsegmentation and check on the health of VMware NSX. VRealize Network Insight relies on technology from VMware’s acquisition of Arkin in 2016. VRealize Network Insight collects information from the NSX Manager. It also displays errors in its user interface, which helps troubleshoot an NSX environment.

SDDC platform

VMware Cloud Foundation is an integrated software stack that bundles vSphere, VMware vSAN and VMware NSX into a single platform through the SDDC Manager. An admin can deploy the bundle on premises as a private cloud or run it as a service within a public cloud. An administrator can provision an application immediately without having to wait for network or storage.

Storage and availability

VMware vSAN is a software-based storage feature that is built into the ESXi hypervisor and integrated with vSphere; it pools disk space from multiple ESXi hosts and provisions it via smart policies, such as protection limits, thin provisioning and erasure coding. It integrates with vSphere High Availability to offer increased compute and storage availability.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a disaster recovery management product that allows an administrator to create recovery plans that are automatically executed in case of a failure. Site Recovery Manager allows admins to automatically orchestrate the failover and failback of VMs. SRM also integrates with NSX to preserve network and security policies on migrated VMs.

VMware vCloud NFV is a network functions virtualization platform that enables a service provider to run network functions as virtualized applications from different vendors. NFV provides the same benefits of virtualization and cloud to a communications service provider that previously relied on hardware.

The vRealize Suite is a group of software that allows a user to create and manage hybrid clouds. The vRealize Suite includes vRealize Operations for monitoring, vRealize Log Insight for centralized logging, vRealize Automation for data center automation and vRealize Business for Cloud for cost management.

With this bundle, an administrator can deploy and manage VMs on multiple hypervisors or cloud platforms from a single management console. Released in 2019, VMware Tanzu allows customers to build containerized apps, run enterprise Kubernetes and manage Kubernetes for developers and IT.

VMware Horizon allows organizations to run Windows desktops in the data center or in VMware Cloud on AWS. This removes the need to place and manage full desktops on the workplace and centralizes management and security for the user's environment. It integrates with the VMware products App Volumes and Dynamic Environment Manager for application delivery and Windows desktop management.

Digital workspace and enterprise mobility management

Workspace ONE allows an administrator to control mobile devices and cloud-hosted virtual desktops and applications from a single management platform deployed either in the cloud or on premises. The Workspace ONE suite includes VMware AirWatch, Horizon Air and Identity Manager.

Identity Manager is an identity-as-a-service product that offers single sign-on (SSO) capabilities for web, cloud and mobile applications. Identity Manager gives SSO access to any application from any device, based on the policies created.

VMware AirWatch is an enterprise mobility management (EMM) software platform that enables an administrator to deploy and manage mobile devices, applications and data.

VMware Workstation is the first product ever released by the software company. It enables users to create and run VMs directly on a single Windows or Linux desktop or laptop. Those VMs run simultaneously with the physical machine. Each VM runs its own OS such as Windows or Linux. This enables users to run Windows on a Linux machine or vice versa simultaneously with the natively installed OS.

VMware Fusion is software like VMware Workstation that virtualizes a Windows or Linux OS on Mac computers.

Benefits of VMware

Benefits of using VMware products include:

  • security based on a zero-trust model, along with better security than container systems like Kubernetes;
  • better provisioning of applications and resources;
  • simplified data center management; and
  • increased efficiency and agility of data center systems.
  • But there are some drawbacks as well
Drawbacks of VMware

Drawbacks of VMware products include:

  • high licensing fees;
  • better Hyper-V and Xen hypervisor alternatives, according to some;
  • lack of support and several bugs when used alongside Oracle products; and
  • hardware compatibility issues as not everything works well with VMware.

Alternative virtual machines

  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Citrix XenServer
  • Linux KVM
  • Oracle VM Server
  • Virtuozzo
  • Proxmox VE
  • Red Hat Virtualization

VMware Certification and Training Courses Overview:

As enterprises are looking to transform the way they do their business are looking at bespoke solutions provider who can help them achieve digital maturity. In a complex business landscape where business-critical services are provided through cloud and on-demand, it is critical for the enterprise to have an IT architecture that supports such endeavors. 

VMware helps organizations to be future-ready with the latest digital solutions. The best part about VMware solutions is that they are flexible and easy to choose from according to business needs. As a service provider, VMware is currently working with more than 500,000 companies worldwide to manage, run, connect, and project apps on hybrid, public, and private cloud environments.

With VMware gaining widespread adoption in organizations across industry sectors, there is a huge gap for the skilled workforce who can manage VMware solutions for them. Hence, VMware certification training is quite popular among individuals and enterprises globally. Some of the popular learning paths for VMware training courses are similar to the various categories for which they provide their services, which include app modernization, digital workspace, virtual cloud networking, multi-cloud, and security.

Popular VMware Certifications and Training Courses

Install, Configure, and Manage (V7) Training:

This VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, and Manage training is a 5-day certification training provided for professionals and enterprises to gain a proper understanding of installing, managing, and configuring VMware vSphere, including VMware vCenter Server 7 and VMware ESXi. Participants who undertake this VMware course will be able to administer vSphere architecture for any organization irrespective of its size and complexity.  Moreover, this VMware vSphere course acts as a foundation to understand how to use most of the VMware technologies. 

Deploy and Manage Certification Training:

This VMware Horizon 8: Deploy and Manage is one of the most popular VMware certification courses.  This VMware course combines two courses in VMware Horizon 8: Infrastructure Administration and VMware Horizon 8: Skills for Virtual Desktop Management. This VMware training is a 5-day course and will help professionals to gain the skills required to manage virtual desktops and applications through one infrastructure platform. This VMware Horizon 8: Deploy and Manage is a hands-on training delivered with labs and lectures that are instructor-led. Participants post completion of this VMware Horizon 8 training will be able to configure virtual desktop infrastructure platform, VMware Horizon® Connection Server TM, establishing Cloud Pod Architecture, and VMware Unified Access Gateway TM.

This VMware cloud foundation training is divided into two VMware training. One, VMware Cloud Foundation: Plan and Deploy and two, VMware Cloud Foundation: Management and Operations. Both are 2-day VMware certification training where professionals will learn about concepts and architecture of VMware Cloud and how to successfully deploy and design infrastructure for the management. This VMware Cloud Foundation training is provided as instructor-led training through live online sessions with practical hands-on labs to help understand how to image VMware ESXi for VMware cloud foundation.

This VMware Kubernetes Foundation is a popular certification course from VMware for professionals and enterprises looking to gain a fundamental understanding of containers and Kubernetes. This VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid: Install, Configure, Manage is a 2-day certification training that is provided as instructor-led training with practical labs and assignments. Participants attending the training will learn about fundamental concepts containerizing and deployment of applications into Kubernetes. 

Install, Configure, and Manage (V8) Certification Training :

This VMware vRealize® Automation is a 5-day course that helps participants to gain a thorough understanding of installing, managing, and configuring the VMware vRealize Automation system. Learners will also understand how to automate different delivery machines, customized services across data centers, and manage hybrid cloud environments in a seamless manner. This VMware vRealize Automation: Install, Configure, and Manage is an instructor-led online training with practical hands-on sessions to help understand how the VMware vRealize Automation works with other VMware systems such as VMware vRealize Orchestrator and to manage Kubernetes and other systems.

Who can take up VMware Certification Courses?

Job roles that can benefit from VMware certification training courses are:

  • System Administrators
  • Cloud Computing Professionals
  • IT Professionals
  • IT Administrators
  • System Engineers
  • System Integrators
  • Deployment Specialists
  • Professionals Managing VMware tools
  • End Users
  • Anybody who is looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of VMware services and tools
  • Participants looking to clear their relevant VMware certification exams
  • More than 80+ popular VMware certification training courses offered for professionals across job roles and learning paths 
  • Expert VMware trainers with real-world experience in implementing VMware solutions for Infrastructure Modernization, Virtual Desktop, Kubernetes, Hybrid-Cloud, and more
  • Training collateral provided that are prepared by SMEs and accredited by VMware 
  • Get VMware Certification training from a Premier VMware Authorized Training Center 
  • Flexible options of 4 hours/day and 8 hours/day time slots to take your VMware certification courses
  • Organizations can customize their VMware training according to the team needs and business requirements
  • Showcase your expertise in understanding various VMware services by undertaking relevant training course to help enterprises achieve digital resilience
  • With VMware certification credentials, get instant recognition from your peers and  potential employers worldwide
  • Professionals with VMware credentials are one of the most sought-after and highly-paid individuals who earn an average salary in the range of USD 83,000 to USD 203,000 per annum in the US.
  • Get to know how to use various VMware Tools such as VMware vSphere, VMware vRealize, VMware Horizon, VMware Carbon Black App, VMware Workspace, and VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer, and more
  • Embark on a truly rewarding career path with VMware certification training courses that are relevant to your job profile 
  • VMware certified professionals get job opportunities around the world and across industry sectors
  • In the age of digital norm, create a strong foundation for your career with VMware training courses as many professional VMware courses act as a prerequisite for Advanced-level VMware courses
  • Showcase your VMware digital badges to gain global recognition with more than 500,000 organizations that have embraced VMware solutions

Below are the steps to become a VMware certified professional:

  • As a learner, select a relevant VMware course from Diana Academy -> Certifications> VMWare Courses. With multiple learning paths, choose the best course and path that delivers the utmost value to you
  • Select a VMware training schedule of your choice along with the training to deliver mode, which includes classroom, online, 1-on-1, and on-site training
  • Prepare for your VMware certification training by thoroughly going through the training collateral provided by both VMware and DIANA Academy
  • Attend the instructor-led VMware Certification training with practical hands-on lab sessions
  • Take up as many as VMware sample practice tests to gain a proper understanding of the exam format
  • Take the final course Quiz and pass the examination with 75% aggregate to get Diana Certified VMWare Professional Certificate. Only 3 attempts will be given to the respective participants.
  •  Also once you pass this course internal examination, the hard copy of Certificate will be shipped to your registered address. 
  • The soft Copy of certificate is available in the DelegateLogin-> accomplishments Section
  • Become a VMware Certified Professional to grow in your career

With Digital workspace being the new norm with the added flexibility of work from anywhere option, enterprises need a robust IT infrastructure to accommodate such activities on a regular basis.  VMware certifications today are popular due to their solutions spread across emerging technologies in the cloud, app modernization, digital workspace, virtual cloud, intrinsic security, and more. Today, VMware certified professionals are one of the most sought-after and highly paid individuals. Let’s check out their salaries from around the world.


United States

USD 83,000 to USD 203,000

United Kingdom

Pounds 23,000 to 66,000


INR 5.7 lakhs to 20 lakhs 


AUD 81,000 to 110,000 


AED 168,000 to 240,000


SGD 85,000 to 120,000

Enterprises that are actively hiring VMware certified professionals include Dell EMC, Fujitsu, IBM, Accenture, UnitedLex, PerkinElmer, McAfee, Saksoft, Optum, VisionIT, BluecloudTechnologies, and many more. Do check out your local job listings to find relevant VMware certified professional jobs in your region.

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