On November 19, Veeam Software announced new technical training and certification programs. Aimed at both reseller partners and end-users, these new certs will launch in North America and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in January 2014. The new credential will be called the Veeam Certified Engineer (VCME), and it seeks to identify individuals who possess the expertise needed to configure and implement Veeam's backup, replication, and virtualization management solutions for VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V.
I spoke to Doug Hazleman, Veaam's VP of Marketing, about the new certification just before the Thanksgiving holiday. He indicated that while the program aims primarily at Veaam's reseller partners, and will be delivered through its distribution channel (Amosdec, Axoft, BGS, Commaxx, CommTech, DataStor, Distrilogie, ETC, ETC BV, Hayat, Infotronics, Ingram, Lifeboat Distribution, Magirus, Performance, Soft Select, Sytematika, Tech Data, and Zebra Tech, among others), it is also open to interested end-user organizations who wish to cultivate Veeam product expertise within their own ranks as well.
"We need trained professionals in the field," he said, "so we're making our training available through our distributors as our authorized education providers." Pearson VUE will be offering the VCME exams, but candidates must first take a three-day, $3,000 (MSRP US$) class before they will be permitted to sign up. The classes will be available in the classroom, or through on-demand video delivery over the Internet.
At the moment, the coursework is complete, and Veeam is engaged in T3 (Train The Trainer) activities to prepare to offer the VMCE courses in the classroom. Mr. Hazelman indicated that the courses and exams would go live sometime in January, 2014. Stay tuned for a notification when and as this actually happens.