NPX – Preparation Plan

npx_logo Those of you following Nutanix know that the NPX program was announced earlier this month.  My wife is well on her way to agreeing that I should make an attempt in 2015 or 2016 (touch wood plus a Louis Vuitton).

The NPX Link-O-Rama is a great resource for all things NPX, including this applicable list of articles in my VCDX Deep-Dive series (more than 70 posts).

From the blueprint, I have drafted the following TO-DO List to start the process:

  • I have enrolled in the Nutanix Online Plus training course for US$495
  • In the next month I will sit the NPP and NSS exams
  • Currently immersing myself in DevOps and Kanban
  • Deep diving into the Nutanix related design guides and blog posts
  • Deep dive into 3rd Generation Web services (like Pivotal Cloud Foundry)
  • Deep dive into Virtual Machine design and performance (particularly for large Exchange Servers, Java Platforms, Oracle DBs and SQL Server DBs)
  • Deep dive into the Public Cloud offerings of AWS, vCloud Air, Azure, etc.
  • Need to select and develop a suitable design with supporting documentation
  • Need to master at least one more hypervisor.  If I choose Hyper-V, maybe take the exams to achieve MCSE Private Cloud.
  • Need to find an NPX study group
  • Need to secure a Nutanix VCP environment for functional, performance, recovery and integration testing

My current indecision on demonstrating mastery of two Hypervisors:

  • Do I have vSphere in my design submission and then defend AHV/Hyper-V or vice-versa?
  • Do I forget vSphere completely and prove mastery of AHV and Hyper-V?

By submitting a design with AHV/Hyper-V, my VCDX-validated vSphere skills would hold me in good stead for the live troubleshooting and design scenarios.

The crazy part of me is attracted to mastering AHV and Hyper-V together and forgetting vSphere.  The problem is AHV does not have a lot of published works and training available, which increases the level of difficulty and increases my time to submit.

If I wanted to defend in 2015, it would make sense to design for Microsoft Hyper-V and defend with VMware vSphere.  Like vSphere, there is loads of training and publications available for Microsoft Hyper-V.  Plus I already have a long history of using Windows Server that I can build upon.

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Chief Enterprise Architect and Strategist, 4xVCDX#133, NPX#8, DECM-EA.