Today I took the VCIX-NV exam (VCXN610) and failed with a score of 277/500 (pass mark is 300). Really enjoyed the exam, NSX-v is such a cool piece of technology, it is fun to build stuff with the “swiss-army knife” of data center networking. I will retake the exam in two weeks. Update: 3 June 2015, passed today with 324/500. Lab latency was particularly bad this time.
The VCDX-NV “Blueprint” and “Handbook and Application” are now available at the VMware Certification site. I have blogged about VCDX-NV before and I tweeted the other day about VCDX-NV which generated quite a bit of conversation. This post summarises the points raised in that chat.
Ignore version 1.1 of “Handbook and Application”, it was a cut and paste of the DCV blueprint, they need to update the “Index to Highlights” to match the “Blueprint”. From the Blueprint you can see that the technology silos are:
- NSX Infrastructure Components
- Virtual Networking
- Physical Networking
- NSX Security
- NSX – Cloud Management Platform Integration
It makes sense that there is no requirement for Compute, Storage or Virtual Machines in your VCDX-NV design. So you can use any hypervisor that supports NSX, the only requirement is that you include NSX in your design.