VCIX-NV Exam Recap

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.

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VCDX-NV Explained

vcdx-nv 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.

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