Hyper converged infrastructure company, Nutanix, has launched a new technology certification - the Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX).
This flagship educational program creates a new standard in IT certifications and highlights the increasing adoption of multi-hypervisor environments in enterprise datacentres.
The certification, which is offered free of charge, is devised by Nutanix’s customer education service nu.school.
Participants will master the technical details of hyper-converged infrastructure in order to determine which technology is the most appropriate for different applications and use cases.
The certification program requires extensive architectural capabilities validated through written exams, a Web-scale solution design, hands-on lab and design exercises, and a live peer review.
Applicants must be experts in at least two hypervisor platforms and, upon graduating, will be certified by Nutanix.
Successful candidates will be fluent in legacy workloads and platforms while understanding the next generation of IT services and the operational models that go with them.
Graduates will be able to help businesses meet the growing demand for hyper converged and multi hypervisor use cases such as big data, OpenStack and test-dev.
They will advise enterprises which technology is the most appropriate for their IT environment, and determine how to use that technology as efficiently as possible.
Nutanix nu.school manager, Mark Brunstad, said the NPX program was the company's answer to the global shortage of enterprise architects who really understood the business benefits of software-defined storage and hyper-convergence.
"They are the gateway to Web-scale technology and that’s the future of IT,” he said.
“The market needs proven veterans who know how to successfully migrate companies to the same kind of efficient, scalable infrastructure used by Google, Facebook and Amazon.
"Our graduates will know how to deploy container technologies like Docker and Rocket and how to build infrastructure that supports legacy applications with OpenCompute economics.”
The NPX certification was developed by a team of 14 Nutanix experts under the guidance of Lisa S. O’Leary, a PhD psychometrician from Alpine Testing Solutions.
It will be offered to graduates that complete a two-stage examination progress – the NPX Program Application, followed by the NPX Design Review.