VMware has launched an online VMware Partner University, consolidating aspects of its training initiatives.
The university is designed as a virtual campus to provide partners with access to training and education on VMware products, services and solutions from pre- through to post sales.
VMware channel director, David Blackman, said the Partner University was an attempt by the vendor to give its global partners equal access to high-quality training.
“There’s a direct correlation between levels of certification and the revenue that a partner can make out of VMware,” Blackman said. “As such, education is very important to us as certification has been one of the drivers of our successes.
“There will still be some face-to-face trainers, especially for some of the technical and higher-end design certifications. These will be complemented by the university.”
VMware has 22,000 partners worldwide, almost all of which will have access to the university, Blackman said. Though the vendor has not set down any targets for use of the university it was expecting to get heavy use from local partners.
Courses will cover the entire range of VMware solutions, from server and desktop virtualisation to virtualising business-critical applications and mobile devices.
“It’s good timing to be opening the university, as it gives our partners an opportunity to differentiate themselves in the market by earning different certifications, and it’s a good market for virtualisation at the moment,” Blackman said.