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Dell EMC Lays Out Certification Framework

The Dell-EMC merger is finally far enough along that the combined company now offers a comprehensive framework that embraces all of its many certifications. The only thing missing are the VMware certifications, which still operate separately.

When Dell announced its purchase of EMC (including VMware) for $67 billion back on Oct. 12, 2015, it was the largest tech company acquisition ever undertaken at the time. VMware remains an independent, publicly-traded company — in which Dell EMC has a sizable stake, to be sure — while the rest of EMC is now part of the privately-held and burgeoning Dell technology empire.


That probably explains why the VMware certs have stayed independent of Dell EMC as well, but there’s still a lot of stuff to digest as Dell EMC’s Certification Roadmap clearly shows:


Dell EMC Certification Framework


Despite having shed numerous business units, such as Sonic Wall and its security appliances, that have their own specific certs, Dell EMC now handles a sizable certification portfolio. Let’s take a look at what falls under this giant umbrella, using the categories that appear in the roadmap graphic.


I’m going to skip the certs labeled “EP” only in that chart, because they apply only to Dell EMC employees and members of that company’s partner networks. Those who fall in either of those categories have plenty of other options to learn about Dell EMC credentials that apply to them — though they too should find the various roadmaps (the general one shown here, plus specific ones for each of the five categories show) useful as well.


Plan and Design: The Cloud Architect EMCCA certification is general enough to be positioned as an industry certification, which means it theoretically applies even outside the Dell EMC umbrella. The Technology Architect EMCTA and Design Engineer VCE-CIDE certifications are positioned as EP and aim at various EMC technologies and platforms in the areas of converged infrastructure, storage solutions, virtualization, availability and backup.


Deploy: This category features EP credentials for Cloud Engineers EMCCE and Implementation Engineers (in both EMC/EMCIEand VCE/VCE-CIIE silos). It also offers EPC designations for Dell EMC Proven Professional credentials on Product/Technology elements such as VxRail, Storage Resource Management, SAN, and Data Protection. Also included here: Dell Certified Professional credentials across various Platform categories, including data storage, networking and server products.