The ability to create vSphere designs and carry out an implementation plan can be verified with a Certified Advanced Professional on vSphere 5 - Datacenter Design certification, offered exclusively by VMware. IT architects who are capable of designing and integrating a multi-site enterprise environment solution are exemplary candidates. Generally, the VCAP5-DCD certification will cover three main designs: conceptual, logical (created from an existing conceptual design), and physical (created from an existing logical design). Individuals seeking this intermediate certification should have a solid understanding of how to create and implement these designs.
Additional knowledge of Datacenter design principles and vSphere components, and their relation to such things as infrastructure, storage and applications, will be tested on the VCAP5-DCD examination. Participants will be required to design solutions based on a set of customer requirements and a specific situation.
Two years of experience working with VMware products in a virtual environment is suggested. Before beginning work toward this certification, individuals must be certified as a VMware Certified Professional 5. Information crucial for earning this certification can be picked up by enrolling in two preparation courses - VMware vSphere: Design Workshop and Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Design. Study guides, exam information and a full program overview can be found on the VMware website.