IBM Virtualization Certifications

Being a company and organization with credential programs hugely which provides encompassing to numerous specialized and professionally certified people thereby becoming growing investment technically in technologies of virtualizations, it has been a surprising factor that IBM offers currently certifications which focus in this field.

In the category of credentials, IBM does not call virtualization as credentials. But IBM offers certifications namely Certified Associate Developer and 2 Certified System Expert certifications which takes virtualization as topics primarily.


  1. IBM Certified Associate Developer — Rational Test Virtualization Server V8
  2. IBM Certified Systems Expert — Virtualization Technical Support for IBM i -v1
  3. IBM Certified Systems Expert — Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux – v2

Certification levelled as Developer provides identification to developers and integration testers who possess experience basically of testing and developing services virtually on IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server v8.0.

 IBM provides recommendation to candidates and students to possess practical experience with Rational Test Virtualization Server (integration testing, virtualizing applications and services) and understanding technologies of messaging middleware.

Certification levelled as Expert has entire focus on IBM technology of virtualization for managing, implementing and designing environments of virtualization. Students who are qualified plan environments virtualized from inception initially through maintenance, installing, and selecting apt technology of virtualization for meeting important situations and needs.

Students must know requirements of storage for environments virtualized and possess abilities of dealing with migration from runtime to conventional environments virtualized. Recommendation of IBM to candidates is that Virtualization Technical Support for IBM i -v1 must have 3 to 5 experience years or for Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux – v2 must have 12 to 18 months.

IBM is presently doing big betting generally on cloud computing and particularly on virtualization. Meaning of this is that organization and company may introduce more certifications on virtualization in near future or so.

Attending exams-

Needed courses-

  • Developer — Rational Test Virtualization Server V8:
  • Students must take Virtualization with Rational Test Virtualization Server course and Introduction to Rational Integration Tester course.
  • No prerequisites for Expert certifications.

Exams number-

  • Developer — Rational Test Virtualization Server V8:
  • Test C2140- 825- Rational Test Virtualization Server V8 (Pass mark- 60%, 60 minutes)
  • Expert — Virtualization Technical Support for IBM i -v1:
  • Test C4040-121- Virtualization Technical Support for IBM i -v1 (Pass mark-56%, 90 minutes)
  • Expert — Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux – v2: Any 1 must be passed
  • Test C4040-109 — Virtualization Technical Support for AIX and Linux – v2 (60% pass mark, 90 minutes, 58 questions)
  • Test C4040-104- AIX 6.1 Administration (60% pass mark, 90 minutes, 58 questions)
  • Test C4040-221-AIX 7 Administration (60% pass mark, 90 minutes, and 72 questions)
  • Fees- $200. Variation of prices according to geography is done.

Topics and scope and importance-

IBM Certified Systems Expert – Virtualization Technical Support for IBM i -v1 and for AIX and Linux-v2

  • 3-4 years experience designing and managing highly virtualized systems
  • Expert skills with HMC, VIO Server, IVM
  • Strong knowledge of FSP concepts and skills
  • Strong experience designing virtualized systems, including IBM i hosting other operating systems [such as AIX and Linux] in addition to hosting IBM i
  • Strong understanding of SAN concepts
  • Strong knowledge of the Power Systems family of servers, relevant I/O features, and external storage appropriate to the situation
  • Familiarity with System Planning Tool (SPT) and its uses
  • Strong networking skills, relative to IBM i hosting IBM i partitions and virtual networking used in VIO server to client partitions.

Topics, and scope and importance:

IBM Certified Associate Developer-Rational Test Virtualization Server V8

  • 12-18 months planning, designing, implementing, supporting, and troubleshooting solutions which leverage IBM virtualization technologies.
  • Strong experience with the full complement of PowerVM capabilities at all Edition levels
  • Experience managing and administering virtualized environments on IBM Power Systems servers, especially POWER7-based technologies
  • Understands SAN concepts at a high level and can communicate storage requirements effectively.
  • Has strong Ethernetworking experience and understands High Availability concepts.
  • Completion of recommended education
  • Earn prerequisite System Administration (test #104)
  • Achieving the Enterprise Technical Support certifications is strongly recommended.

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