If you've been following the rumor mill and blog posts over the last year, you know that VMware has been preparing a new certification focused specifically on the use of VMware to provide cloud services. Specifically, the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification was going to be expanded to encompass those professionals that provide cloud services to their customers.
To that end, VMware recently launched the beta of the VCP Infrastructure as a Service (VCP-IAAS) certification, aimed squarely at those professionals who support the VMware-based infrastructure that supports public cloud offerings. Before, VMware certifications such as the VCP and the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) were focused more on the use of VMware as a private virtualization platform. But, as the IT industry continues to move towards greater use of services, as opposed to internally-owned infrastructure, VMware recognized the need to place a greater focus on the skills required to support a public-cloud offering, with its own unique challenges and requirements.
Now, as of July 27th, that beta became a general release, and the VCP - IAAS is now being offered by VMware. The details are still a little scanty, but it can be assumed that the certification will follow the same general approach of the beta examination, which was comprised of 115 questions, with a maximum score of 300 on a scaled scoring system.
More details can be found at the VMware education blog, at http://blogs.vmware.com/education/2012/06/www.vmware.com/go/vcpiaas/