Just recently, VMware released the VMware Certified Professional - Infrastructure as a Service (VCP - IAAS) certification. The VCP-IAAS is the first VMware certification focused on design, implementation and support of VMware-based platforms specifically used to support public-cloud infrastructure offerings.
VMware is far from the first manufacturer to offer certifications designed specifically for service providers. And, really, VMware still has quite a ways to go before its training and certification program rivals that of other providers such as Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft, and quite a few others.
Which begs the question - since VMware appears to be attempting to gain parity with other leaders in the area of technical certification, it stands to reason that, at some point, they will likely introduce an Architect-level certification.
VMware already has an expert-level certification, the VMware Certified Design Expert, or VCDX. The VCDX is roughly equivalent, in terms of difficulty level and required candidate knowledge level, to the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). But both Cisco and Microsoft, for example, have now developed Architect-level certifications. In Cisco's case, the Cisco Certified Architect (CCA) is their highest level of certification. In the case of Microsoft, that certification is the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA).
So where is VMware? Clearly, VMware is a major industry leader, with a very popular and widely implemented technology, and a very large share of the virtualization market. And if any technology needs architect-level certifications, it's virtualization. With so much riding on enterprise virtualization platforms today, the need for architect-level professionals - who can design those platforms on a corporate-wide basis - is more critical now than ever, and that's not likely to change.
So, while an announcement from VMware is still forthcoming, it sure seems like this is the next logical step in the training and certification program. And here's hoping that they take that step in the relatively near future.