Any design that has passed the application stage will be considered an accepted design for defense, or re-defense. Based on this, a VCDX candidate who has not successfully passed a defense can re-apply using the exact same design, and they are automatically accepted to the defense stage.
Minor changes made to address panelist feedback from the initial defense are expected and should be documented in a change log, and/or in the next defense presentation slide deck.
However, if significant changes are made to the design, the VCDX candidate will be required to submit a full change log showing all changes made and the design may be reviewed again as a first submission. Note that changes may open up the possibility of not successfully passing the application and design stage.
We understand that designs may be done as a team effort and team members may wish to submit the same design. This is acceptable; however, when submitting a shared design, all candidates involved who are aiming for the VCDX level certification must submit the design at the same time. Each candidate may select a different defense (up to two sessions later), but the design must be submitted, reviewed, and passed at the same time. Each candidate must also apply for the same solution track.
If the same design is submitted at a later time by a different candidate, even if the candidate was listed on the original design, it may be refused and the candidate can be asked to submit a new design.
A maximum of three (3) candidates can work on a single design. This ensures that each candidate has worked on and understands the design well enough to defend every piece of it.
Any current VCDX can submit a design to earn a VCDX in a different solution track. The design will go through the same review process as before to validate that all the pre-requisites are met. If the design is accepted, then the candidate will be scheduled for a defense. The defense will consist of a 1-hour remote session with VCDX panelists, conducted remotely using telephone and remote video (typically WebEx).
It is recommended that the candidate prepare a 5-10 minute presentation focusing on the elements specific to the track the candidate is attempting to earn the VCDX in.
Note that a VCDX-NV who is applying for VCDX-DCV, VCDX-Cloud, or VCDX-DT will be required to re-defend (in the full defense process) if the design was built on NSX-MH, to show the mastery of the vSphere infrastructure that these other solution tracks require. If the design was built on NSX-V they will defend in the 1-hour remote session.
An Emeritus status will be given to VCDX’s whose VCDX version is more than two (2) versions old. For example, assuming that VCDX6 is the current version, anyone holding a VCDX older than VCDX4 will be granted an Emeritus status and shown as such in the directory.
Any VCDX with the Emeritus status can always become current simply by upgrading to the current version following the VCDX Upgrade Policy. Once their version is upgraded they will no longer be considered Emeritus.
A VCDX candidate is only allowed to defer the defense panel to next defense cycle up to one (1) time. If the defense panel is not completed on the next defense cycle, candidate will be required to submit the application again and the design will be reviewed as a first submission (Application Fee of $995 USD will be collected). Note that any major changes to the design may open up the possibility of not successfully passing the application and design stage.
Learn the steps you need to take to ensure success on your way to achieving your VCDX designation.
The VCDX Workshop is offered in two distinct forms: in person and online via WebEx. Each one is a complete and engaging deep dive into the VCDX Process providing tips and success strategies for: solution design selection and development; the VCDX application and supporting documentation; creation and delivery of the design overview; the VCDX design scenario; the VCDX troubleshooting scenario; time management strategies, and questions candidates can expect to field during their Design Defense.
What makes the two differ is that where the in person workshop is 4 hours long with interactive audience participation throughout, interaction in the online version is limited to the WebEx chat window. We use the same content for both, but since there is less audience participation the online version is shorter (2 hours). We plan to offer the online sessions quarterly during times that work for both APAC as well as US and EMEA, and they will be recorded. These sessions do not build on each other, each replay is the same content as the previous so you need only attend one or two as a refresher.
Note: These designs do not necessarily include all components needed for the VCDX Application package, nor are they intended to be used as a template for a candidate's submissions. A prospective candidate should not use anything directly from these samples in your final design package. These are intended solely to provide examples to help you with your own customized design package, and you should always refer to the appropriate VCDX Blueprint for your application to ensure you include everything necessary.