The VMware Certified Master Specialist - HCI 2020 badge validates an earner's ability to deploy and manage a software-defined storage solution with VMware vSAN. Badge earners have an understanding of vSAN architecture, features and use cases, and interoperability with VMware vSphere.

Badging Path

1. Hold a VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization 2019 (VCP-DCV 2019) or VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization 2020 (VCP-DCV 2020) certification

2. Hold a VMware Specialist - vSAN 2019 (vSAN2019 Specialist) or VMware Specialist - vSAN 2020 (vSAN2020 Specialist) badge

5. Pass the VMware HCI Master Specialist exam (5V0-21.20)

VMware HCI Master Specialist
105 Minutes 55 Questions $250 USD
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