The VMware Partner Network


The VMware Partner Network, our award-winning partner program, provides extensive resources, training and support to differentiate your business and increase profitability with our industry-leading virtualization and cloud solutions.  


The first step to becoming a VMware partner is to enroll in the VMware Partner Network (VPN). To start, click on the green button at the top right of this page.

What is the VMware Partner Network?

The VMware Partner Network is the framework for collaboration between VMware and our partners, offering a wide range of benefits, training, certifications and rewards to ensure our mutual success. The VMware Partner Network includes a range of partner programs to meet the needs of  a variety of partner types.


When you initially join, you do not need to select a specific partner program. You can just join the Enrolled tier. This tier allows you to:

  • Learn more about the different types of programs we offer
  • Take time to decide what program is right for your business model
  • Start acquiring the needed sales and technical solution skills to accelerate your time to the first VMware sale. Training is mostly free and available online.

Start learning about our partner programs and apply today to begin your journey with VMware.


Learn more about the different partner programs available and determine which one is best for your business. Our programs are designed to empower, distinguish and reward our partners with three primary relationships to best align with your business needs.


Welcome to the VMware Partner Network

Power of Partnership Blog

Get news and insights from the VMware Partner Network team.  

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VMware Announces New Channel Chief

IT Industry Veteran Jenni Flinders to Lead Worldwide Channels for VMware.

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VMware Cloud Briefing – Now on Demand

Hear the news about VMware Cloud on AWS, expanded partner programs, VMware Cloud Services and our new UK-based services.

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For additional details on our partner program announcements, please go to VMware Partner Central (log-in required for VPN partners).  


If you are interested in becoming a VMware partner and building your VMware Cloud on AWS business, please follow the steps below:

  1. Once enrolled in the VPN you’ll receive a Partner ID to access VMware Partner Central portal
  2. Go to Partner Central to then join the Solution Provider or VMware Cloud Provider Partner (VCPP) Program based on your business needs
  3. Complete VMware Cloud on AWS Solution Competency on Partner University and visit VMware Cloud on AWS page for selling resources


New partners are also recommended to take Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) for VMware Cloud on AWS: Fundamentals course on our online learning portal. Register and enter code wEkfuDwqWX

VMware Cloud Briefing - Now on Demand

Listen to the recording from our online event, and get the latest cloud service updates

EMPOWER 2018 Global Conference

A brand-new, stand-alone, partner-only event that will replace Partner Exchange, previously held at VMworld.


Access the Content Catalog that contains the very best of VMware’s internal technical training that will be available to our partner community throughout the conference. Each handpicked session will provide in-depth, technical deep dives into our products and solutions. Individuals with a technical background such as SEs and Architects (pre and post sales) are highly encouraged to attend this event.


For example, attendees will get access to:

  • Livefire Solutions that provide in-depth technical training, delivered by VMware Solutions Architects with real-world experience.
  • The New VMware Cloud on AWS Solution Competency accreditation training.
  • VMware Validated Design for SDDC - a design blueprint for VMware SDDC products that reduces risk and increases reliability for managing and operating a SDDC
  • Center for Advanced Learning (Advanced Architecture Course)
  • 1 FREE Certification (VCP or VCAP) for an on-site exam

Questions?  Contact our EMPOWER Team.

Register today



Partner Best Practices with BUSINESS IT AG and VMware

From VMware training to customer references, learn which partner best practices BUSINESS IT AG has found drive success with VMware.


VMware Solution Provider Program

Partners that add value by combining their technology expertise along with services to design, plan and deploy sophisticated virtualization solutions to meet the technical and business needs of your customers.

Corporate Resellers

Corporate Resellers operate in the U.S. and Canada. These very large partners provide online sales access and carry immediately available product inventory. Corporate Resellers hold multiple VMware Solution Competencies and offer their customers the full VMware solution portfolio.


VMware Authorized Distributors offer a broad range of value-added services for VMware partners and serve as an extension of VMware, helping to ensure partners have the tools and support needed to be successful.

VMware Education Resell Partners

VMware Education Resell Partners extend the reach of VMware Education Services by reselling VMware training and certification offerings. Through their global presence, these partners provide multiple training options for VMware customers.


VMware Cloud Providers Program (formerly vCAN)

The VMware Cloud Providers Program is the ideal solution for companies who offer hosted services to third parties, such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Providers, Cloud Service Providers, Application Service Providers (ASPs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) Providers.

VMware Authorized Training Centers (VATCs)

VMware Authorized Training Centers are carefully selected by VMware to deliver authorized VMware technical training to our customers and channel partners.

VMware Global Partner Innovation Awards

Each year, VMware recognizes outstanding performance in our partner ecosystem with Global Partner Innovation Awards.

Honorees from around the world received awards at the Partner Leadership Summit 2017 in 21 different categories for outstanding performance and notable achievements in 2016.

Complete list of categories and award winners


OEM Partner Program

VMware teams with industry-leading hardware and software companies to optimize selected technology and solutions with VMware software. OEMs integrate their hardware and software together with VMware technology to sell and support joint solutions.

Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Program

Created exclusively for software, hardware and storage vendors, the Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program gives partners the resources to develop and deliver joint solutions to shared customers.


Partner Learning  


Expertise is the key to unlocking bigger deal sizes, better close rates and higher profits. The VMware commitment to partner success includes offering a wide range of training programs that cover every aspect of virtualization and cloud computing to build your skills and enable you to become a trusted advisor to your customers.


Explore the learning opportunities for you professionally and for your business to help you successfully market, sell and support VMware solutions and differentiate your offerings from the competition.