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Elevate Your VMware Expertise: Dive Deeper into Advanced Licensing Concepts, Unravel Cloud Services, and Become a SAM Champion:

VMware: Advanced is a higher level course intended for those who have completed the Essentials course and want to take their knowledge further.  It takes a dive into more advanced licensing concepts for on premise software, VMware support and product lifecycles, and takes you on a journey into a mysterious world of VMware Cloud Services, both SaaS and IaaS.

The course is designed for those wanting to increase their knowledge of VMware licensing, whether that be in the SAM / ITAM space or commercial and procurement. The course is perfect for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of this often overlooked software publisher and will support you on your SAM journey.  The knowledge gained from this course will benefit your organisation and serve as the next step to becoming a VMware expert.

What You'll Learn:

By the end of this course, you will learn:

Course Content

  • Introduction to the course leader. 
  • Overview of course content. 
  • Overview of course objectives. 
  • Deep dive into the core licensing metric and how it can change.
  • A closer look at the OSI and PLU metrics introduced in the Essentials course.
  • Introduction to some of VMware’s more unusual metrics and the products they are paired with.
  • Introduction to VMware’s support services and extended support.
  • Overview of the Support Services Guide.
  • Overview of Support Policies.
  • How VMware automate support.
  • A guide to the product lifecycle.
  • Introduction to VMware’s cloud services – SaaS and IaaS.
  • Overview of the Cloud Exhibit.
  • Overview of the Cloud Services Guide.
  • Key takeaways.
  • Useful information.
  • Glossary and links.


Barry Pilling is the founder and principal consultant of Cortex Consulting, an independent software licensing and asset management consultancy. He has been working in the ITAM industry for fourteen years and specialises in licensing software on datacentre and cloud technology platforms.
His deep knowledge of vendors like VMware, Microsoft and IBM has helped numerous clients over the years to optimise and realise savings. Barry is a passionate advocate of helping IT asset managers in developing the technical and licensing skills that will support them with their roles.

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