Nutanix Certified Associate (NCA)


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The Nutanix Certified Associate (NCA) certification validates your skills and abilities to navigate the Prism UI, extrapolate information from the UI, and know how to use the UI for basic operational tasks. 

Successful candidates have approximately 6-12 months of holistic IT infrastructure experience as well as 3-6 months of Nutanix virtualization experience. They are typically a systems administrator, junior engineer or IT operator and should be able to navigate and identify components within the Prism UI; perform life cycle management tasks of VMs and clusters; and monitor and report on performance, events, and alerts. The successful candidate will most likely have taken training courses such as the Nutanix Hybrid Cloud Fundamentals (NHCF) course.

Knowledge Objectives

Section 1 – Describe Life Cycle Management

  • Describe Life Cycle Management (LCM)
  • Identify and monitor LCM software and firmware

Section 2 – Describe Nutanix Fundamental Concepts

  • Describe how to access Prism Central and Prism Element
  • Identify differences between Prism Central and Prism Element
  • Describe components of a Nutanix cluster
  • Define Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)

Section 3 - Explain Cluster Alerts and Monitoring Administration

  • Interpret alerts and events
  • Interpret cluster health
  • Desbribe the benefits of Pulse
  • Describe interaction with the Support Portal
  • Differentiate between VM, node, and cluster performance metrics

Section 4 - Describe Storage Concepts

  • Describe Nutanix storage architecture and features
  • Differentiate replication and redundancy factors

Section 5 -Explain Virtual Infrastructure Administration

  • Identify VM, network, and node configuration
  • Describe the image service
  • Explain VM operations

Section 6 - Describe Nutanix Solutions

  • Describe Nutanix architectural concepts
  • Identify Nutanix products by use case


Once you earn the NCA certification you join an exclusive community of Nutanix certified personnel, and earn more tangible benefits as well:

  • Use of the NCA logo
  • NCA Digital Badge from Credly
  • Access to the Nutanix Certification store
  • Discounts on Nutanix events
  • Early access to educational programs

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