Certification is a process by which VMware, Inc. ensures that the devices that are managed by the IP Manager are properly represented in the modeled topology, and that the devices are correctly monitored for connectivity and performance analysis. Devices are specific models of systems.
The certification process consists of three major parts:
Discovery of the device, including the device’s components (such as cards, ports) and endpoints (such as IP addresses, MAC addresses)
Building of Layer 2 (data link) and Layer 3 (network) connectivity
Verification of operational status of the device and its components
The IP Certification Matrix identifies the vendor-specific models that are supported by the IP Manager.