Latest Worldwide Quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker data by IDC:

  • 4% of servers shipped in Q4 2009 became virtualized
  • A 1% increase to 19.4% of servers shipped virtualized only one year later in Q4 2010
  • Global revenue in software virtualization reached $1.9 billion in 2008
  • A 43% increase followed a year after to $2.7 billion revenue from software virtualized

Observing these statistics implies an immense increase of virtualization technologies that is incorporated by most businesses and organizations today. The strategy that follows virtualization provides an efficient increase in quick deployment and flexibility of data and information as the market continually grows.

Virtualization is a computing term referring to compiling virtual versions of physical data, including the nowadays virtualization of hardware and storage platforms, and extending but not limited to operating systems. Though virtualization is not an innovative term as it has been used for years, it is recently through VMware that virtualization is becoming present in most ordinary hardware and machines. Giants of tech. like Microsoft and Citrix are current advocates of virtualization while smaller corporations like Parallels or RedHat/Qumranet are following in the same footsteps toward revolutionizing virtual space.

Virtualization has reached beyond the virtual server and is becoming a popular use toward desktop virtualization. This means that whole systems of machines are being hosted from a single operating system and machine, creating endless virtual spaces for any number of users.

It is through virtualization that users and organizations are being provided with swift opportunities to operate machines anywhere and at any time in the world. In a sentence, virtualization offers a revolutionary method into networking that is both low-cost and highly productive.

Virtualization comes in different forms:

  • Hardware Virtualization – turning a machine into an actual computer equipped with an Operating System
  • Software Virtualization – installing and using software through a virtual layer that allows the operation and execution of software applications
  • Desktop Virtualization – refers to providing multiple users with individualized network and desktop capabilities, often run through a centralized server or machine by LANs or WANs
  • Storage Virtualization – creating a virtual space that acts as a connector between multiple storage devices and is managed as a single entity
  • Memory Virtualization– provides users or servers a shared and distributed memory space in order to surpass physical memory to allow smoother operation of applications. This improves memory utilization and allows simultaneous use of data and applications without need of duplication.
  • Data Virtualization– refers to a unified location of data that can be retrieved and managed without the need for technical details.
  • Network Virtualization– allows for resource allocation and utilization of such resources like bandwidth into individualized channels independent of one another and usable by different servers or users

Virtualisation employers and recruitment

Virtualisation Vendors: VMWare, Microsoft, Cirtix, Novell, Oracle.

Operators and Service Providers: Telstra, Optus, Orange Business Systems, BT, Verizon.

System Integrators and vendors: EMC, NetApp, Hitachi Data Centre HDS, Cisco, Dimension Data, CSC, Data#3, Cloud Solutions Group, Dell, Oracle Sun.

Hosting Providers: Equinix, Global Switch, Fujitsu, AC3, Macquarie Intellicentre, NextDC, Hostworks, MelbourneIT, Ultraserve, Rackspace, Amazon, Harbour MSP.

Typical of jobs we recruit for in Virtualisation

Business Development Manager – Virtualisation & Storage, Data Centre Manager, Virtualisation Engineer, Infrastructure Project Manager – Virtualisation, NOC Engineer, NOC Manager, Data Centre Technician, Solution Architect – Virtulization,  Virtualization Implementation Engineer, Professional Services Manager, Services Delivery Manager – Virtualization, Senior Consulting Engineer- Virtualization, Systems Engineer- Virtualization, Practice Manager, Product Manager – Virtualization, Senior Consultant, Virtualisation Architect, Enterprise Account Manager.

Certifications used in Virtualisation jobs

VMWare Certifications

– VMware Certified Professional (VCP4)
– VMware Certified Professional (VCP5)
– VMware Certified Advanced Professional vSphere4 – Datacenter Administration(VCAP4 – DA)
– VMware Certified Design Expert vSphere4 (VCDX4)
– VMware Certified Associate (VCA-DT)
– VMware Certified Professional (VCP-DT)
– VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP-DT)
– VMWare Sales Professional (VSP)

Microsoft Certifications

– Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
– Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

Citrix Certifications

– Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer for Virtualisation (CCEE)
– Citrix Certified Integration Architect for Virtualisation (CCIA)

Red Hat Virtualization Certification

– Red Hat Certified Virtualisation Administrator (RHCVA)