“The numbers have grown significantly,” reportedly said Tom Silver, senior vice president of marketing and customer support at Dice.
Silver attributed the growth in job postings in this area to companies realizing that there are significant cost savings associated with virtualization, coupled with the move to make data centers greener, as they require less resources to run more quickly and cleanly.
Companies besides VMware, which once had the market largely to itself, have also taken notice of the trend, with Citrix Systems, Microsoft, Red Hat, Sun and Oracle also focusing heavily on virtualization technology.
Silver said he sees jobs in this are as an ideal career move for a programmer or project manager.
Illuminata analyst Gordon Haff also wieghed in saying he feels that virtualization is such a buzzword these days, there’s a lot of confusion as to what it actually is.
“Everyone is calling everything virtualization these days. Though actual virtualization has had a big spike in interest, too, and I have no doubt that the demand for people who have worked with VMware [has] gone up by a lot, it still may turn out to be a little over-hyped,” Haff said.
Haff also argued that virtualization work is less on the developer side of the house, and more operational in nature.
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