Server Virtualization Engineer

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Server Virtualization Engineer

By using software, a Server Virtualization Engineer partitions physical servers into several smaller virtual servers to boost server resources. Besides, this individual also helps to ensure that space is saved, allowing many resources to use the same space. By doing so, they improve network performance and drastically reduce operating costs.

Virtualization allows the creation of virtual servers, operating systems, network resources, etc. in cloud computing it allows users to share the resources present in the clouds and also the infrastructure.  

Server virtualization uses a specially created software that lets administrators make one physical server act as if they are several virtual machines. Each of these machines behaves like a unique physical device that can run its operating system (OS).

Right candidates for this position should have excellent verbal and written communication skills because they would have to interact with vendors and customers. They should also be able to work well in a team.

Job Description

Servers Engineer will install, maintain, and support system software and hardware used by development groups at organizations, provide support and consultancy for multiple environments, administer systems, monitor, upgrade, maintain, install, organize, configure, and deploy systems within VMware environments. They will also assess new technologies and methods, work along with other teams to maintain consistency of internal policies and procedures, communicate effectively about issues and requirements, and have the ability to assess new approaches and technologies. They will have to document these processes.

Engineers design, deploy and maintain supporting infrastructures, such as cSphere, XenServer, ESX Hosts, and vCenter.  They ensure that virtualized environments are functioning properly.  

Engineers need to script and manage peripherals, such as scanners, printers, and copiers and other such devices in a VMware VDI environment. They must install, configure, and manage components of the VMware virtualization environment, such as VSphere, ESX, VRM, etc.

Engineers perform forecasting, capacity evaluations, and condition appraisals of the infrastructure.  They configure, administer, troubleshoot, and conduct backups and retrieval.  

Moreover, they should have experience of working with vSphere v5.x and 6.x of VMware, experience of installing, configuring, upgrading, monitoring, and troubleshooting vCenter and ESXi servers, and have knowledge about hardware and how they function with operating systems, have experience working with HyperV environments, and have the ability to perform system administration tasks of both Windows and Linux operating systems.

Engineers take part in developing new technical strategies and designs and use best practices according to their organizations’ policies and procedures in virtualization, including in its designing and configuring.

They will need to be familiar with Knowledge of DNS, TCP/IP, LANs/WANs, etc.  They have to design and deploy security mechanisms to foil attempts of cyber criminals who look to steal or tamper with the infrastructure.  

Engineers also adhere to organizational policies and processes for change management. Finally, they take remedial actions to prevent incident occurrences in the future.

Scope for Server Virtualization Engineers

Scope for Server Virtualization Engineers

As part of their job duties, they configure and deploy various virtualization technologies. It will allow them to become proficient in virtual infrastructure, which will be embraced by most businesses in the future as they migrate to cloud computing. The emergence of SDN (Software Defined Networking) will also give an impetus to virtualization. Most importantly, they should be conversant with concepts, such as Hypervisor, Cloning, Hyper Convergence, Super Convergence, VM Cluster, etc.

Job opportunities for network and computer systems administrators are estimated to grow six percent during the period 2016-2026. More of them will be needed as enterprises invest in emerging technologies and mobile networks, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  

Server virtualization allows organizations to add hypervisor, a virtualization manager, to allow them to run different operating systems at the same time and related tasks on just one physical server. Besides, it reduces energy bills with manual procedures. These days, virtualized environments manage massive work tasks. In addition, server virtualization offers businesses high accessibility, scalability, speed, flexibility and better performance. This has prompted many organizations to transition to virtualization. Therefore, more openings are available for these engineers.

Before they venture into this field, they need to be aware of hypervisors, VM clusters, cloning, hyper-convergence, thin provisioning, and decoupled storage, among others  

Educational Qualifications and Other Skills Required

To be considered for the position, aspirants should have a bachelor’s degree or adequate experience in computer science, engineering or information technology, besides sufficient expertise in VMware VCenter / VSphere as a platform for virtualization.

Furthermore, virtualization engineers need to keep themselves in touch with the latest technologies, be able to implement proactively, maintain, and resolve issues in virtualized environments, monitor the entire environment, and make suggestions to improve the environment’s performance by developing plans to reduce problems.

They should be conversant with networking and storage concepts like SAN and NAS. A certification in VMware or Windows would be beneficial.


The average annual salary for a VMware Virtualization Engineer in the United States is $94,700, according to neuvoo. People who intend to freelance can earn up to $48.46 per hour.

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