Should You Pick VMware or Hyper-V?

August 30th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »


More often than not, the contentious battles between major brands are little more than arguments over whether you should hold your toast butter side up or butter side down. Pepsi vs. Coke, BetaMax vs. VHS, and even iOS vs. Android are all arguments over personal taste. What if one of these epic showdowns could actually boost your IT marketability? For example, which virtualization tool is better for your career: VMware or Hyper-V?

Which Pays More?

Salary will always vary by company, experience, and location but if you look at data from Careerbuilder, there is an advantage to one of these virtualization tools over the other. Compile all the jobs posted on Careerbuilder’s job boards between August 2011 and July 2013 with these two skills and the mean salary offered for Hyper-V is slightly higher.

IT professionals with Hyper-V knowledge can on average expect $87,961 annually (with a range of $52,500 to $135,000) while those with VMware knowledge are looking at $85,642 annually (with a range of $52,000 – $120,000). The difference in the lower percentiles may not be noteworthy but in the upper percentiles, that variance is much more significant.

Which is in Greater Demand?

Surprisingly, not Hyper-V. Looking at the same stretch of time on Careerbuilder’s job boards, the demand for VMware trained IT professionals dwarfed the demand for anyone with Hyper-V. Companies advertised for 160,683 job postings that referenced VMware while only 35,154 job positions that referenced Hyper-V. That’s over 4.5 times higher! In Hyper-V’s defense, its market share is on the rise while VMware is on a steady decline after reaching a peak of 65.4% market share in 2008. Yet it may be some time before we see their percentages swap.

For both technologies, the number of active candidates with the proper knowledge is well under the actual demand but your options across industries is much more diverse if you have an understanding of VMware.

The Conclusion

So, if you have to start with one technology, go with VMware. There are far more jobs available on the market. Once you’ve got your foot in the door, you can actively pursue Hyper-V as a way of further advancing your earning potential.

by James Walsh

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