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Recently a job posting asked for VMWARE experience. I dont have have experience in VMWARE and after looking on google, VMWARE seems to be a company that makes a lot of products.

I was expecting it to be some kind of emerging technology/language (like nosql/hadoop) that i could learn in my own time and apply for the job. (The job pays well, hence....)

Can someone explain what does vmware experience mean?

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Being able to configure and deploy virtual machines is a valuable tool to have as a developer allows you to quickly and easily test multiple system configurations. You can also verify your software works with lower amounts of memory and what happens when there is high usage ( 60-70% ) the lists is endless. –  Ramhound Aug 5 '13 at 12:18
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It probably means "do you have experience working with virtual machines rather than physical machines?" Or, if this is an it- or admin-type job, it may be asking if you have experience setting up, configuring, and administering a cluster of virtual machines.

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Thanks. I asked because it was a develoepr position so i thought why they need vmware configuration experience? –  Kaushik Aug 4 '13 at 19:26
@Kaushik Speaking as a developer who in an old job was in charge of 800+ VMWare virtual machines, I have found it to be a useful skill. Makes the automated setup and strip down of testing environments much easier, without having to rely on a (most likely) overworked hosting/IT department. –  razethestray Aug 4 '13 at 20:21
@Kaushik, it could be that the job is part sys admin, it could be a requirement carried on from a previous offer which would have been better removed, it could be that the development environment is set up so that it is useful, it could be that their product interface with VMware, it could be they want someone to tweak their software so that it performs better under VMware,... –  AProgrammer Aug 5 '13 at 12:12
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