What experience do you need to apply for a role with VMware Professional Services?

I wrote this article on Linked a while ago and I wanted combine it

VMware Professional Services in Australia are always looking for suitable candidates to join their team of consultants. Have you ever read those job descriptions and wondered if you have what it takes to work for VMware PSO?

Do you have years of vCenter and vSphere experience? This experience, although valuable is only a very small part of a consultant’s role. Clients engage VMware consultants to design their vSphere environments as a solid foundation for the deployment of our extensive suite of SDDC products. It is in the SDDC spare where VMware consultants demonstrate their value.

This narrows down the field of candidates significantly, doesn’t it? Have you deployed VMware’s entire suite of SDDC products? Don’t worry, not many people outside of VMware have. VMware’s increasing range of products and capabilities means that your unique experience may just put you ahead of the rest. Here are some simplified criteria that may assist you in determining if you should apply.

Let’s start with the basics. You should meet all of these criteria:

  • A passion for VMware. Whether you have your own blog, read all the books, build your home lab or just want to learn. You should love what you do.
  • Consulting capabilities are critical. You will be expected to work directly with clients that range from senior managers to junior techs.
  • Communicate clearly and confidently, be well presented, and have good documentation experience.
  • Fit in with the team. Your job is not always about who you work for, but who you work with. It is the people that work with you every day that makes your job enjoyable. Share your knowledge, contribute to the teams success, build relationships, and enjoy yourself.

Here is the difficult part. These are the technical skills and experience that VMware consultants really need.

You may only fit a few of these criteria, but that could be all you need. Not many people outside of VMware have experience with the following products. So how do you get short listed and score yourself an interview?

vRealize Automation (vRA)

This product is now considered our “core” knowledge. All consultants need to know vRA. Don’t worry though, new applicants can leverage their experience with PowerCLI, Orchestrator or vCloud Director to successfully apply for a role. Do your research, learn about vRA, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and how vRA integrates with other VMware products.

Application Services

You may have never heard of it but its role in PaaS is crucial. Have you previously automated the deployment of applications on Windows or Linux? This will get your foot in the door. Application Services leverages PowerShell, CMD and Bash scripts to orchestrate the installation of various applications. If you can install applications from scripts, then we want to hear from you.

vRealize Orchestrator (vRO)

Often referred to as VMware’s best kept secret. If you use vCenter you already own it, but I bet you don’t use it! Why? A long time ago, vRO was difficult to use unless you were a JavaScript programmer. These days 90% of what you need is out-of-the-box functionality and minimal understanding of JavaScript is required. Deploy it, use it, learn it. vRO provides centralised integration to VMware products and extensibility to 3rd party products. If you have great JavaScript capabilities already, then put your hat in the ring now.

vRealize Operations Manager (vROps)

Management, monitoring and analysis of customers environments is always high on the list of required experience. If you have used vROps, great! Why not take it a step further and integrate custom dashboards with 3rd party products, talk about super metrics, or integrate vROps with vRO. If you can demonstrate your ability to use alerts to execute vRO workflows that automatically resolve health issues on client sites, then…..where do i sign?

vRealize Code Stream (DevOps)

You have worked on infrastructure your entire career, have you ever even had a conversation with a software developer? This is situation for 99% of VMware engineers. If words like continuous integration, continuous delivery, Artifactory, Jenkins, Yum, Git or any other developer products and terms mean anything to you then we may have a role for you.

Horizon EUC

End User Computing is a massive area that encompasses a large range of products. If you have experience with Horizon View, Horizon DaaS, App Volumes, User Environment Manager, AirWatch, or Workspace ONE then do yourself a favour and apply now. There is however a lack of VMware specific experience in the community so we have opened our doors to applicants with Citrix and Microsoft VDI consulting experience.


I have left the best for last. NSX is the most difficult to recruit for. There is very little experience within the community using NSX and that means that any relevant network experience is acceptable. Higher certifications levels and extensive experience with physical network design and configuration will be highly regarded. Candidates with the flexibility to work on other VMware products (as above) will be put to the top of the list.


I hope that this will help you decide if you will apply for that next role that is advertised with VMware PSO. Long gone are the days where 5+ years of vSphere experience is necessary.