Depth of skills and expertise in region key to expanding R&D presence in Sofia along with opening of new professional services center of excellence
VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure,has today announced the expansion of its Research & Development facility in Sofia and the creation of a new Professional Services Center of Excellence. To support this growth, VMware is adding a new 6,000 square meter office space that will allow the organisation to gradually expand from 480 employees at present, to close to 1,000 over the next several years.
The current facility, already the largest Research & Development site for VMware in Europe, Middle East, & Africa (EMEA), boasts some of the best software developers, quality engineers, technical writers and product managers in the world, and who have been at the forefront in developing key VMware products with a focus on cloud management and automation.Building on the success of the current facility, the new site will allow VMware to expand its utilisation and development of the talent available in the region,as it continues to build innovative software-defined technologies that allow IT leaders to be bold in the pursuit of opportunity and decisive in the face of uncertainty.
In addition, VMware is announcing it will create a new Professional Services Center of Excellence,with plans to have close to150 employees in place by the end of 2015. Closely linked to the R&D facility, the centre is a first of its kind for VMware, and is aimed at addressing the company’s customer and partner needs across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Americas, and will transform VMware Bulgaria from a R&D facility to a multifunctional hub with product, revenue generating professional services and business operations teams
Commenting during his visit to the region, Pat Gelsinger, Chief Executive Office of VMware said: “Just walking around the site gives me a sense of excitement. This team in Bulgaria is going to play a crucial role in helping to redefinewhat’s possible in the Software-Definedera. We’re continuing to make investments like this here because this region has the skills and expertise to help customers and partners understand how the new Software-Defined approach is opening up new possibilities from the enterprise to the data center, and from a unified user environment to the hybrid cloud.”
In connection with its expansion plan in Bulgaria, VMware will continue hiring for both its Product and Professional Services teams – from front and backend software engineers with development and quality assurance expertise, along with product managers, release managers, technical communications and infrastructure experts.