Meet Dimitar Kostov, Director R&D. His team is one of the core teams designing and developing VMware’s headline datacenter management product – VMware Cloud Foundation with the mission to make clouds ubiquitous, easy to build and operate so workloads can run anywhere, in a public or private cloud. Dimitar’s team is hiring all levels of engineers from architects and senior to junior and is looking for an additional Senior Manager to scale the operations in Sofia.
Tell us about your career journey to date?
Next I went to SAP, to learn how products are made on world scale. I was running the lifecycle management team for SAP NetWeaver. I got infected with lean and agile and this is now part of how I think. It was an impressive experience and I got a lot of friends, but I had the itch to do something new. We co-founded one of the companies with best culture in Bulgaria – Methodia and this was my first stint as CEO. This time I was literally responsible for people and finances and a great school on leveraging everything I learned so far to build something from ground up, with finite resources and fewer people. We became a VMware customer and I got wow-ed by the impact this company has on the world. These folks knew how to do things at scale, for the future and I wanted to learn from that, so here I am!
How is VMware different to any other tech company you have worked for?
What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Number one, by far, is invest in people and never give up on people! A great team can accomplish anything and it will be also fun in the process, and it will be good for everyone in the team, including you, as you grow together. My team has people with amazing skills in many areas, way better than me in these areas. Fuelling their growth grows the team’s capabilities, sets example for the more junior and also helps me learn from them quite a bit too. A key for all this is to build an open culture, where information flows freely and people have no concerns sharing and exchanging.
Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s charter?
My team drives the Workload Domain Management and Automation area of the product. Think of a workload domain as an AWS or Azure availability zone, with all the automation, resources and services. Our goal is to make the Workload Domains easy to consume and better integrated in the infrastructure and the business. Java, software-defined networking and declarative infrastructure as code is what we do on daily basis.
A unique thing – we are in direct contact with a number of our largest customers, household names, that operate infrastructures comparable to the infrastructure of an entire country. Some of them are our design partners, providing us with unique access and insight into their operations and challenges, so we can base our decisions on what happens in the real world. We learn and discover new things every day!