Rick Mur

Limitless Networking

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Next Generation Global Connectivity

Technologies like SDWAN have fundamentally changed the way we think about WAN infrastructures for enterprise IT environments over the past few years. Global WAN offerings are no longer a necessity as pretty much ‘any’ connectivity will do. You are no longer bound to private (MPLS-based) connections/networks. Software and smarter routing mechanisms will fix all your problems, if you talk to the SDWAN vendors, but this leaves an important piece of the puzzle missing. You still need a (large/worldwide) Service Provider to arrange this global connectivity for you.

Subscription Economy

Over the past few years we have become so used to the habit of going online, click a few times and order anything we want. People nowadays are more interested in access over ownership. When access is all that counts, than the one offering the most fluent and easy access wins! If this is the case, then why is there no neutral and independent portal, where I can look for worldwide connectivity options? This is the foundation of GNX, the new company that I co-founded!

GNX

GNX aims to become a leader in worldwide connectivity for Enterprise customers. As CTO I’m responsible for all technical aspects of our organization. From architecting our custom software, our infrastructure, heading up the development team to speaking at worldwide events about SDWAN and the impact GNX can have on offering connectivity services to Enterprises. Helping customers designing their next generation WAN. The goal of GNX is to offer an automated self service portal to quote, order, deliver, bill and support worldwide connectivity under a single contract, SLA and invoice with assistance from our fanatical inside support team that helps you with sales, but also with engineering your connectivity!

SDWAN-your-way

Combined with the power of SDWAN fully integrated in our offering, GNX offers anything from ‘just’ an Internet connection to a fully managed worldwide WAN service, but also leave the decision power with the customer. Do you want to have full control over your SDWAN solution? Sure! Do you want us to manage the migration and the first year of service? Sure! You only need connectivity for your SDWAN deployment? Sure!

I believe the next generation WAN is all about having choice. SDWAN solves the first half of the problem, GNX the second half.

Carrier Neutral

Giving choice means being completely carrier neutral in our service offering. We can offer services from hundreds of local carriers. This means that we can maintain a clear communication path from our customer to the supplier and can keep a customer much better informed about the service purchased.

Frictionless

The combined power of our full feature portal, fanatical support staff, carrier neutral services and flexible offering, means we offer customers fluent and frictionless access to global connectivity.

Why you?

The reason I got so excited for starting this company, is that I feel I can use all aspects of my experience working on many sides of the networking business. I can learn a lot from the developers that are currently working extremely hard to have our MVP finished as soon as possible so we can start our beta programs later this year. On the other hand I can re-use much of the knowledge I gained working for a VAR, Cisco and Juniper and use that to build the right tool to solve global connectivity challenges.

I honestly have never felt more excited about my work and I look forward to share that with you on this blog!

If you’d like to stay updated on the progress GNX is making or if you want to get in touch with us, visit our website: https://gnx.net

Rick Mur

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Why leave a vendor job….twice?

Over the past few months I’ve been working hard on my new start-up company PeakFactory, it’s going really well, but for this post I want to focus on the reason why I chose to leave the companies I used to work for. I thought this was relevant, as many people have asked me why, but also in general there is a lot of discussion how to advance your career in different directions.

Why leave a comfortable and good job at all?

Back in 2013 I was working in a very good position, where I had a lot of freedom in choosing the customers I’d like to work on and was involved in all technical aspects of a project (pre-sales, proof of concepts, implementation and support). Still I had this feeling that I wanted to explore more an different areas for a wider audience. Which is why I decided to start working for a networking vendor. My main reason for choosing a vendor is that I could leverage my experience in the technology and apply it for a wider audience (maybe even worldwide)

Why work for Cisco and Juniper?

In early 2014 I got in touch with Cisco and I left my other job. I was very excited to start learning so much more about the technology and talking to customers across Europe about it. It turned out that adapting to the new ways of working, was very difficult. As a native Dutch person, I tend to have difficulty accepting authority and when you work in such a large company, there are rules to play by. This, combined with a more stricter definition of my job (pre-sales), made me never feel comfortable in the job. I never really decided to leave, until I was approached by Juniper only 2 months in my new job. I made a switch, which nobody really understood. Why work for a smaller company, when you just started working for a larger well respected company? To me it was quite clear. I like working from a position, where I have to convince people to look at alternative solutions to a given problem. You could also say I like working from an underdog position and prove to still win. Either way, I had a great time expanding my experience at Juniper.

Then why leave again? I thought this is what you wanted?

This was indeed what I wanted, but both my dad and granddad are/were entrepreneurs and I always felt the desire to have my own company as well. I’ve always worked as if my job was my own company and so it made sense to pursue this when the opportunity came.

Turning 30

I’ve worked full-time in companies on network infrastructure since I was 19. Turning 30 made me realize that if I wanted to make a switch and pursue own projects, this was the time. Combined with an opportunity to start PeakFactory with others, where I feel that our skill sets compliment each other in all aspects. Starting PeakFactory and working full-time on projects that you are almost solely responsible for is another challenging task that I have never had. Over the past few months I have learned more than ever before, but this time not 100% technology. I’ve learned about myself, how to get from nothing to something, how to sell/market new ideas to potential customers, how much is needed to be able to create a new product or service to the market and so much more. Making the decision to work full-time on my own ideas, has been the greatest jump I have ever made in ‘learning’.

The future

Nobody knows what future brings, but I’m sure I’ll keep looking for new and exciting opportunities to explore new ideas and learn more about anything. Where and how you can do this, depends on which surrounding you need to be able to achieve your goals. To conclude I’d like to say that it is very important to always keep exploring and keep asking questions to yourself if you are still in love with what you do every day.

Rick Mur

The Double Switch

It’s been a very long time since I last wrote anything on my blog. Since that last post, so many things have changed that it’s really time to shed some light on these things. A lot of people have been asking me regarding my recent job changes, so I figured it was time to clearify this a bit.

Every year on New Year’s Eve I set a number of goals for the next year, these are usually business related and not to quit smoking since I never did that in the first place 🙂

This year I set the goal of finding the next challenge in my career, by the end of last year I moved to a pre sales role at a VAR. Since I’ve been working there for a little over 5 years, the role actually didn’t change much about my daily job. I was still supporting a lot of the post sales activities and was involved in support cases, while my role was meant to be something really different. As I was also the only technical guy in the team with Service Provider and Data Center focus I figured it was time for a change. I decided that I wanted to find an exciting new challenge outside of Telindus that gave me a surrounding of equal technical people driven to find the best solution for their customer. I also wanted to be more close to the “source” in my field, which is the reason I started looking at roles at vendors.

Cisco

I found a great role inside Cisco’s Global Enterprise Theater. This team consists of highly skilled sales and technical people around the world serving the worlds largest global enterprises. I got accepted into a team serving only 1 (very big) client. My colleagues were great and I traveled a lot throughout Europe talking about data center solutions. Although I never had the “awesome” feeling. For some reason this job never “clicked”.

Juniper

On my second day at Cisco I got a call from someone I know inside Juniper. He happily told me that he was the SE manager for a newly formed team inside the EMEA North organization of Juniper. He felt that I was a perfect fit for the role as it consisted of hosting/cloud providers, local ISPs and large enterprise data center customers. Of course I just started at Cisco so I thanked him for his interest. After months he contacted me again that they were not able to find a suited candidate for the role. After a long thought I agreed to meet with the team. As soon as I walked into the Juniper office I somehow felt home. I met everyone on the team and had interviews for 6 hours straight. My manager told me that I would hear from him about the outcome of the day. When I was driving home he already called me and told they were going to send me an offer as soon as possible. That was an amazing feeling of course. I immediately felt connected with the team and was so excited!

First few weeks

I’m writing this blog after being at Juniper now for a few weeks and I have to say it’s one of the best experiences ever. It’s exactly what I would’ve thought of it! I’m dealing with great projects at major customers. I’m developing a demo setup on about every new piece of technology both in software and products Juniper has and I’m dealing with a super flexible organization that requires some self learning, but also gives you so much freedom in choosing the work that you pursue as long as your customers benefit. I’m currently typing this on a flight to San Francisco for my new hire training in Sunnyvale and I’m so excited to meet a lot of the smart people that I’m already in touch with discussing solutions for my customers.

Quick

Moving away from Cisco after only a few months was a really hard decision. It really turns out to be one of the best decisions of my career. The reason I still decided to do it, was that I followed my heart. “It somehow already knows what you want to become, have the courage to follow it” is one of Steve Jobs’s famous quotes and that is exactly what I did in this case.

Blog

Apart from a brand new design and hosting the blog again. Be prepared for finally some technical blogging again! It’s been ages since I last did that, but in my current role I’m able to work on solutions that translate very well into blogs. I’ll be blogging on exciting Data Center evolutions, features and technologies that I’m working on. That of course will have a ton of SDN, NFV and DC Fabric goodness in it!

Stay tuned!

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