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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Cisco Live 2012 San Diego

That was it! My work life has an absolute peak every year and that’s when I’m again fortunate enough to visit Cisco Live in the US. This year it was held in San Diego, California.
I flew in on Saturday with 2 colleagues on LA and drove to San Diego after a quick tour around Sunset Boulevard 😉

We stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, which is a hotel I can truly recommend when visiting San Diego. Services were good and staff was helpful!

My focus this year was to combine both Datacenter and Service Provider sessions as those are the fields I’m active in. I found that the SP related sessions had a quite smaller crowd attending them. I guess this is related as the SP customers are considered important customers and get a lot more attention from Cisco people, so they already know what to expect in terms of roadmap and technologies. Still I had quite some very good sessions where I learnt about the features (and limitations) about some cool new things 🙂

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