Brandon Ross has over 20 years of senior, technical management experience in network engineering for leading organizations such as Comcast, the University of Florida, Internap, MindSpring, NetRail, Sockeye Networks and Xiocom.
Since 2010, Brandon has lead network engineering teams focusing on architecture, design, deployment and training for enterprise, research and education, and international service provider networks.
In 2011, Brandon founded Network Utility Force, an advanced network engineering and professional services company, comprised of highly experienced network and security architects, aimed at addressing complex, mission critical networks. He presently serves as the company’s CEO and Chief Network Architect, where he has led the deployment of diverse and secure solutions for wired and wireless networks utilizing a variety of technologies, including: BGP, DNS, DWDM, IPv6, Microwave, MPLS, SDN and WiFi.
Mr. Ross has a B.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Florida. Additionally, he is an active participant in the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG), the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), and plays an integral role as team lead for InteropNet, which supports the Interop trade show. Mr. Ross is a certified IPv6 Forum Gold level engineer.
Jim graduated Magna Cum Laude and with Honors from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in French. Shortly after graduating, he founded Cloudnet, the first local ISP in central Minnesota, and was the principal network and systems administrator. Jim moved to Seattle to work for Internap, where he led the buildout of several data center POPs around the U.S and internationally, then moved on to a network architecture role. Then he moved to Nokia and helped Cingular, T-Mobile and others in migrations to IP networks. Next up was a stint at Packet Design, helping Service Provider, Enterprise and Government customers with analysis of their routing protocols and traffic. Most recently, Jim has been doing requirement gathering, architecture and deployment consulting work for enterprises, service providers and government clients.
Erik Muller brings over 20 years of service provider industry experience to Network Utility Force. Erik started his career at UC Berkeley, when he worked as a volunteer for the Open Computing Facility - a student-operated and funded computer center that provided free computer and Internet access, instruction, and consulting to approximately 10,000 users within the UCB campus community. As Site Manager, Erik was responsible for training and overseeing a volunteer staff of 25 people, setting up hardware and handling migration planning as well as managing every day system administration duties.
In 1996, Erik joined Netcom, starting in the NOC and progressing through several engineering and operational roles to become Sr. Network Architectural Engineer following a merger with ICG. Some notable accomplishments during his tenure there included: developing and implementing the first nationwide voice over IP network, planning the migration of a mixed ATM/Frame-relay core network to an ATM based MPLS network using Cisco routers and switches, planning and implementing several new carrier-class points of presence, and providing third-tier ongoing support to operational groups in support of international customer base.
In 1999, Erik left ICG Netcom to work for Internap as a Network Architect. He gained extensive experience in the design, operations, and management of large-scale networks, VoIP, BGP, the service provider peering ecosystem, routing optimization, IPv6 deployment, and CDNs and distributed application infrastructure. He has also worked through many M&A activities focused on integrating infrastructure and business processes.
In 2010, Erik joined Torrey Point Group. As a Network Architect, Erik focused on network design, providing operational support tools and processes, management system integration, and standards implementation and interoperability, while continuing to be active in the NANOG, ARIN, and IETF communities.
In December of 2011, Erik and several partners formed a new consulting organization, Network Utility Force, dedicated to delivering high caliber network and security services.
Erik has experience with equipment from a variety of vendors, including Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Foundry/Brocade, A10, Adva Optical, and Arista Networks.
With over 15 years of network engineering for Tier 1 and 2 service providers and global enterprises, Michael is an expert in network architecture, design, routing and switching.
Additionally, Michael has significant experience with Brocade, Cisco, Fortinet, Juniper, Riverbed and several other OEMs, and has deployed a variety of network solutions, including: BGP, DNS, IPv6, load balancing, MPLS, SAN, SDN, Security, VPN and WAN.
Michael graduated from Georgia State University where he received a degree in computer science, concentrating on Networks and Parallel and Distributed Computing.
Tim Brown has been involved in internetwork engineering and operations since 1995, originally serving as a support engineer in small ISPs in the midwest. His experience since then has included a variety of technical and management roles at companies involved in digital music distribution, OEMs such as Cisco Systems, a variety of VARs and distributors, hosting and Internet service providers and consulting.
During his most recent tenure at Cisco, Tim spoke at and managed tracks for Cisco Live for video, core routing and switching, and security, assisted in worldwide SE education through the SEVT program, performed network and security engineering and presales support for AT&T Wireless, and handled a diverse global customer base. Tim was involved in presales engineering, consultative support, and network and security architecture for eight of the Top 10 global telecoms.
His consulting experience includes several notable engagements, including application delivery architecture for a top 10 US airline, security engineering and architecture for a large institutional investor, work at several major retail banks both private and public, and handling data center consolidations for large enterprise customers in oil and gas, finance, and healthcare.
His current role is in managing the security and virtualization practice for Network Utility Force, where his generalist background is of the most use.