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The Need For Speed: Joe Gibbs Racing And Juniper Networks Team Up To Win
Mar 8, 2016

In the sport of racing, success is a lot like networking. Winning requires not only fine-tuned performance for speed, strength, and efficiency, but also the analytics and automated reflexes to be agile to execute in the exact moment of need. For instance, turns reward the most technical in skill. Turns are where you take calculated risks that position you for breakaways. When milliseconds matter, turns count for everything. That’s why a world-class racer, much like your network, has to constantly think ahead and mentally take the next few turns in advance.


Juniper Networks #19 racecar driven by Daniel SuárezJuniper Networks #19 racecar driven by Daniel SuárezThis Saturday, Juniper Networks will be speeding around the Phoenix International Raceway on the hood of the No. 19 Toyota Camry driven by 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year Daniel Suárez. This weekend kicks off an eight-race sponsorship with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and signals a continued collaboration into the 2016 race season.


Juniper won’t just be on the car, we’ll be powering the JGR team network as well. In a sport that is measured in milliseconds, every competitive advantage makes a difference. Having a reliable high-speed network to deliver real-time racing analytics simultaneously to the track crew and to engineers in a data center hundreds of miles away gives the team a huge advantage.


In my last blog, I wrote about the role big data and analytics played in the Super Bowl. For JGR, the network is a powerful tool delivering big data that helps them adjust mechanics in the racecar and fine-tune driving strategy at trackside. This is why their network needs to work without any complications. There are also strict rules as to how long the team can practice on the track. Therefore every second matters, and the team cannot afford to have network issues hinder their success. Further complicating things, the network operates on mobile trucks that are turned off each night and booted back up the next morning. The IT staff arrives during a pre-defined window of time and must get the network running each day to make sure everyone else involved is productive. Like a pit crew, every moment counts. There is no tolerance for wasting time on network outages and troubleshooting issues. In this unique and unforgiving environment, our team at Juniper Networks, with the help of partner Structured Communication Systems, Inc., was up to the test to deliver our innovative network infrastructure for on- and off-track success.


Joe Gibbs Racing Juniper Networks Racecar Timelapse.gifJGR’s data center network includes several key components of the Juniper Networks® MetaFabric™ architecture. The team deployed a highly scalable solution with Juniper Networks QFX5100 and EX4300 switches with Virtual Chassis (VC) as well as EX3300 switches, which reduce network complexity to increase flexibility and lower resource consumption. To avoid network downtime issues, JGR also implemented Junos® Space to automate the management of its Juniper switching and security products.


With Juniper Networks gear now being utilized in JGR’s North Carolina headquarters and trackside each weekend, the cutting-edge team is able to focus on what they do best and chase their next race victory.

We wish Daniel Suárez and the rest of the JGR team the best of luck in the upcoming races this weekend in Phoenix and throughout the rest of their 2016 race season!


This blog was the first of a two-part series highlighting the Juniper-JGR collaboration. View the second blog, “Juniper Gear Trackside: An Interview with Joe Gibbs Racing CTO Jim Foley.”

Mar 8, 2016
Cameron C

Awesome! GO JGR! Go Strucutred! Go Juniper!