Earlier this week, Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Juniper Networks announced an eight-race sponsorship, beginning this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The curiously innovative collaboration also included Structured Communication Systems, Inc. The latest Juniper switching, security and automation solutions were installed into JGR’s headquarters in North Carolina and into two mobile network trucks for the team’s trackside operations.
Big data and analytics are game changers. I connected with Jim Foley, chief technology officer at Joe Gibbs Racing, to discuss the implementation of Juniper Networks gear into JGR’s operations and to get an inside look on how the deployment has changed things for the team in 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.