Harry Carr, President and CEOThe times have galvanized us to be instant gratification people,” exclaims Harry Carr, a technology aficionado, who has been donning the hat of a serial entrepreneur. For Harry Carr, the CEO and President, Bay Microsystems, it is still puzzling to discern that he had successfully walked past the times when technology was still in its rudimentary stages. Fresh out of college, Carr started his career with AT&T, and gradually rose to influence, when he was designated to head the company’s defense markets as its Vice President in 1992. “I’ve travelled a lot in my life, and it was not a pleasant task, to be cut off from the entire community, be it work or personal,” he says. For a very long time, distance and bandwidth have always been barring the ability to effectively stay informed and in the loop of communication. Carr postulates, “At its core, the rule of thumb is applicable to running businesses as well; whether it is B2B or B2C, the end customer aspires to be served ‘instantaneously.’ ”
However, data is no longer in the same order of magnitude as it was, a few years back, and the advent of ‘big data’ has evidently raised the bar for enterprises to convey information. Organizations are hailing trucks for carrying tons of storage disks and it takes as long as 12 hours to reach their destination. In September 2015, at a typical Silicon Valley conference, a delegate from Google had spurred the elephant in the room when he illustrated that networking is becoming a bottleneck within the data center. Interestingly, though, everyone knows that networking has been the problem between and among data centers and distributed compute and storage. At that point, Bay Microsystems was already knee-deep, making headway in translating ‘networking’ into a part of the solution. Harry Carr’s experience and background in the networking sector did not fail to seize the opportunity laid in front of him. “It was then, that I knew, Bay Microsystems was where I wanted to be,” he remarks.
As an enterprise, Bay Microsystems has been breaking ground in the field of big data solutions and management, combining the realms of compute, networking, and storage and integrating it into the same platform. “The technology and solutions that we provide allows customers to access, analyze and work with big data, regardless of geographical locations,” Carr explains. “The data may reside hundreds or even thousands of miles away and the user can still access it as if it was being sourced from within their local storage.”
Vans to WANs:
Bay Microsystems caters to a wide range of customers from life sciences to financial services domains and has predominantly been working on a number of U.S. government projects. Notably, federal institutions encompassing a widespread consumer base such as an entire country, state, or a city, have data sources strewn across various repositories and data centers. Of all the possible challenges, Carr identifies data migration, data access and manipulation, to be causing significant problems for prospective adopters. Once a commercial customer had two major data centers inside the country and they had hired utility vans to haul the storage disks across borders, before Carr’s team interjected with a simpler and cost-effective solution. Using a WAN (Wide Area Network), Bay Microsystems had facilitated the movement of data within minutes, greatly eliminating the expenditure on logistics, and more importantly, reducing the time span.
With main focus on connecting fragmented datasets, Carr says that Bay Microsystems’ products and solutions achieve that in real-time, over fiber networks, satellite networks and also an upcoming scope for wireless networks.
The trick is to find a win-win solution, and that takes a persistent and fair-minded entrepreneurship
MDX (Max Data Xchange) is an integrated solution that provides a unified, location-agnostic and application-independent data transmission and access. A first-generation convergence solution, MDX’s embedded technology creates a storage overlay, where the network capability extends the fabric natively. The powerful plug-and-play solution is lightweight and can be easily deployed to reap faster time-to-market for its customers.
Clearing the Field:
Carr sheds more light on the practical application and impact of the MDX product as he elucidates the customer success story of National Football League (NFL), the global franchise Sports and Entertainment Company. NFL initially approached Bay Microsystems for its reliable and comprehensive ability to create ‘instant’ backup for their master replication site. Two key locations—Atlanta, GA and Stamford, CT were connected over a 1Gbps optical link. While the Atlanta site served as the primary control center for collecting, modifying, and broadcasting live media feeds, the Stamford site was assigned as the back-up site for business continuity and disaster recovery. Problems arose when channel operators had to wait for individual files to be copied from Atlanta to Stamford, copy the files again into the designated workstation directories, and then recopy them for backup. Bay Microsystems’ innovative solution formed the transformational piece in their operation workflow puzzle. “MDX allows up to 95 percent utilization of available bandwidth, and with that NFL was able to move hours-worth of programming in under four minutes,” beams Carr.
On the other hand, the IBEx InfiniBand and Ethernet product family comprises of fabric extension gear, based on proprietary packet and transport processing technology that transfers data with a connection speed of up to 40 Gbps and soon 100 Gbps. Very similar to the devices used internally within data centers today, these devices have the added advantage of being protocol-agnostic and support connectivity over great distances. “We can’t change the transmission latency, which is a matter of physics,” states Carr. “We actually account for the latency and manage the data streams appropriately, so as to provision a sustained, lossless, deterministic high throughput.”
With more and more data centers becoming defunct, organizations are realizing the potential of big data and with it comes an assortment of implementation, operational, and performance challenges. “The trick is to find a win-win solution, and that takes a persistent and fair-minded entrepreneurship, which will duly benefit your customer as well as your organization,” Carr notes. In the light of recent years, Harry Carr has emerged as a striking serial entrepreneur, having been a leader in companies like AT&T, Yurie Systems, Lucent Technologies, Tellium, Simpler Networks, and Compass Networks in times of flourish and despair. Under his refined and seasoned leadership, Bay Microsystems is pushing the envelope with its strong suit in R&D, promising innovative wireless movements in big data management.