Rishi Khan understands that every business thinks its information and systems are unique entities that must be given special, individualized treatment.
He also knows that those perceptions are often incorrect.
“People say to me, ‘My database is a snowflake. It has to be left alone,’” Khan says. “We help businesses figure out how to put their databases together.”
The president of Newark-based Extreme Scale Solutions, Khan is committed to helping customers standardize and combine their data into more manageable bundles that eliminate hardware, focus on best practices and allow for a much more streamlined approach to managing information and doing business.
Consider the company the digital equivalent of a closet organizer. Khan says that some companies can have tens of thousands of databases spread across hundreds of configurations, all of which function differently. That approach simply doesn’t allow for efficient operation. Extreme Scale Solutions works with companies to create systems that combine databases, eliminate duplication and clutter, and allow for a much more effective approach to information management.
“One of the things we help companies do is densify their infrastructures,” Khan says. “Instead of having 100 servers in their data center, we can bring that down to 15. We can work on policies of isolation and find which databases can live with other databases.”
A Delaware resident since he was two, Khan graduated from A.I. DuPont High School and earned an undergraduate degree in computer engineering from the University of Delaware. He completed a joint master’s program at UD and Thomas Jefferson University in computational biology. In 2014, he started Extreme Scale Solutions at the Emerging Enterprise Center in Wilmington, but moved to the University Office Plaza in Newark in February 2018.
The company began as primarily a service provider for its clients, devising ways for them to be more efficient. Now, Khan is leading Extreme Scale Solutions in a product-driven direction, by offering a platform that a company’s IT department can use to build a private cloud and to standardize and measure its large databases. He reports the company is working with two banks and has the goal of expanding into telecommunications and insurance.
“Our software allows an organization to standardize,” Khan says. “We’re not trying to standardize across industries, but we have a collection of best practices that we think work well.”
Ultimately, the goal is to help companies combine their many “snowflakes” into a more manageable package.