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Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:23

Lotus F1 overhauls IT system in preparation for 2014

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The Lotus F1 Team has determined that a complete overhaul of its IT infrastructure – both trackside and at its Enstone, UK, headquarters – is going to be necessary to meet the 2014 new F1 regulations challenge, while also generating new sources of competitive advantage.

It will see it adopt a range of Private Cloud technologies, enabling more agile and cost-efficient storage, management and protection of information. The complex network of more than 200 sensors generating in excess of 25 megabytes of data per lap for each car, the ability to collect, make readily available in a cloud-like manner and quickly analyse these massive amounts of Big Data has emerged as a key competitive differentiator.

The team will deploy a VCE Vblock System – integrating best-in-class compute, network, and storage technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware – at its Enstone data centre to underpin its Computer-Aided Design (CAD) program and its Microsoft Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution.

EMC will also deploy its EMC Atmos object-based cloud storage platform to store, archive and access the Lotus F1 Team's unstructured content at scale; EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems to  enable fast backup and recovery of the factory's information estate; and its Cloud Tiering Appliance to ensure the secure and efficient tiering of the Team's CAD files before they are moved to the cloud – key to reclaiming valuable primary storage space, lower operating costs and reducing backup requirements.

In order to facilitate secure CAD file-sharing and collaboration between the Team and its partners, Lotus F1 Team will also be using EMC's Syncplicity enterprise file sync and share solution and Documentum Information Rights Management (IRM) technology which tracks and protects documents, messages and attachments while in transit, at rest and after delivery. At the trackside, a second VCE Vblock System, incorporating EMC’s award-winning VNX solution, will be deployed to support the Team’s virtual desktop infrastructure as well as its on-track applications.

As part of a four-year deal, EMC will gain unrivalled access to the GENII Business Exchange platform –Lotus F1 Team's elite group of IT and Technical Partners –in addition to a range of global hospitality and incentive packages.

“In today's Formula 1, technology is critical to producing a winning car, “said Patrick Louis, Chief Executive Officer, Lotus F1 Team. “If we're going to do that in 2014 – and ultimately challenge for the World Championship – we need the best IT resources available, and that is why we have chosen EMC. This is another step forwards for Lotus F1 Team as we transform how we deliver our IT services at both Enstone and trackside locations throughout the world. By providing converged infrastructure and cloud-ready technology, EMC will help us accelerate our journey to the cloud – and to success on the track.”

“Today, Lotus F1 Team is a title contender and our target is very clear: to be World Champions in 2015,” said Jeremy Burton, executive vice president, product operations &mMarketing, EMC Corporation. “We need strong partners to reach that target, and EMC is one such partner. EMC provides us with the best hardware, software, security, reliability and availability. These will be key factors in us being successful in our venture to build a winning car and to becoming world champions.

“The 2014 season will see a raft of rule changes and a revolution in the way Formula 1 cars are designed and built. With the emphasis on greater aerodynamic efficiency and a 35% reduction in fuel consumption, the technical director's challenge is greater than ever and EMC is delighted to have joined Lotus F1 Team's portfolio of Technical Partners. EMC will work with the Team to enable secure and efficient management of its design and development data, as well as the Team's on-track applications.”

William Kimberley

Editorial Director

One of the most popular and experienced people in the business. William entered publishing in 1970 as Editor withTerence Dalton Ltd and went on to become Editorial Director when he joined Dalton Watson in 1978. In 1982 he established Kimberley's Publishers specialising in motoring and motor racing publications including Kimberley's Grand Prix Team Guides. On selling the company to Haynes Publishers in 1988, William joined Motor Sport as Assistant Editor, subsequently becoming Deputy Editor. In September 1991 he moved on to World Sports Cars as Deputy Editor and in January 1992 became the Editor of Ferrari and Italian Cars, published by the same company. A year later William launched the monthly magazine British Cars, and then became Editor of Country Cars in 1995.

Between 1996 and 2005, he was the Editor of Automotive Engineer, published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE) in which time he also won the Jet Media Excellent Award for technical writing (1996) and the Special Delphi award for technical publishing (1999). In 2006 William joined Racecar Graphic, as Editor of the technology led motorsport monthly magazine RACE TECH and has since launched its motorcycle equivalent Moto Techand a quarterly Aerodynamics magazine Bernoulli. In conjunction with the publisher Soheila Kimberley, who is also his wife, together they also organise the RACE TECH World Motorsport Symposium which is in its sixth year. As the only event of its kind organised for engineers in industry, it has been hailed as the 'Davos of Motorsport'.

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