F1 is a data-driven sport, since teams rely on real-time information to make enhancements to cars and in-race strategies. Data is one of the Sauber F1 Team's greatest competitive advantages. The team gathers and analyzes data nearly around the clock, either from the cars as they race around the track or from wind tunnel testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations at the team's headquarters in Hinwil, Switzerland. The Sauber F1 Team leverages a FlexPod data centre solution, jointly developed by Cisco and NetApp, and a NetApp MetroCluster solution for the reliability, simplicity, efficiency, and high availability required to help fuel the Sauber F1 Team's success.
"Every single team in F1 pushes their cars to the absolute limit, which means the margin for success is razor thin", stated Monisha Kaltenborn, CEO and team principal, Sauber Motorsport AG. "Given the level of resources that other teams have to work with, we know we have to think and act differently if we want to challenge for the F1 world championship. A lot of people think speed and agility only apply to the cars on the track, but in our case its imperative for our IT infrastructure as well. NetApp gives us an IT foundation that can keep pace with the intense nature of our sport and help us accelerate innovation within our cars to make the Sauber F1 Team the best it can be."
A behind-the-numbers look at how the Sauber F1 Team leverages NetApp includes:
Magnus Frey,head of IT, Sauber Motorsport AG, stated: "NetApp delivers a level of reliability across the board to the Sauber F1 Team that is critical to our teams success. We have never once experienced a failure with our FlexPod solution or an outage with our MetroCluster solution. If either of these solutions went down for any period of time it would be a catastrophe for us, severely limiting our ability to safely operate the car let alone optimize it for speed. NetApp provides such a key component to our team's success that we look at them not only as a technology partner but as an integral member of our team."
Jay Kidd, chief technology officer, NetApp, stated: "The Sauber F1 Team's ability to harness and analyze incredible amounts of data and quickly turn it into a competitive advantage speaks volumes to the impact the right storage foundation can have. Building on NetApp has helped drive the Sauber F1 Team's success on the track and will continue to enable a level of car design innovation that will make them a strong contender for more podium finishes in the future."