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GP Week : Issue 209
F1 >>> FEATUrE earlier this year I attended the eMC World Conference in Las Vegas. While roaming around the pavilion, I noticed a Team Lotus F1 race car. As I marvelled at the e21, as I do each time I’m up-close and personal with an F1 car, I was struck by an idea – why not take my experience in the IT field and marry it with my passion for Formula One? each time I’m in the F1 paddock, I’m in awe over the efforts and technologies required to simply pick up and move this wonderful circus around the globe, never mind the actual operation of the race cars. Rarely however, do we ever get an insight on the other side of the technology that keeps this sport moving at the speed of the times. Lotus’ account manager at eMC, Jonathan Keighley, agreed to answer a few technical questions with regards to how eMC helps empower the Lotus F1 team from the Information Technology perspective. GPWeeK: Technology is a massive ingredient to the formula of F1’s success. More than just the bits on the car, there are so many components used both at headquarters and trackside. What eMC gear is normally found trackside typically? Does it change for fly-away races? JONATHAN KEIGHLEY: In partnership with VCE, EMC has successfully implemented and continue to support a VBLOCK at the trackside for Lotus F1 Team. VBLOCK is a converged architecture consisting of storage and provisioning from EMC, switches and servers from Cisco and VMware virtualization software running on the servers. The VBLOCK is pre-architected and does not change in its setup per race; however the workloads that are required from the VBLOCK change in regards to Lotus F1 Team’s requirements. It provides a powerful platform for the running of workloads such as data analysis. The simplified architecture improves the automation and orchestration of workloads as well as a reduction in the space, power and cooling required at trackside to run the equipment. Is data replicated from trackside to headquarters synchronously via Recover Point or do you use a virtual appliance to mimic a physical appliance? Data is currently replicated between the trackside environments and the datacentres using a third-party application. Syncplicity provides the Lotus F1 Team with secure file transfer internally (within Enstone) and externally between third- part suppliers/partners – not between trackside and the datacentres. eMC has an impressive variety of technologies under its corporate umbrella including VMWare, Networker, Avamar, Data Domain, Atmos and Mozy Pro to name just a few – can you share with us what eMC technologies are provided to eMC’s F1 program and give us a brief description of how each of them are applied? Vblock – Utilised within the datacentre and trackside environments providing converged and standardised compute, storage, network and virtualisation technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware. Vblock systems provide the core compute and storage capacity that underpins the various IT services being delivered. Data Domain – Provides the Lotus F1 Team with the ability to backup and archive data within the datacentre environments. Atmos/Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA) – Atmos is used to provide Lotus with a Cloud storage tier. Used in conjunction with the Cloud Tiering Appliance, Atmos provide the team with the ability to tier their data based upon policy. ViPR SRM – Provides the Lotus F1 Team with the ability to monitor and report on all aspects of the IT infrastructure environment from a single console. ABOVe Jonathan Keighley is Lotus' account manager at EMC 23 GPWEEK.com // 23 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: