by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 209
EMC VPLEX – Provides continuous availability and data mobility between the two datacentres. Syncplicity – Provides secure file transfer and synchronisation internally within the Lotus F1 Team and externally between third-party suppliers/partners. EMC Data Protection Advisor – Provides end-to-end visibility of the data protection environment in terms of monitoring, analysis and reporting. Many may believe that because the technology is used in such an elite sport such as Formula One, that it may not be feasible for smaller budget enterprises. That’s not the case at all though given technologies such as virtualization, deduplication and snapshots, the overall benefits of which considerably reduce the amount of physical infrastructure and therefore physical and carbon footprint as well as cost. How have these technologies helped Lotus with their technical requirements? One of the most compelling reasons companies of all sizes partner with EMC is due to our breadth of products and services that are not only complementary to each other but can also be tailored to fit the size of requirement demanded from them. EMC prides itself on giving our customer options; understanding a customer’s business needs and objectives and mapping them to technology that is tailored to bring them true value. Whether you are a Formula 1 Team or small law firm the ability to reduce cost is paramount – embracing new technologies that can reduce physical infrastructure will inevitably deliver cost reduction and in an ever conscientious society also their impact on the environment. With the introduction of VBLOCK into the Lotus F1 Team they saw double the performance and double the capacity within the same DC footprint. The reduced power consumption and size of their trackside VBLOCK also allows them to consume less and deliver more, whether that be transportation costs or footprint within the pit garage. How do eMC and Lotus tackle critical issues like uptime/high availability and redundancy? Clearly high availability and resilience of the IT infrastructure are of paramount importance to the Lotus F1 Team as any downtime can have a critical impact on the development of the car or in the case of trackside have a direct impact on the competitiveness of the car. As such the architecture has been designed in such a way that both datacentres are active with the ability to migrate workloads non-disruptively to cater for both planned and un-planned outages as well as ensuring that all resources are utilised effectively. Follow up question: what happens if a disc array were to fail trackside? Has eMC ever had to assist Lotus with recovering data? Each EMC VNX array has redundant components so that no single point of failure can cause the array to fail. In the case of trackside, a complete standby trackside environment is available if required. If a component fails, does the team carry hot spares or are they serviced by eMC support in the nations they are currently racing in? Component failure would be dealt with using a combination of both on-site spares and local EMC support depending upon the nature of the component failure. When traveling to different contents, there are different power requirements, how do you deal with the change in infrastructure between North America/ europe/Asia for instance? This is dealt with by the local infrastructure and facilities teams at each location. Does Lotus employ eMC staff to support the IT efforts trackside? At this stage no, but it is being currently considered with Lotus to ensure the partnership is followed through right from the factory through to trackside. What is your role and how do you help find the best eMC solutions for Lotus to use in this traveling circus. My role within EMC is the Account Manager for Lotus F1 Team. I have an extensive and credible team supporting all we do with Lotus F1 Team; from supporting the current infrastructure to growing the partnership further. An F1 Team is a complex place with unique requirements that are ever changing in such a fast paced world. As the partnership enters the second year we are still learning about the team, thinking you know all you can, would be a grave mistake. We aim to ever understand the challenges they have and how we can, through IT, give them competitive advantage. In essence I am responsible for leading and growing the EMC-Lotus F1 Team partnership; further developing the technical collaboration with the objective of ensuring the Lotus F1 Team gain competitive advantage. For Lotus F1 Team, the IT program is the foundation on which they have adapted to the 2014 regulation changes. We now have the building blocks in place in regards to infrastructure – now we can begin to build on this. F1 >>> FEATUrE 24 GPWEEK.com // 24 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: