Red Bull racing team gets a boost with new storage system

The Red Bull Formula One racing team says it has boosted its IT capacity and performance with a new data storage system.

Red Bull Technology, the company that designs, engineers and builds the chassis for the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, has deployed an HP 3PAR storage platform.

Red Bull Technology worked with HP infrastructure specialist OCSL to deploy a flexible and scalable system to increase storage capacity and eliminate bottlenecks that were slowing applications.

Matt Cadieux, chief information officer (CIO) at Red Bull Technology, said: “Our new storage system enables the team to get the most out of critical engineering, manufacturing and trackside applications, which are vital to improving the performance of our cars."

Cadieux added: "HP has also future-proofed the system by providing us with the scalability to handle desktop virtualisation and more complex simulations over the next two years."

Red Bull Technology’s structured data is now held on the HP 3PAR system for analysis to support decisions from chassis design to race strategy. Tiered storage in each chassis ensures that the most active data is rapidly accessible, while HP "adaptive optimisation software" provides the team with autonomic storage tiering to increase agility and minimise operational risks, said Red Bull.

Dual-redundant storage systems in Red Bull Technology’s two data centres provide a mirrored system between sites for full disaster recovery. In addition, provisioning software allows Red Bull Technology to manage storage capacity upgrades in line with actual usage.

Last month rival Formula One team McLaren said it was using SAP’s in-memory HANA technology to try and scale back on using “expensive PhD” skills within the group’s racing teams.

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