Formula One relies on gifted drivers in peak physical condition, paired with advanced technology. In a sport where every hundredth of a second counts, decisions such as when to pit the car are crucial and require high tech sensors, linked to data centers that can process the information quickly.
F1 requires powerful and agile infrastructure. While some race teams still adopt cloud systems, other teams have harnessed hyperconverged infrastructure to make themselves as competitive as possible. In an industry where power and agility are a number one priority, is elite racing and virtual SANs a match made in heaven?
Why is software-defined storage perfect for F1?
- Lack of downtime – Highly available infrastructure is an absolute necessity in Formula 1 racing, downtime in data processing on the track would have truly disastrous consequences. Virtualizing the storage across two or more servers ensures a highly available system, which will never experience downtime.
- Flexible – Like many edge environments, on-track F1 analysis systems are reliant on high performance software. However, this does not mean that they need to invest in advanced hardware. Software-defined storage solutions have the potential to be hardware agnostic, providing highly available storage across ANY two servers and are flexible to changing capacity and performance needs, without impacting availability.
- Simple – In a sport that requires rigorous testing and development and relies on a perfectionist level of attention to detail, the last thing a team needs is to be constantly managing and adjusting their data processing systems. It needs to be simple to deploy, easy to manage, and reliable.
While F1 is not your typical edge environment – the required infrastructure is much more than the typical edge site, which processes far less data and has lower performance requirements – the deployment of HCI edge in elite level racing has demonstrated the scalability of edge computing, how it can be adopted to create highly available, lightweight storage, without having to rely on the cloud to manage the huge amounts of data produced at the track side.
In an era of marginal gains, creating a hyperconverged environment using software-defined storage could be the factor that gives Formula One race teams the edge over their competition.
StorMagic SvSAN is a perfect example of a highly available, lightweight, cost effective solution, which could transform the way a team processes data at the track. To find out more about how SvSAN could give your team the edge over the competition, check out the SvSAN Data Sheet. Alternatively, witness the software in action on a live demo by completing the form at the bottom of this page, or simply emailing [email protected]