Cloud Backup is the Smart Move for F1 Racing!

by Patrick Redknap on March 4, 2013

Anyone who knows me knows that my top 2 passions are virtualization and F1 racing.

This weekend I was lucky enough to be in Barcelona for the F1 racing tests and got to see first hand the amazing set-up of technology that Infiniti-Red-Bull Racing have in the garage/paddock.

I couldn’t take any pics in the garage as it’s a “no camera” zone, but it was evident that everything there was top of the range and built to meticulously streamline a process. Much like their car!

A modern F1 car is fitted with about 130 sensors, which send enough information to fill a small filing cabinet by the end of a two hour race via a radio aerial fitted to the car.

All teams are required to use technology developed by McLaren, which cuts costs and enables the governing body – the FIA – to more easily detect banned devices. The tech is called an ECU I believe, and is the industry standard tech for gathering data from a race car!

Teams typically collect approx 27 terabytes of data during a single race. This is then relayed via satellite to the team headquarters where real-time simulations and further development is run.

Now the fact that this was testing and they are usually running 150% of race distance for 4 days straight means that we are talking about A LOT of data and considering it is gathered from a mobile site where most units are housed on the back of trucks with generators for power (in some cases) there needs to be an infrastructure in place to make sure that this data is backed up at all costs!

This is why all the teams are at testing! THE DATA!

Infiniti-Red-Bull’s setup was impressive and reflected the highest level on investment for an infrastructure that deals with these huge amounts of data gathered from a remote site.

My first hand look saw that all data gathered from race testing is sent to a mobile analysis building they call “The Treehouse” (it’s on stilts) and then sent directly to their data analysis centre at their headquarters in Milton Keynes.

When it comes to backup i’d imagine that a set-up like this would obviously use offsite tape back- up and uses (or should certainly consider using) backup to cloud storage.

This is why products like PHD Virtual 6.2 with Cloudhook are vital to companies like Red Bull wanting to stay ahead of the curve compared to rivals. Particularly in a highly competitive market.

To summarize PHD Virtual Backup 6.2, it is the first and only virtual data protection solution to offer a seamless and painless link to cloud storage for backup, archiving and disaster recovery (DR). Using PHD’s award-winning virtual backup appliance (VBA) in combination with our unique CloudHook technology, only PHD Virtual delivers the absolute best value in affordable, easy, flexible and secure cloud backup for small and mid-sized businesses

I put together this “hypothetical” model of how it could work!

(please note that this is not how Infiniti-Red-Bull do their backups…. just one way they COULD do it!)

The only thing that really needs to be taken into consideration here is bandwidth, as this will affect the speed at which you can back up to the the cloud. In this particular instance I don’t think that will be an issue though as i’m faily certain the Infiniti Red Bull HQ has about 10,000 dedicated fibre lines!
And if they don’t…. they should!!!! :)

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