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How the Sauber F1 Team pushes the limits of speed and agility in the pinnacle of motorsports.

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  1. 1. Executive Summary Sauber F1 Team: Innovation at 200 mph0.001 Seconds: The Difference Between Winning “Reliability Is Absolutelyand Losing Paramount”—The FlexPodFormula One race cars are built for one thing: speed. The sport combines extreme Platformsports and the highest levels of technology to produce some of the fastest, most The FlexPod platform is more than justadvanced race cars in motorsports. the Sauber F1 Team’s mobile data center. It plays such a pivotal role that it’s like aCompetition is fierce. Only the top 10 in each race score points toward the member of the championship title. A position change in the world championship canimply a multi-million rise or drop in prize money. Sometimes more than FlexPod’s mobility, size, and high level of12 out of 24 cars are within 1 second of each other during qualifying rounds. integration make it less expensive to shipA mere millisecond—0.001 seconds—can mean the difference between victory compared to more traditional solutionsand defeat. and it can be set up and managed by one IT engineer at the racetrack. But it’s theEach time it’s on the track, the Sauber F1 Team collects and analyzes large reliability of the system that’s truly vital.amounts of data, searching for any opportunity to innovate and improve cardesign and racing strategies. The team relies on its NetApp® storage foundation “Reliability is absolutely paramount,”and other state-of-the-art technologies to make improvements to the car on the explains Magnus Frey, Head of IT attrack, between races, and throughout the off-season. Sauber Motorsport AG. “Without the system at the racetrack, almost nothingAt the racetrack, a FlexPod® system, featuring industry-leading technology from would happen. We would not even beNetApp and Cisco, allows the Sauber F1 Team to analyze data from the car’s able to safely start the car.”100 sensors. As the car races at speeds up to 220 mph, engineers at the track Each season, the FlexPod platform travelsanalyze the data in real time, coaching the driver to help him get the most with the team roughly 100,000 miles,performance out of his car. Depending on the course and the conditions, that operating from 19 different countriesmight mean braking later or accelerating earlier out of a corner. “If the FlexPod fails around the world. Along the way, it facesduring the race,” says Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering at Sauber extreme conditions, which can go fromMotorsport AG, “we would be completely blind. You’d go back in time to when freezing temperatures in the air tothe driver was doing it alone.” 100º Fahrenheit on the ground. ContinuedBetween races, on-track testing is not allowed, so the Sauber F1 Team reliesentirely on its data. The team uses NetApp MetroCluster™ software at itsheadquarters to manage and analyze data from the track, acquired throughcomputational fluid dynamics calculations, and wind tunnel testing. Weatherand track conditions vary at each race location, so the team uses the historicaldata, testing, and simulations to design what is effectively a new car for eachrace. The 99.999% availability of MetroCluster gives the team nonstop accessto the data it needs to find that one-millisecond advantage.As a privately funded team, the Sauber F1 Team competes against teams withmore resources and higher funding. But with NetApp, the Sauber F1 Team isleveling the playing field and laying the foundation for an agile data infrastructurethat will help keep them competitive for years to come. This has been the SauberF1 Team’s best season in years. After just 13 races, the team had already more “We have been punching abovethan doubled the number of world championship points it earned in 2011. our weight, and by improving“We have been punching above our weight,” explains Monisha Kaltenborn,CEO and Team Principal of Sauber Motorsport AG, “and by improving our agility our agility we have managedwe have managed to stay competitive.” to stay competitive.” Monisha Kaltenborn CEO and Team Principal Sauber Motorsport AG
  2. 2. “Reliability Is Absolutely Paramount” (Continued) Innovation at 200 MilesNearly every time the platform goes to Malaysia, the 100% humidity makes it per Hoursimilar to operating in a sauna. It gets bounced around in transit. And even gettingreliable power can be a challenge. But it always delivers. As Formula One regulations change, they pose new challenges for the SauberOnce it is on the ground, the FlexPod platform always starts at the push of a F1 Team’s engineers and create newbutton. “We put a lot of stress onto the system,” Frey says. “Reliability is very requirements for IT. With storageimportant, and you get that with FlexPod.” efficiency technologies from NetApp, the Sauber F1 Team was able to: • Accelerate innovation—with fewer The reliability of FlexPod is key to IT staff. Sauber’s success. Each year, the • Cut the footprint and power consump- FlexPod travels: tion of its mobile data center by 50%. 100,000 miles • Complete all major IT refreshes during To 19 countries a two-week period with zero downtime. To learn more about how Sauber leverages the agility enabled by its NetApp systems, read the technical case study by Magnus Frey, Head of IT at Sauber Motorsport AG.About Sauber F1 Team F1 Team marked its 20th season in theThe Sauber F1 Team competes in Formula Fédération Internationale de L’AutomobileOne racing, a March-to-November sea- (FIA) Formula One World Championship.sonal circuit of 20 three-day practice/ www.sauberf1team.comqualifying/race events at race tracks in About NetApp19 countries around the world. Sauber NetApp creates innovative storageMotorsport AG, headquartered in and data management solutions thatHinwil, Switzerland, employs some deliver outstanding cost efficiency and300 designers, engineers, and support accelerate business breakthroughs.staff. Another 100 full-time employees Discover our passion for helpingof suppliers and service providers in companies around the world gothe region depend for their livelihood further, faster at the company founded in 1970 byPeter Sauber. In 2012, the Sauber Go further, faster ® © 2012 NetApp, Inc. All rights reserved. No portions of this document may be reproduced without prior written consent of NetApp, Inc. Specifications are subject to change without notice. NetApp, the NetApp logo, Go further, faster, FlexPod, and MetroCluster are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetApp, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such. DS-3394-1112