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Sauber F1 Team Fuels Chase for Podium Finishes With NetApp

Sauber F1 Team Fuels Chase for Podium Finishes With NetApp Storage Foundation

NetApp Powers Real-Time Decision Making During Races, Enables 99%+ Availability in a Sport in Which Every Millisecond Counts

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 -- Formula One (F1) racing is a multibillion-dollar, global sport. Cars fly around the track at speeds of more than 200 mph, and races are often decided by mere milliseconds. So the smallest adjustment to the aerodynamic efficiency of a car can mean the difference between winning or finishing tenth. The Sauber F1 Team understands the importance of information technology (IT) to not only compete but thrive in the ultracompetitive F1. That's why the Sauber F1 Team turned to NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) as its storage foundation.

F1 is a data-driven sport, since teams rely on real-time information to make enhancements to cars and in-race strategies. Data is one of the Sauber F1 Team's greatest competitive advantages. The team gathers and analyzes data nearly around the clock, either from the cars as they race around the track or from wind tunnel testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations at the team's headquarters in Hinwil, Switzerland. The Sauber F1 Team leverages a FlexPod(R) data center solution, jointly developed by Cisco and NetApp, and a NetApp(R) MetroCluster(TM) solution for the reliability, simplicity, efficiency, and high availability required to help fuel the Sauber F1 Team's success.

Watch how the Sauber F1 Team innovates at 200 mph with NetApp.

"Every single team in F1 pushes their cars to the absolute limit, which means the margin for success is razor thin," said Monisha Kaltenborn, CEO and team principal, Sauber Motorsport AG. "Given the level of resources that other teams have to work with, we know we have to think and act differently if we want to challenge for the F1 world championship. A lot of people think speed and agility only apply to the cars on the track, but in our case it's imperative for our IT infrastructure as well. NetApp gives us an IT foundation that can keep pace with the intense nature of our sport and help us accelerate innovation within our cars to make the Sauber F1 Team the best it can be."

Sauber F1 Team Drives Innovation with NetApp Here's a behind-the-numbers look at how the Sauber F1 Team leverages NetApp.

--  For every lap the car makes, 100 individual sensors on the car produce
    20-30MB of data, of which 3-4MB are sent to the FlexPod platform in
    real time, including information about the tires, engine, temperature,
    and fuel usage that is then used by the pit team to make immediate
    decisions about in-race strategies.
--  The FlexPod platform's small form factor allows it to travel around
    the world to every F1 race, giving the Sauber F1 Team a mobile data
    center that can reliably operate in extreme weather conditions. See
    pictures of the FlexPod platform in action at the track.
--  Wind tunnel testing produces 5200MB of data every day while CFD
    simulations yield more than 10TB of data per year. MetroCluster allows
    engineers to quickly access this data to make decisions about the car
    that shave off tenths of a second for the next race.
--  The FlexPod solution has allowed the Sauber F1 Team to reduce their
    physical footprint and power consumption at the track by 50%.
--  MetroCluster's 99%+ high availability provides the Sauber F1 Team with
    seamless access to data anytime and anywhere around the world, which
    is critical to the design, testing, and production processes.
--  The Sauber F1 Team's corporate systems all run on a MetroCluster
    solution that supports 40 major business and technical applications
    that annually generate 20TB of new data and growing.

See how the Sauber F1 Team leverages IT to gain a competitive advantage.

Get an in-depth look at how the Sauber F1 Team is revolutionizing F1 with IT and a storage foundation built on NetApp.

Supporting Quotes

--  Magnus Frey, head of IT, Sauber Motorsport AG
     "NetApp delivers a
    level of reliability across the board to the Sauber F1 Team that is
    critical to our team's success. We have never once experienced a
    failure with our FlexPod solution or an outage with our MetroCluster
    solution. If either of these solutions went down for any period of
    time it would be a catastrophe for us, severely limiting our ability
    to safely operate the car let alone optimize it for speed. NetApp
    provides such a key component to our team's success that we look at
    them not only as a technology partner but as an integral member of our

--  Jay Kidd, chief technology officer, NetApp
     "The Sauber F1 Team's
    ability to harness and analyze incredible amounts of data and quickly
    turn it into a competitive advantage speaks volumes to the impact the
    right storage foundation can have. Building on NetApp has helped drive
    the Sauber F1 Team's success on the track and will continue to enable
    a level of car design innovation that will make them a strong
    contender for more podium finishes in the future."

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