Network Appliance Powers Renault F1 Team
Sunnyvale, CA - January 28, 2003 --
Network Appliance, a leading provider of enterprise network storage
solutions and Renault F1 Team today announced that the team has
purchased a 2.5TB FAS960 unified storage solution. The system will
hold and manage all design data for the Renault F1 Team car and
will also deliver considerable cost savings and enable business
continuance across its F1 design operation.
In addition, Network Appliance and Renault F1 Team have entered
into a sponsorship agreement whereby, as an Official Team Supplier,
the company will provide Renault F1 Team with the storage
technology for its car design. The sponsorship agreement is part of
an established relationship Network Appliance has with Renault F1
Team who first invested in NetApp® solutions in 1999.
Graeme Hackland, I.T. manager Renault F1 Team, commented on the
implementation, "The IT department required a solution with
excellent 24x7 support that would ensure we achieved our uptime
goals. Formula 1 is a 24-hour business, we cannot afford to take
systems offline for backup and Network Appliance™
Snapshotä gives us this flexibility."
Hackland continued, "It is essential that our design data can be
shared across heterogeneous platforms, enabling a seamless data
flow from conception to production. We viewed future expansion as
critical in making our data storage selection-the storage system we
selected allows NAS to SAN expansion, as well as twelve times disk
space expansion capability."
The Renault F1 Team has over 50 designers working full-time on the
development of its vehicles. "As our Catia design software is used
on Unix® and Windows® operating systems, it was
absolutely critical for us to be able to seamlessly interoperate
between them," said Hackland.
The Network Appliance storage solution has enabled Renault F1 Team
to store all of its current and historic design data and provide
quick access to its Oracle®, MCAD/PDM, IBM and Catia
databases. To give an indication of scale, it takes over 10,000
drawings per season to define a Formula 1 car-which equates to a
capacity requirement of 2.5TB. In addition to storing its design
data, the FAS960 solution provides Renault F1 Team with instant
access to over three years of live data.
"We looked for a solution that was server hardware and operating
system independent and Network Appliance provided a highly cost
effective solution that ensured business continuance throughout a
significant upgrade project," concluded Hackland.
"Network Appliance focuses on delivering solutions for
mission-critical business challenges," said Tim Pitcher, Northern
EMEA vice president, Network Appliance. "Renault F1 Team is a
world-class team powered by state-of-the-art design and technology
with a growing requirement for highly available data storage. We
are thrilled to continue our work with the team and to be assisting
them in achieving their goals."
About Renault F1 Team
July 2002 marked the 25th anniversary of Renault's competition in
modern, top-level motor sport. By 1979, just two years after
entering the World Championship, Renault had already established
themselves as race winners. Through the 1990's Renault was the most
successful manufacturer in Formula 1, achieving six world
championship titles as a partner with both Williams and Benetton.
2002 marked the competitive return of a one hundred percent Renault
team, with the Renault F1 Team achieving a fourth-place finish in
the Constructors World Championship. Renault's track record of
success in F1 reinforces the ambition of World Championship victory
within the next 3 years.
The philosophy for Renault's involvement in Formula 1 is not just
about building brand awareness; it also enables a filter down of
technology to their road car products. The Renault F1 Team is a
wholly-owned division of Renault S.A. headquartered in Paris,
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