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NetApp Powers Ducati’s Data-Driven Team for the 2019 MotoGP Championship

NetApp confirms second year as official sponsor for the 2019 MotoGP World Championship

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Jan. 21, 2019 – NetApp, the data authority for hybrid cloud, today announced that the company will renew its official sponsorship of the Ducati Team in the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, enabling the digital transformation of motorcycle racing.

The new Ducati MotoGP team was presented officially on Friday, January 18, in Neuchâtel (Switzerland). Data-driven technological developments on the racing bikes will boost the performance of factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, supported by test rider Michele Pirro.

Ducati, founded in 1926, is a leading manufacturer of specially designed motorcycles that are characterized by their high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. Ducati’s dynamic range of models aims to provide an exciting sports-riding experience to its customers. In 2012, it became part of Volkswagen Group.

As a data-driven company, Ducati began its partnership with NetApp last year to take advantage of the full potential of data in racing within the Ducati Corse division. It recently expanded the partnership to analyze vast amounts of data throughout its business, including in logistics, marketing and customer relationship management.

Through the partnership, NetApp’s engineers are working closely with Ducati’s IT team to optimize their data fabric and meet the motorcycle manufacturer’s unique, rapidly expanding data storage and data management needs:

  • With the NetApp® cloud-connected AFF solution, Ducati can now easily manage approximately 200 applications and more than 300TB of data to grant reliable real-time access to the world’s fastest enterprise all-flash storage. This storage can be accessed from anywhere in the world, across multiple clouds, with full GDPR compliance, and with the quick implementation of a disaster recovery strategy.
  • With the NetApp HCI solution, the power of an entire data center is delivered directly to the Ducati MotoGP team at the race track. This enables faster data-driven decisions to create winning strategies for the racing team through the powerful hybrid cloud infrastructure.

“We closely collaborated with Ducati’s IT team to understand its need for a cutting-edge data management infrastructure,” said Brett Roscoe, VP of product management at NetApp. “NetApp HCI immediately overhauls Ducati’s data management and cloud infrastructure to build a powerful, modern IT framework. The NetApp HCI solution aids the IT team in critical decision making and implementing operational efficiencies in bike production and other business areas.”

“Using data management solutions with integrated data protection and disaster recovery design helps us to manage development without duplicating our efforts,” said Konstantin Kostenarov, CTO of Ducati Motor Holding. “And it allows Ducati IT to focus on our business priorities for the future, both in racing and in production.”

“With NetApp flash solutions, we will be able to guarantee quicker responses to every business instance as well as increase the speed of our prototyping and go-to-market,” said Stefano Rendina, IT manager of Ducati Corse. “[NetApp] HCI has been rapidly implemented thanks to the support of NetApp Professional Services and will help us build the future model to manage our three manufacturing facilities in addition to multiple business offices worldwide.”

The MotoGP Championship will start in Losail (Qatar) on March 10, celebrating the first anniversary of the partnership. To discover more about Ducati’s partnership with NetApp, visit www.netapp.com/ducati.

About NetApp
NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. We provide a full range of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital transformation. Together with our partners, we empower global organizations to unleash the full potential of their data to expand customer touchpoints, foster greater innovation, and optimize their operations. For more information, visit www.netapp.com. #DataDriven

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. – A Sole Shareholder Company – A company subject to the management and coordination activities of AUDI AG
Ducati, founded in 1926 and based in Borgo Panigale (Bologna), has been manufacturing sport-inspired motorcycles characterized by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology since 1946. The model range of Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, SuperSport and Panigale covers several market segments, while in 2015 Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand made of bikes, accessories and apparel. These authentic icons representing “Made in Italy” are distributed in 90 countries globally. In 2017 Ducati delivered 55,871 bikes to customers, continuing the growth trend of the last eight years. Ducati has been competing in the MotoGP World Championship since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007, while in Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' and 14 Riders' titles.

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