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21 January 2014

Lotus F1 Team invests in converged datacentre to support race strategy

Lotus F1 Team is about to go live with a converged datacentre infrastructure as it begins the development of a championship-winning car for 2015. Speaking at VMworld Europe, deputy IT/IS director at Lotus F1 Team, Michael Taylor, said Formula One is the most technologically advanced sport in the world and that IT is a key aspect to support the Formula One team. The company has a four-year relationship with EMC, which is a development partner for 2014. "The focus of the partnership is about transforming our existing infrastructure to challenge," Taylor says. IT is a fully signed up member of the race team. Taylor says: "In terms of IT jurisdiction we cover everything: design, R&D, engineering and trackside." Getting the right data to the right people at the right time is a tenet of good business analytics. In F1, analytics is used at the design stage and on race day. "Formula One is all about aerodynamic development. We evaluate our performance and our competitors. Every single track is different," said Taylor. Car development ...

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