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When Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), a division of Toyota Motor Corporation, turned its attention to Formula 1 (F1) car racing in 1999, the company knew that it would need an advanced business continuity infrastructure to be competitive with more-established teams. The availability of data acquired from races and testing, and the ability to improve car and racing performance based on the data, were to be a foundation of the F1 pro- gram.

Today, a Toyota Motorsport F1 racecar engine isn’t started without firing up a laptop com- puter. Many sensors throughout the engine and chassis feed high volumes of data regarding a number of different parameters, such as oil temperature, brake wear, and engine performance to trackside engineers for analysis. At the end of a race or practice session, engineers download the data to local storage devices and then transmit it to headquarters. As engineers analyze this data, 10 to 15 percent of the car components may change between each race to optimize the car for the upcoming race circuit.

“Using information lifecycle management (ILM), we were able to lower our costs while matching the right replication, backup, recovery, and archiving solutions to the appropriate applications. Because this is a more targeted approach, we’re sav- ing more than 40 percent per year in overall storage costs and achieving better data availability across the infrastructure. With EMC as our information backbone, we’ve achieved significant success and competitiveness in Formula 1 racing in a relatively a short time.”

Thomas Schiller General Manager, IT Toyota Motorsport GmbH

During the two-week period between races, data from the previous race is vitally impor- tant and must be carefully protected. However, once the next race takes place, a new development cycle begins and a significant percentage of the previous race data becomes irrelevant for the upcoming race. It still is important for ongoing engineering and testing and must be protected, but not necessarily at the same level as the new data.

To address the F1 team’s diverse requirements for data availability, Toyota Motorsport turned to EMC® Services to develop and implement a multi-tiered, integrated business continuity strategy using EMC’s advanced software and storage solutions.

Thomas Schiller, Toyota Motorsport’s General Manager, IT Project Office and Process Administration, said, “Our EMC business continuity infrastructure addresses the full range of our availability requirements from the most stringent to the more moderate. Using information lifecycle management (ILM), we were able to lower our costs while matching the right replication, backup, recovery, and archiving solutions to the appro- priate applications. Because this is a more targeted approach, we’re saving more than 40 percent per year in overall storage costs and achieving better data availability across the infrastructure. With EMC as our information backbone, we’ve achieved significant success and competitiveness in Formula 1 racing in a relatively a short time.”

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