EMC speeds design and development of a tiered data protection strategy
Toyota Motorsport launched its business continuity initiative by engaging EMC Services to analyze business processes and requirements. Initial analysis by EMC consultants found that nearly 60 percent of Toyota Motorsport’s data had not been used for six months or more. EMC then helped Toyota Motorsport classify its data by importance and develop policies and methods for moving that data to appropriate storage devices depending on class, age, data location, access rate, data protection level, and other parameters. EMC experts also helped Toyota Motorsport structure a storage and soft- ware environment that is consistent with IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) criteria, a stan- dard set of processes and disciplines aimed at improving management and availability of storage-based services to internal clients.
With EMC Services, Toyota Motorsport established diverse tiers of protection, including mirroring of critical application data, advanced disk backup and recovery for both criti- cal and mid-tier applications, and online archiving of data with long-term retention needs. EMC also assisted Toyota Motorsport in establishing service level agreements (SLAs) with each user group within the organization and the storage infrastructure need- ed to meet them.
“EMC’s integrated replication, backup, recovery, and archiving solutions have helped us lower our total cost of ownership and ensure the data is always there when needed. You never know if or when the data from a past race or trial may become the key to a breakthrough in auto design or engineering—and that, plus winning races, is what we’re here for.”
Thomas Schiller General Manager, IT Toyota Motorsport GmbH
“Unlike other vendors, EMC Services took the time to listen to us and develop a solid understanding of our business continuity requirements,” noted Schiller. “Their expert- ise helped us speed implementation of an infrastructure that takes into account the changing value of the data over its lifetime. As a result, we now have a strategy that delivers the right level of data protection for each class of application and data.”
High-end replication protects team’s core applications
While a new passenger car development cycle might last as long as 36 months, the turn- around for a new F1 racer is much tighter—typically less than 12 months. In addition, after completing a new F1 racecar, Toyota Motorsport changes major portions of the vehi- cle every two weeks between races. As a result, the development team cannot afford to lose any data acquired during the design process, software simulations, on the test bench, in the wind tunnel, or out on the track. A delay in data access or data loss during the racing season could mean the difference between simply being on the track and being a contender for the checkered flag.
Toyota Motorsport’s core applications, including SAP, Microsoft Exchange, CATIA computer- aided design (CAD), and ABAQUS engineering analysis, are kept on high-end EMC Symmetrix® DMX systems in a storage area network (SAN), as well as a network-attached storage (NAS) environment that is integrated with an EMC Celerra® Clustered Network Server (CNS) gateway. Toyota uses EMC SRDF®/Synchronous (SRDF/S) software to fully