NetApp has announced the renewal of its official sponsorship with Ducati Team in the 2019 MotoGP World Championship for the second year, to enable the digital transformation of motorcycle racing. The new Ducati MotoGP team was recently presented to the public officially. The data-driven technological developments from NetApp on the racing motorcycles is set to boost the performance of factory riders, supported by the test rider, the company noted.
Ducati, as a data-driven company, 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 analyse 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 optimise 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 easily manage about 200 applications and over 300TB of data in real-time access to the world’s fastest enterprise all-flash storage, it said. 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, explained NetApp.
In addition, using NetApp HCI solution, the power of an entire data centre is delivered directly to the Ducati MotoGP team at the race track, the data company noted. It said this enables faster data-driven decisions to create winning strategies for the racing team through the powerful hybrid cloud infrastructure.
Brett Roscoe, Vice-President, Product Management, NetApp, said the company closely collaborated with Ducati’s IT team to understand its need for a cutting-edge data management infrastructure. NetApp HCI immediately overhauls Ducati’s data management and cloud infrastructure to build a powerful, modern IT framework, he added. Roscoe noted that 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 the company to manage development without duplicating efforts, noted Konstantin Kostenarov, CTO, Ducati Motor Holding. He said it allows Ducati IT to focus on its business priorities for the future, both in racing and in production.
Stefano Rendina, IT Manager, Ducati Corse, observed that with NetApp flash solutions, the company will be able to guarantee quicker responses to every business instance, as well as increase speed of prototyping and go-to-market. “NetApp HCI has been rapidly implemented and will help us build the future model to manage our three manufacturing facilities in addition to multiple business offices worldwide,” he added.