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The Porsche Formula E team will use cloud solutions from NetApp

The software vendor will help the team meet their data needs.

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The Porsche Formula E team has announced a multi-year partnership with NetApp, a software company that will provide the team with hybrid cloud solutions.

By 2030, Volkswagen-owned Porsche aims for 80% of all vehicles sold to be electric. By leveraging NetApp’s real-time data services, the Porsche Formula E Team is helping to realize the vision of sustainable mobility while enabling the real-time adjustments that deliver superior racing performance and help drive the next generation of Porsche electric vehicles.

Additionally, NetApp’s hybrid cloud solutions allow the team to access their trackside data to support driver and team performance. This helps him make decisions based on real-time data, like when to use Formula E Attack Mode, which unlocks an extra 30 kilowatts of engine power.

The hybrid cloud data solution designed by NetApp and Porsche combines networked cloud storage (NAS) services with Global File Cache to ensure data can flow seamlessly and quickly between widely dispersed locations. It also integrates powerful NetApp data services to ensure version consistency, manage and monitor cloud resources, and protect Porsche intellectual property.

“Formula E is a technology showcase and R&D backbone for Porsche and preserves our strong motorsport heritage on the road and on the track,” said Friedemann Kurz, Head of Motorsport IT at Porsche.

“Data is the driving force here, but it’s not easy to leverage when the race team is always on the road. The solution created by NetApp is unique in the market in that it can move huge amounts of high-speed data while delivering an intuitive experience across edge, core and cloud so we can design better and faster cars for our racing drivers and car enthusiasts everywhere.”

James Whitemore, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of NetApp, added, “This is a winning partnership in which two champions meet face to face. Porsche has won more than 30,000 victories in all major motor racing series. NetApp has filed more than 2,500 data innovation patents. Joining forces now, we are working to leave our mark on the future of racing.

“Digital data is collected by the cars’ many sensors as they travel down the track and are processed synchronously to predict outcomes to help the trackside team. Data is synonymous with speed.

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