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Scuderia Ferrari process at Scuderia Ferrari. ‘This means that systems have to be totally reliable because during a race focus has to be entirely on the car and the race itself and not on the tools. ‘We collect and analyse telemetry (remote monitoring of dozens of sensors in the car during an actual race), weather, and strategic data during races. We continuously process this data in real time in order to refine and constantly improve our performance. At the same time our IT team collects and processes system operation data for continuous performance tuning. ‘We needed to consolidate operations and introduce new technologies to our research and development data centre. Our engineering department wanted better performance and we needed to manage remotely. Our facility needed to be customisable, the rooms needed to be able to change their configuration easily. Because of all of the rules changes of the business, a modular type of data centre was required.’ ‘Working with Schneider Electric allowed us to create a very flexible data centre infrastructure,’ says Francesca Duri, chief technology officer of ICT. ‘Ferrari’s data centres were created primarily to host Formula One computation systems. They have to be flexible, modular, efficient and reliable. The qualities we were looking for in a data centre supplier we ended up finding them in Schneider Electric.’ ‘System server and data centre reliability is very important to our Formula One success. For example, the most important systems in our data centre are the ones that calculate the car’s external aerodynamics. The results of the aerodynamic simulations must be ready in time for us to create the parts for the next Grand Prix,’ says Duri. Reliability and innovation Ferrari commissioned its first Schneider Electric/APC data centre in 2004. That data centre was equipped with a cooling capacity of 20kW per rack. The InfraStruxure modular/scalable system, which still is available as a popular offering today, serves as the physical infrastructure supporting computational fluid dynamics platform and the simulations essential to the aerodynamic modelling of Ferrari’s championship Formula One cars. The ‘on-demand’ architecture of InfraStruxure provides power, cooling, management and services in a rack optimised design, which is scalable PROJECT FOCUS The two data centres allow the Ferrari Formula One racing teams to easily monitor, store and analyse the performance of each and every part of their cars. in accommodating server capacity. Such scalability eliminates much of the planning guesswork, reduces installation downtime risk, and allows for the optimisation of today’s high density computing installations. The integrated cooling system consists of In-Row precision air conditioners, and high efficiency Hot Aisle Containment Systems (HACS). Ferrari’s second data centre was built in 2015. A 300m2 site was created to support Ferrari’s Formula One car design team. Like the earlier data centre, it is also equipped with high efficiency cooling solutions, automatic static transfer switch (ATS) and hot aisle containment. This latest data centre was built with sustainability at its core, as it needed to comply with the strict sustainability measures now in place at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters. The two data centres allow the Ferrari Formula One racing teams to easily monitor, store and analyse the performance of each and every part of their cars on the test track, and during the competitions. This data allows the engineers to better understand every single aspect that comes into consideration when building the optimal car. They can also react quickly to the newly imposed rules and regulations. ‘The Schneider Electric solutions developed over the years have helped to meet our high precision flexibility and reliability needs,’ says CIO Boero. ‘Those solutions allow us to achieve a high level of manageability. Once we adopted the latest Schneider Electric data centre management platform, we were able to work in a more strategic and predictive way. In addition, if we need to intervene “on the fly”, to modify certain components, the Schneider Electric solution lets us do that with an extremely high degree of security and flexibility,’ he concludes. This latest data centre was built with sustainability at its core. 21 20-21 Project Focus.indd 21 26/08/2016 15:01