With OCSL’s expertise, Red Bull Technology have the storage infrastructure they need to deliver high capacity, high availability and a rock-solid operational performance.  Now users click on an application and immediately access the required data.

On demand data performance, even at the trackside 

At Red Bull Technology the pace of technology change moves nearly as fast as the Formula 1™ racing cars it designs. When simulation analysis tools started slowing dramatically and pressure on existing storage put disaster recovery at risk, it was time to redesign the storage environment. Together with HPE, OCSL designed a scalable, performant and resilient platform that successfully resolved Red Bull’s immediate issues and met future requirements, including desktop virtualization.

A fresh perspective

Our experts helped Red Bull see through the maze of storage options to pinpoint the HPE 3PAR system as the optimum solution.  We helped Red Bull select the platform with the best performance, scalability, high availability and disaster recovery capabilities.  Our insight helped them understand flash device benefits and the technology’s storage tiering capabilities; with ‘hot’ data going into the fastest storage tier and ‘cold’ data being moved automatically to lower, more affordable tiers.  Rigorous pre-delivery testing with repeated benchmarking confirmed our performance expectations.  Working in close collaboration, we completed implementation in just two weeks, ready for their factory to resume work.  

A better answer

Red Bull now have the on-demand storage performance required to handle important data whenever they need it.  End user complaints about application availability have reduced, and the sophisticated applications needed for advanced vehicle design and manufacturing can be added to the computing environment without issue. In the four weeks following initial deployment, Red Bull had three consecutive wins at the Belgian, Italian and Singapore Grand Prix.  They used the new storage systems to handle trackside data, access race strategy and gather information about competitors’ performance. Since the original purchase, Red Bull have expanded the 3PAR footprint with new arrays, upgrades and SAN switches.  3PAR is now a trusted technology that meets their ongoing needs.

The fundamental challenge we face is staying ahead of the competition both on and off the track. Not only are the cars fast, but we’re in a fast-moving business that must make quick decisions. OCSL have always provided outstanding support and our relationship is excellent, something we value highly.

Matt Cadieux

CIO

Red Bull Technology Ltd

At a glance

Goal

  • Improve scalability, performance and resilience of storage infrastructure

Service

  • Design, implementation & integration consultancy services

Outcomes

  • Rapid data retrieval
  • Scalable, performant business storage
  • Advanced design iterations & real-time decision making