You’ve Heard About Big Data… What About Fast Data?

Gentlemen, start your hard drives! If you want to be a Forumula-1 champion, having data at your fingertips is just as important as the steering wheel. The typical Formula-1 car is the product of a $470 million budget that includes research, development and testing. In order to speed ahead of the competition, Formula-1 teams need the best data management, and they are turning to EMC.

EMC IIG’s Syncplicity and EMC Documentum’s Information Rights Management (IRM) will be a key component in the Lotus F-1 team’s fleet as they prepare for the 2015 championship, according to CMSwire. Most F-1 cars have sensors that generate more than 25 megabytes of data per lap. In addition, data is recorded about the cars in each stage of research and development. As CMSwire described “There are data points taken on how far the gas pedal goes down during every millisecond of the race, data that reveals every twitch or tweak of a driver’s hand, in what direction his head is turned at any point in time.”

Yet, it is only with EMC’s cloud technology, Syncplicity, that all of this data can be accessed, analyzed, and applied in real time any place in the world. “Syncplicity will allow Lotus F1 to have the right information at the right time on any device so that the F1 Team can securely sync and share files when it matters the most,” says Jeetu Patel, General Manager of the Syncplicity Business Unit at EMC. Data will move from cloud to pedal, instantly.

The ability to access this key data is also a risk. Rival teams could take advantage of the data themselves, or even hack into it to sabotage the team. That’s why EMC does not simply provide a high-speed data system, but a high-security one. EMC Documentum’s IRM tracks who can access data while in transit, resting and after delivery. The team will know if there is a breach and the system will trace the source.

Yet, the ability to access key data at the speed of a Formula-one car in a secure way, is not just for race car drivers. Many government agencies also need reliable data instantly to complete their missions, whether it’s the Department of Defense responding to potential threats or the Federal Emergency Management Agency processing the impact of a storm in real-time. The combination of fast data, big data, and secure data is just as essential to Formula 1 drivers as it is to government decision makers.

Storing the data in the cloud securely also offers the same advantages to government as it does to the Lotus team. Government also produces important date from multimillion dollar budgets devoted to research, development, and testing of pilot programs and initiatives. The cloud allows personnel to extract that data and apply it to make decisions, without having to worry about storage on premises or terabytes of data slowing down their systems.

We cannot predict who will win when the Lotus team competes in 2015. What we do know, however, is that data that can be leveraged quickly and securely with EMC will be essential for agencies to take the lead in innovation.

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