Juniper Networks has built a mission-critical network infrastructure for the Lotus F1 Team using its portfolio of switching, security, wireless LAN, routing and application software solutions to improve flexibility and enhance performance.
In addition, Lotus F1 Team, currently standing a close fourth in the Constructors’ Championship after the first seven races of this F1 season, has deployed Juniper QFabric technology in its two data centres to flatten the network architecture to reduce latency and improve performance, creating a mission-critical, carrier-class private cloud environment.
The LAN (local area network) connectivity across Lotus F1 Team’s headquarters campus in Oxfordshire, UK provides a reliable, high-performance fixed and wireless network platform to power vital, data-intensive functions such as the company’s research, development, and design suite, state-of-the-art wind tunnel facility, and engineering shop.
In the future, Juniper will also provide LAN, WAN (wide area network) and remote connectivity trackside at Grand Prix races globally and at numerous testing sessions.
Real-time data processing
The high-performance network is vital to the team, enabling real-time and near real-time data processing at scale throughout each qualifying session and race: Lotus F1 Team generates and logs in excess of 15Mb of data per lap, per car, per race; just under 1,000 statistics per lap are calculated and presented back to race engineers; each race weekend generates in excess of 50GB of data; in 2012 Lotus F1 Team moved more than 4.5TB of data across the world.
Pervasive security throughout the network, from remote access to the core, is particularly important in a highly-competitive, innovation-driven sport. Because network performance is also key, Juniper’s security solutions help Lotus F1 Team to ensure fast, reliable throughput, while maintaining the highest levels of data privacy and protection.
Single operating system
Juniper’s single operating system, Junos, uniquely provides a common element across the routing, switching and security elements deployed to ensure Lotus F1 Team maximises ease of management, long-term flexibility and return-on-investment.
The infrastructure includes Juniper Networks QFX3000-M QFabric System, QFX3500 and QFX3600 switches, and EX Series Ethernet switches in the data centres; and Juniper Networks SRX Series services gateways for high-performance routing and security in the core network.
Other infrastructure includes: Juniper Networks WLA Series LAN access points, WLC wireless LAN controllers and WLM wireless LAN management for secure, reliable wireless access; Juniper Networks MAG Series Junos pulse gateways for secure remote and mobile access; and Junos Space to simplify and automate management of its Juniper devices.
Patrick Louis, CEO, Lotus F1 Team, said: ‘From the design concept of each season’s car, through component engineering and production to testing, qualifying and competing at each race, we have to deliver innovation and excellence with no margin for failure, error or delay. Our network underpins the entire operation, so we need a partner who is equally innovative and reliable, and who can secure the highly valuable data we share across the team. Juniper enables Lotus F1 Team to build the best network so we can strive to be the best grand prix team.’
Sean Dolan, senior vice president, EMEA, Juniper Networks, added: ‘Grand prix racing is literally a fast-moving enterprise, with a highly-competitive, success-driven culture. Trackside conditions are particularly challenging, with heat, dust, vibration and the need to build and tear down a reliable, secure network infrastructure quickly in a new location every couple of weeks or so. We are very excited by the prospect of Juniper’s technology operating in this environment and playing a part in Lotus F1 Team’s 2013 campaign and beyond.’