May 11, 2012

What Formula One can teach us about testing, performance and results


Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Formula 1 Testing - Day 1 - Mugello, ItalyMotorsport teams, especially Formula 1, test their cars and equipment as much as they can. Why do the teams test?  They do this so they can bring the best possible combination of parts and strategies to the race. Over the past few days, all of the F1 teams have been allowed to bring their cars and equipment to Mugello, Italy to test. This is one time during the race season where official testing on the cars can be performed in real-life conditions. (Meaning not on a simulator or in a wind tunnel.) The teams are limited to only 15,000 km (approx. 9,000 mi) of real world testing per calendar year, which includes both pre-season and current season.

What exactly is “testing?” It involves bringing in newly designed aerodynamic parts, electronic parts, suspension parts and unseen motor parts to be used in a real-world environment. The cars are carefully measured, weighed and warmed up before each and every session. During every second of every session, multiple sensors from the engine coolant to brake temperatures and more are collected and measured. The measurements take place at the track for quick adjustments and assessments by the team and afterwards, at the factory, where they can do long-term and short-term trend analysis. These measurements allow the team to assess whether a small wing change can give them an advantage over the competition and thereby improve their results and ultimately win races.

The long and short of it is that the teams must test in order to improve their cars, to enhance performance and make gains that keep them ahead of the competition. So just like F1 tests continuously, Internap is always striving to improve its IT managed services for customers. Just take a look at our new Agile Hosting service, for example. After many months of testing, we are now able to offer a dynamic, new online configurator, which allows enterprises to instantly customize and provision both physical and virtual IT Infrastructure needs to meet diverse and rapidly growing demands. Improvements like these mean better performance, and better performance means better results — results that help your organization stay ahead and give you the edge over your competitors today.

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Image Credit: Sahara Force India Formula One Team

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