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F1 Racing Team to Employ Blockchain Solution for Data Protection

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Acronis, a global hybrid cloud data protection and storage company, has announced it will commence the implementation of its data protection technology into Scuderia Toro Rosso’s IT infrastructure. Scuderia Toro Rosso will gradually optimize data storage by deploying Acronis Storage with Acronis Notary™ blockchain data watermarking mechanism, which will enable the Formula 1 racing team to validate the authenticity of important data in the future.

Scuderia Toro Rosso is currently building a new racing car, the STR12, in order to comply with the new set of technical regulations issued by the Formula 1 governing body, the FIA, earlier this year. The company hopes that this new technology will ensure that when it needs to share its intellectual property with third parties it can do so with the assurance that it is protected.

Franz Tots, Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal, said: “Acronis came on board in the middle of the season and it didn’t take long for their presence to make itself felt, as far as our IT department is concerned. Not only do we have to ensure that our data is protected and safe, we also want to access any part of it almost immediately in some situations. For example, when it comes to making a snap decision relating to race strategy. As leaders in hybrid cloud data protection, Acronis is able to meet both those requirements and we have already seen the benefits during the second half of the season.”

Scuderia also plans to deploy other data protection technology powered by Acronis Hybrid Cloud architecture. These include Acronis Backup, Acronis Disaster Recovery Service to ensure business continuity in case of a natural disaster, such as earthquakes, which are frequent in the region where the factory is located, and Acronis Monitoring Service for monitoring and rapid resolution of IT incidents.

Acronis’ Founder and CEO, Serguei Beloussov commented: “Acronis is delighted so far with the results that the Toro Rosso partnership has generated — it is becoming a win-win situation for both sides. Racing teams are extremely efficient in using the collected data for rapid innovation and developing new technology. Here at Acronis we do the same. This partnership has created a synergy that is beneficial not only for the racing industry, but for the entire business world that depends on data,”

Matthew Warner
Based near Windsor, England, Matthew Warner is an enthusiast for innovative, cutting edge technologies. He is a B.Eng. graduate in engineering with honors from the University of Warwick and also holds an PGCE in education degree. Matthew is a member of Mensa.