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The end of an era? | Magnetic Tape Storage

Published on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The end of an era? | Magnetic Tape Storage

British Grand Prix: 12-14 July

Unless a contract extension can be agreed, this July sees the last British Grand Prix to be held at Silverstone. The weekend of concerts, attractions and camping in the sunshine (we hope) to the backdrop of screaming engines will see the end of a 71-year era. Of course, the end has been threatened before, but this time it seems a little more serious.

Silverstone started life as a WW2 RAF bomber station in 1943 that was decommissioned at the end of the war. A few friends used the site to race their own cars in 1947 and the following year the Royal Automobile Club leased it and set out a formal racing circuit, using the classic triangle of the runways as a template. From the mid 1950s to the mid 1980s the British Grand Prix was rotated between Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Aintree, before settling down with Silverstone as its home. The circuit was redesigned in 1990, 1991 and 1994 to slow the ultra-fast track, and again in 2011 to accommodate a new pit complex. Silverstone remains, however, one of the fastest tracks on the F1 calendar.

Lewis Hamilton ties with Jim Clark and Alain Prost with five wins at the British Grand Prix, but Lewis also holds the fastest lap and fastest race lap times on the current track configuration. The race is held over 52 circuits, which total over 187 miles, during which time the driver can lose around 4kg in weight. Mostly as sweat.

More than three terabytes of data are collected during the course of just one race from the hundreds of sensors that monitor everything from tyre pressure to driver biometrics. This information is essential in analysing what went wrong, or right, during the race; in development and testing of new equipment, and even in adjusting the fitness training of the pit crew.

All this data has to be transmitted, either to the pit crew for immediate use or to team members for analysis. For data-hungry industries such as F1, cloud storage can provide the answer.

Restore Records Management has a state-of-the-art data centre and ultra-secure ex-MOD command and control facilities for our cloud storage and online back-up facilities. If you’d like to chat to one of our friendly people about how we can help with masses of fast-moving data or for storage as part of your disaster recovery plan, including magnetic tape storage, just call us on 0333 060 1901.

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