On any given Sunday, an F1 team produces approximately one terabyte of computer data that is sent back to a team of 15-20 engineers, who turn that feedback into insight on tyre degradation, brake temperature, air flow and engine performance.
The data comes in from a car loaded with over 200 sensors gathering data, on what Redbull claim, is over 10,000 components!
The data is sent to the garage in bespoke feeds relevant to the mechanics, and integrated with GPS data, weather information and competition insights. This data is pooled, analysed and relayed to the pit team who use it to shape the race strategy. It’s optimisation in real time!
And it doesn’t stop there. After the race, win or lose, every detail is analysed, from a car’s trajectory to the driver’s heartbeat. So much so, that the data used in simulations will achieve more in a day than it would in a week of on-track testing!
New data sets are subsequently added and analysed as technology evolves, creating new opportunities for a competitive advantage.
It is no different in business, which has an equal opportunity to layer-in additional applications and services onto a public cloud, which improve business efficiency or enhance customer service. And if the cloud supports any tool, language or framework – then developers need only think up the code to make it happen, and happen fast.
It means that companies, just like mechanics, have to give their cloud regular check-ups to ensure it is operating at optimal performance. To effectively optimise the growing number of applications running in the cloud, it is important to have a monitoring tool that is architected to scrutinize the usage and performance of cloud-based applications, and can collect as much data as possible.
It might not be as much as a terabyte in a single day, but it needs to be enough to highlight any pain points and inefficiencies in your cloud estate. Using cloud optimisation platforms, organisations can soon gain visibility and control of their public or hybrid cloud environments.
Consequently, your cloud infrastructure will evolve as your business develops, necessitating an ongoing process of prioritisation: what elements of the IT infrastructure will help reduce costs without compromising on performance, and where will IT investments enhance customer centricity and/ or productivity?
There are plenty of tools, support and services that can come together to form your pit-crew. It’s an ongoing process, and cloud optimisation is not a one-off project. Instead, you should consistently and regularly re-assess and re-design your cloud, to keep the system driving smoothly and to support your business goals.