Citrix technology also makes it possible for engineering data to be viewed and manipulated at remote locations. With XenServer and XenDesktop, the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team can host 3D and CAD data at team HQ in Milton Keynes, freeing up engineers at the track to work on VDIs without being slowed down by these graphically intensive programs. No matter where in the world they are, team personnel can work quickly and seamlessly, as if they were in the UK.
Engineers at the track frequently work on car setup with new components delivered directly to them—some of which are fresh from the production facility, with a new design they haven’t seen in physical form before. With remote access to 3D CAD drawings, engineers can optimize the build and make key decisions quicker. They can also troubleshoot problems and recommend design changes for the next race. With so many graphics taking place virtually, laptops and IT hardware are no longer a single point of failure to run race strategy. This gives the team better protection from loss of data or equipment.
With Citrix NetScaler, the team can further safeguard its database and servers. Aston Martin Red Bull Racing uses NetScaler to connect external third parties without sacrificing security, reliability or performance. By connecting their supply chain to their systems directly, the team has reduced rework rates and accelerated the time it takes to deal with part non-conformance. The database now acts as the single point of truth, where everybody—internal employees and third parties—interact with one single database.
In a quest to optimize race strategy and performance, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing makes up to 30 000 design updates to the car each season. This never-ending process requires seamless collaboration with teams and specialists all over the world. By pushing technical boundaries off the track, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing can push performance on the track.