Ducati and Aruba Enterprise develop new Generation Data Centre

Aruba, partner of Ducati in SBK and MotoGP, renews the IT infrastructure of the Bologna-based manufacturer

The project has totally revised traditional architectures and logics to give space to a new concept of data center

The collaboration with Aruba, official Ducati partner in MotoGP and SBK, grows and goes beyond the racing world: Aruba Enterprise, the division that studies customized IT projects and solutions, has developed together with Ducati an innovative solution to meet the needs of the Italian motorcycle manufacturer.

To renew its approach to the cloud and optimise IT infrastructures already existing in Borgo Panigale, Ducati worked with Aruba Enterprise to create a project that changes the traditional approach to architectures and enables a new concept of how data centres can be used. This innovative approach is characterised by maximum customisation and a hybrid solution that involves both data centres, the existing one at Ducati’s headquarters and Aruba’s Global Cloud Data Center (GCDC).

The project tackles three primary objectives for Ducati: renew the hardware of its on-premise data centre, provided as a service in the Private Cloud; provide the company with a wholly dedicated Cloud solution to guarantee the highest level of security and secrecy and, last but not least, create a Disaster Recovery environment within the Global Cloud Data Center for the essential applications located on the on-premise systems at Ducati.

This New Generation Data Center is an extension of Ducati Motor Holding’s current data centre. Aruba Enterprise’s engineers and project managers’ IT architectural design skills and ability enabled them to design a hybrid data centre relying on an on-premise hybrid cloud solution in Borgo Panigale and another one in the Global Cloud Data Center.

This comes in addition to the service provided by the Global Cloud Data Center and acts as an extension of the Ducati cloud that can migrate its workloads from the Borgo Panigale site to the GCDC without service interruption and can also become a Disaster Recovery site if needed.

Konstantin Kostenarov, CTO Ducati Motor Holding commented: “We needed to renew the on premise IT architecture that supports development, innovation and business processes and we ended up achieving much more: a fully customised Disaster Recovery solution, increased resilience of our data and a drastic shortening of the time to market which powers the innovation that we bring with our bikes and is a key distinguishing factor."

“We are proud to be working on this project with Ducati to renew and enhance its existing IT infrastructure,” commented Giorgio Girelli, Aruba Enterprise General Manager “Sharing and combining the knowledge of our two companies, specialised in two distinct and specific sectors, has given shape to a genuinely innovative project as we have shared experiences, in terms of technology, performance and research, gained in the motor and IT, cloud services and data centres industries. This is an ideal synergy to get maximum performance."