NTT Communications' SD-WAN gives McLaren Racing an edge

McLaren Formula 1 TEAM (McLaren), a pioneering provider of Formula 1 motor racing for more than 50 years, and NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TOKYO:9432), has announced that McLaren will adopt SD-WAN (software-defined wide-area network) technology from NTT Com to connect the McLaren Technology Centre with racing circuits in 21 countries during the 2018 season, the company said.

The decision follows a successful test deployment of the technology during the 2017 Japan Grand Prix, when McLaren was able to send 100GB of data during a race from Japan to the UK via NTT Com´s SD-WAN.

NTT Com´s SD-WAN uses software to control the WAN, providing McLaren with quick, secure, reliable and flexible management of data traffic flows. A variety of traffic can be sent via different connections, such as Internet, mobile and MPLS, depending on time, priority and current network speed.

New Zealand racing driver Bruce McLaren founded the McLaren racing team in 1963. Since 1966, when it entered its first Formula 1 race, McLaren has won 20 world championships and over 180 grands prix. It has also won the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Indy 500 the two biggest races in the world.

Since those early days, the McLaren Technology Group has developed into one of international sport´s most successful competitors, become a globally renowned automotive manufacturer, and earned recognition as one of the most illustrious high-technology brands in the world.

The McLaren team campaigns the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with double-world champion Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.

NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company´s worldwide infrastructure, including the global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal Oneâ„¢ VPN network reaching over 190 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide.