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Exclusive Williams F1 Tour of Singapore Grand Prix 2019!

Exclusive ROKiT Williams Tour of Singapore Grand Prix 2019!

As part of the Acronis CyberFit Week, we were invited to an exclusive ROKiT Williams tour of the Singapore Grand Prix 2019!

We also had the opportunity to sit down and talk to ROKiT Williams CIO Graeme Hackland, who has over 20 years of F1 experience under his belt!

 

Checking In At The Singapore Grand Prix Media Centre!

After picking up our media passes, we checked in at the Singapore Grand Prix Media Centre. This is what it looks like inside!

It’s located directly over the garages, so the windows look out directly into the pit stop!

 

Exclusive ROKiT Williams Tour of Singapore Grand Prix 2019!

Barbara Clemente of the ROKiT Williams Racing Team took us on a special tour of Singapore Grand Prix 2019.

We were not allowed to take photos or videos inside the ROKiT Williams garage, of course. But we had the rare and exclusive opportunity to check out the paddock and pit stop in person!

 

Graeme Hackland on the ROKiT Williams + Acronis Partnership

We then sat down with ROKiT Williams CIO Graeme Hackland, who has over 20 years of F1 experience under his belt.

He spoke about the importance of data collection to the team’s performance, and how much data they now collect – not just at the tracks and races, but also in the factory back in the UK.

He also revealed that the team was hit by two ransomware attacks in 2014, losing data to one of them. That spurred their adoption of Acronis data protection solutions.

Now, all of their data is notarised and almost instantaneously backed up on the cloud, and can be quickly restored if they are compromised in any way, or hijacked by ransomware.

Protecting all that data is important, not just for the success of their team, but also Williams Advanced Engineering. After all, the technologies they refine with each race will end up being commercialised by Advanced Engineering.

 

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Acronis Cyber Penthouse with Williams F1 Racing Team!

As the Williams F1 Racing Team gears up for the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, they joined Acronis CEO and Founder Serguei Beloussov in the grand opening of the new Acronis Cyber Penthouse!

In the exclusive invitation-only event, we got up close and personal with Serguei Beloussov, Williams F1 CIO Graeme Hackland… and of course, the Williams F1 drivers – Robert Kubica and George Russell!

 

The Acronis Cyber Penthouse

Located at the very top of Suntec Tower 3, the Acronis Cyber Penthouse is (aptly for a data protection company) accessible only through two security layers, including a special lift.

This is because the Cyber Penthouse is where Acronis engineers work. In his keynote, Acronis CEO and Founder Serguei Beloussov pointed out that they get the best offices, even better than his own office!

Serguei also shared that Acronis just won a new round of investment worth US$ 147 million, led by Goldman Sachs. The funds would be used to acquire companies and expand the Acronis R&D team, as well as to grow their business in North America.

 

Graeme Hackland on the Williams F1 + Acronis Partnership

Williams F1 Racing Team CIO Graeme Hackland spoke about the importance of data collection to the team’s performance, and how much data they now collect.

He also revealed that the team was hit by two ransomware attacks in 2014, losing data to one of them. Hence, they turned to Acronis to protect their data.

Acronis now protects all of their mailboxes, more than 200 of their servers, and over 650 team workstations. Deploying Acronis Backup has also cut down their backup window from days to just minutes.

 

Acronis Launches Cyber Penthouse With Williams F1 + Infocomm

Acronis then formally launched their Cyber Penthouse with CEO and Founder Serguei Beloussov, and Williams F1 CIO Graeme Hackland, as well as Howie Lau, the Chief Industry Development Officer of Infocomm Media Development Authority.

 

Robert Kubica + George Russell Face Off In The Läderach Chocolate Challenge!

Williams F1 drivers, Robert Kubica and George Russell, who popped over for the launch, sportingly agreed to a friendly contest using Läderach chocolate!

It sure was great to catch these guys in a carefree, fun moment away from the Grand Prix races.

Unfortunately, I never got the chance to get some photos with them. But I scored this neat wheel nut signed by both of them instead!

 

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