Williams Racing and Acronis announce cyber protection partnership extension
24 Feb 2021
Williams Racing today announced an extension to its multi-year partnership with Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection. Acronis will continue as Official Cyber Protection Partner of the team, building on our previous partnership and delivering innovative data protection solutions, including backup, disaster recovery, software-defined storage, and file sync and share to the team.
Since Williams and Acronis first partnered at the start of the 2018 Formula One season. Acronis has helped the team grow volumes of data without compromising the security and flexibility mandated by the sport. Williams has benefited from Acronis Cyber Protect since 2020, a unique AI-enhanced solution that integrates data protection with cybersecurity, preventing cyberattacks and helping the team avoid downtime, data loss, and security breaches.
Formula One is one of the world’s most technologically advanced sports, operating in a high-pressure manufacturing environment that requires high reliability and performance. Every Grand Prix weekend Formula One teams capture hundreds of gigabytes of telemetry data and produce terabytes of engineering and test data at the factory. The ability to interpret the data and make informed decisions is often what sets teams apart. After Williams Racing’s people, it makes data the most valuable asset in the race toward the finish line.
As part of the partnership, Acronis will retain prominent branding on the FW43B from the season-opening Grand Prix in Bahrain. As well as on-car branding, Acronis will feature throughout the Williams Racing garage and hospitality areas, on teamwear and helmets of George Russell and Nicholas Latifi.
Tim Hunt, Commercial and Marketing Director for Williams Racing, said: “We are delighted to continue partnering with Acronis as Official Cyber Protection Partner of Williams Racing. Technical innovation is pivotal at Williams, and it is essential that we protect our data in the highly competitive environment that is Formula One. Acronis has helped us protect our data with secure backup, disaster recovery, and file sync and share solutions. The values that we share with Acronis, to push technology and innovation has ensured that this is a prosperous partnership and we look forward to driving continuous improvements as the team embarks on its next chapter.”
Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Acronis, added: “We are proud to support one of the most iconic Formula One teams on the grid. With our technology, we’re ensuring the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) of Williams Racing’s workloads, data, applications, and systems. By using this design methodology, we can deliver the highest calibre of cyber protection, keeping the team’s data tamper-free and easily accessible for smooth day-to-day operations. We are committed to working with Williams Racing as they protect their edge with Acronis.”
Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated, automated cyber protection that solves the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world. With flexible deployment models that fit the demands of service providers and IT professionals, Acronis provides superior cyber protection for data, applications, and systems with innovative next-generation antivirus, backup, disaster recovery, and endpoint protection management solutions. With award-winning AI-based antimalware and blockchain-based data authentication technologies, Acronis protects any environment - from cloud to hybrid to on-premises - at a low and predictable cost.
Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 1,500 employees in 33 locations in 18 countries. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million home users and 500,000 companies, including 100% of the Fortune 1000, and top-tier professional sports teams. Acronis products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 40 languages.