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Ferrari Races To Cloud With AWS Pick

The carmaker and tech giant announce an agreement for AWS to serve as Ferrari’s official cloud, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) provider.

Amazon Web Services’ machine learning, analytics and compute capabilities will now power advancements at Ferrari’s road cars department and Formula One team, among other divisions of the luxury carmaker.

The two companies announced an agreement for AWS to serve as Ferrari’s official cloud, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) provider, according to AWS parent company Amazon.

Ferrari will use AWS tools for designing and testing cars and adding a fan engagement platform to its mobile app. Users will have virtual access to the Scuderia Ferrari garage and augmented relation (AR) experiences, including interaction with drivers.

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AWS’ logo will also appear on Formula 1 team Scuderia Ferrari’s car and drivers apparel at the French Grand Prix this weekend and after the event, according to the statement.

Ferrari will use AWS tools for its Vehicle Information Hub of customers’ car information and servicing and maintenance records.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) will allow for complex simulations testing car performance under different driving conditions and racing scenarios. Ferrari will have the ability to run thousands of simulations concurrently for faster insights compared to on-premises environments, according to the statement.

Amazon SageMaker, AWS’ cloud and edge ML model building, training and deploying service will help Ferrari learn how parts and cars perform under various conditions. Ferrari will gather, catalog and clean hundreds of petabytes of data for driver handling and car performance through an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) data lake and AWS Lake Formation.

Ferrari will use Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) and Amazon DynamoDB to deploy and scale digital experiences, including Ferrari’s Car Configurator, which customers use to custom-build a car and see 2D and 3D visualizations.

Eran Gil, CEO of AWS and Salesforce partner AllCloud — which has offices in Lakewood, Colo., Tel Aviv, Germany and Romania and is No. 181 on CRN’s 2021 Solution Provider 500 — told CRN that cloud’s penetration in enterprises across multiple industries is still “in the early innings,” with plenty of opportunity for digital transformation in industries like consumer goods and manufacturing.

And even the consumer-facing parts of businesses with robust engagement arms are seeking more and new ways to stay in contact with fans and customers, Gil said.

“The bulk of the total addressable market” hasn’t adopted cloud technology yet, he said. Channel partners have “another 20- to 30-year run before it‘s pretty clear that we’ve transformed a significant portion of the addressable market.”

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