Saudi Airlines implements virtual tape solution

Saudi Arabian Airlines has revamped its information storage infrastructure with the installation of the latest virtual tape storage technology.

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By  Colin Edwards Published  June 7, 2006

Saudi Arabian Airlines has revamped its information storage infrastructure with the installation of the latest virtual tape storage technology. The new storage solution, based on StorageTek’s VSM enterprise system was implemented by STME to enable the airline to meet increased business demands and better manage explosive data growth. Nasser Al Bassam, assistant general manager, technical support, Saudi Arabian Airlines, said, “We wanted a solution that meets the increasing business demands of today and also one that accommodates future growth. “The evaluation process concluded that an STME/STK solution met all operational, capacity and performance requirements specified in the published RFP and provided the best Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) among all the offers we received. StorageTek VSM suited our requirements just right, and STME’s unique expertise in implementing such solutions made them an obvious choice as partner,” he added. The solution features a high-tech robotic design, and helps improve operating efficiencies and lower total cost of ownership by maximising the value of storage investments and minimising the use of mainframe production resources. “Implementation of StorageTek VSM will transform the storage infrastructure of Saudi Arabian Airlines, which can now benefit from the unmatched scalability the solution offers, while being assured of highly available and well-protected data,” said Peter Aubrey, CEO, STME. The StorageTek VSM system provides an intelligently managed disk buffer between the mainframe servers and the tape storage system, enabling high drive and cartridge utilisation and minimal storage costs. Moreover, data protection and disaster recovery applications are enhanced by the VSM system’s automation of tape management. StorageTek VSM’s user-defined policies enable organisations to store the right data on the right device at the right time, and allows for cost-effective protection of business-critical information based on its changing value over time. Jocelyn Al Adwani, Deputy CEO, STME, said, “The implementation of the project commenced in end-January, and with STME having successfully completed all tasks involved, Saudi Arabian Airlines can start running the solution anytime now. STME’s local support staff in Jeddah will be on hand to ensure that the cut-over from the old legacy solution to the new state-of-the-art one goes smoothly.”

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