Gulf Air gets new Cisco architecture

Airline upgrades major core components with the latest Cisco tech

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Gulf Air gets new Cisco architecture The move comes as the latest in a long line of IT infrastructure enhancements
By  Tom Paye Published  September 28, 2014

Gulf Air, Bahrain's national airline, has implemented a large-scale re-design of its network infrastructure, upgrading its core components with the latest Cisco tech.

The move comes as the latest in a long line of IT infrastructure enhancements, as the airline aims to expand network capacity, improve reliability, and take advantage of big data analytics.

According to a statement from Gulf Air and Cisco, the infrastructure upgrade, along with the airline's private cloud, has helped to address some of the organisation's most pressing business challenges. The private cloud reduces costs and raises efficiencies by delivering IT as a service. And the Cisco implementation helps to increase agility as Gulf Air looks to provision new services.

"Gulf Air's mission has always been to stay competitive in the field of aviation and one of the key ways we do so is by utilizing innovative, groundbreaking technologies," said Maher Salman AlMusallam, acting CEO at Gulf Air.

"Cisco's solutions will help keep us on the cusp of technological advances while ensuring greater technology solutions to facilitate and enhance the travel experience."

Under the partnership, Cisco will integrate a unified data centre architecture with Gulf Air's cloud-ready networks. This combination will help Gulf Air simplify its IT operations, tightening security, increasing business agility and higher availability, improving data centre economics, and enabling consistent cloud experiences, Cisco said.

Cisco will also provide the integral foundation for Gulf Air's private cloud comprising a Cisco Intelligent Network, which provides a consistent and secured user experience, increased speed and optimised operational efficiency in cloud computing and data centre automation.

"Gulf Air successfully established a powerful and energy-efficient IT data centre, recognised as one of the most environment-friendly in the Kingdom of Bahrain," said Dr Jassim Haji, director of IT at Gulf Air.

"With this achievement we have taken the first step toward virtualising Gulf Air's network infrastructure in expanding our private cloud which is a pioneer initiative in this region. This key development is a testament to our ongoing mission to remain at the forefront of all technological implementations."

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