Protecting the foundation

Gulf Air has selected Dell EMC to deploy its Data Domain and Data Protection Suite

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Protecting the foundation Dr. Jassim Haji, director of Information Technology at Gulf Air
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  February 12, 2017

Ensuring that your data remains secure, readily accessible, and recoverable in the event of a disaster, is a persistent challenge shared across all organisations. Such is the case in civil aviation, where the maintenance of the droves of flight data and passenger information dictates not only the continuation of global travel, but also how future services are formulated and marketed.

But as the aviation industry continues to evolve, influenced by transformative IT trends, such as the Internet-of-Things (IoT), analytics, cognitive computing, robotics, intelligent apps, mobility, and virtual reality, airlines will need to devise new ways to better manage and protect their data.

One such airline is Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, which recently revisited the state of their data protection and recovery capabilities.

Serving 40 cities in 23 countries across three continents, the airline relies heavily on its IT to deliver the systems needed to support day-to-day operations, as well as managing the enormous volumes of user-generated data.

With expectations that its data generation will increased by 12% over the next 18 months, Gulf Air has turned to its long-standing partner, Dell EMC, to implement its Data Domain and Data Protection Suite.

“We go back over 10 years with Dell EMC. We started with their storage solutions and at the time Dell EMC was a leader in storage. We’ve been monitoring Gartner reports following how Dell EMC evolved in that area — in protection and in backup,” comments Dr. Jassim Haji, director of Information Technology at Gulf Air.

“The previous backup and data protection solution that we implemented was so complex that it took us over a year to have a full implementation … we were surprised with the efficiency when we worked together [with Dell EMC] and had a turnaround within three months or so.

“That has given us the opportunity to work on other areas of the data centre involvement and also having future projects in line with Dell EMC, which involves mainly our processing power, in addition to the storage backup and data protection,” adds Dr. Haji.

The deployment of both Data Domain and Data Protection Suite, both part of Dell EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division, is aimed at strengthening Gulf Air’s backup and recovery processes to ensure business continuity. At the same time, the platforms improve both the reliability and availability of mission critical applications and data.

Data Domain is a family of cloud-enabled products designed for protection storage that covers the backup and archival process of data, as well as disaster recovery. Featuring the latest version of Data Domain’s operating system, OS 6.0, Data Domain Cloud Tier, and enhanced integration with Hadoop.

The latest releases of Dell EMC’s protection storage family are also flash-enabled, which improves both speed and security for the virtual environment.

Meanwhile, Dell EMC’s Data Protection Suite is range of data backup and protection software with offerings tailored for enterprises, backup, archive, VMware, and mission critical applications.

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