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IAP goes live with StorageTek solution

As its IT infrastructure doubles in a matter of months, Saudi Arabia's IAP reduces costs and enhances efficiency with StorageTek tape solution.

To cope with its rapidly expanding data storage needs Saudi Arabia’s International Airport Project (IAP) has gone live with a StorageTek-based storage solution. The solution, delivered by enterprise storage integrator, STME, will enable IAP to store, manage and backup mission critical data from the Kingdom’s airports.

In recent months IAP has assumed responsibility for all the Kingdom’s domestic and international airports, which has put greater pressure on the organisation’s IT infrastructure. With the number of managed facilities under its control rising to 23, and the IAP taking on more responsibilities for quality assurance standards, the governing body has seen its IT requirements double in a matter of months.

“With IAP’s increased responsibilities and commitment to customer service, we were actually experiencing more errors and less efficiency in our operations. IAP’s new enterprise storage strategy from STME has now cut our costs through greater staff productivity and a decreased margin of errors,” said Engineer Faisal Bafadhl, IAP’s
deputy director of information technology.

During the tendering process, IAP outlined the specific requirements for its storage solution, including ease of use, minimal manual intervention, faster data retrieval, greater data integrity, and ease of migration. After working with STME, IAP deployed StorageTek tape technology, consisting of a 500-slot WolfCreek library, three 9840 tape drives and a Virtual Storage Manager (VSM).

“The results that IAP has achieved speak for themselves. It used to take more than 4 hours to back-up our data, and now we’ve reduced that to just one hour. Previously IAP had 2,000 off-site cartridges full of mission-critical data with a media life of only 5-years, now we have only 11, and our number of total physical tape cartridges has shrunk from 7,000 to just 45 – an amazing reduction of resources, with 20 years of life-time,” continued Eng. Bafadhl.

The StorageTek solution appears to be just the initial phase of a wider enterprise storage strategy, as IAP’s data management needs continue to grow.

With IAP collecting data on logistics, personnel systems, airline billing systems and passenger traffic data from 23 airports in the Kingdom, it plans to start analysing it and producing statistical reports.

“IAP’s enterprise storage strategy will enable the data centre to produce statistics regarding the aviation and mass transportation industry. This data can be used to increase customer service for all of the Kingdom’s air travellers,” noted Andrew Calthorpe, Sales Director of STME.

He added, “The data that IAP is storing through its STME solution can help make air travel in Saudi Arabia more customer-focused than ever before.”

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