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The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is gearing up to manage the massive growth in data traffic that will result from the completion of the second phase of the Dubai International Airport expansion programme in 2006.

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is gearing up to manage the massive growth in data traffic that will result from the completion of the second phase of the Dubai International Airport expansion programme.

Scheduled for completion in 2006, the expanded Dubai International Airport will have the capacity to handle 70 million passengers, creating a huge demand on DCA’s information infrastructure.

“Managing 70 million passengers means that the amount of data exchanged between the DCA, the airport and the airlines will be ten times as much as it is today. To ensure the readiness of our technology infrastructure between the department and its partners, we have invested in a data storage system,” says Khalid Buti Abdulla Alfalasi, manager technology services division, IT directorate, Department of Civil Aviation.

Prior to this DCA stored all its data on thousands and thousands of storage tapes, which made access to data difficult. DCA needed to ensure that its critical data is not only securely stored, but also available 24/7 for the ground staff and customers with varied access requirements.

The Emirate's aviation body revamped its operations last year and migrated its internal communications, web-based services and external communication with its partners to an integrated online environment. The storage system, managed by Computer Associates Middle East (CA-ME) has been under testing since early this year.

“Having established the readiness of our technology infrastructure to securely and efficiently deal with our security and data storage requirements today and in the future, we are now, more than ever, fit to handle the growth of operations that will result from the expansion of Dubai International Airport,” adds Al Falasi.

DCA implemented the vendor’s BrightStor storage management solution to protect their data, administer the storage environments. DCA claims after the implementation its 1,200 staff now have round the clock access to more than 65 terabyte of stored data at DCA stored within the last 12 months.

“DCA provides a great example of how organisations can better protect their data, reduce their operational costs and improve network service levels. We are working with DCA’s IT staff to further refine its backup and disaster recovery strategies and be involved with them in the development of Dubai as an international air travel hub,” adds Gilbert Lacroix, vice president and general manager for CA in the Arab countries.

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