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Gulf Air turns to Symantec for backup and recovery

Airline will roll out Symantec solutions to better protect data

Gulf Air turns to Symantec for backup and recovery
Gulf Air has increased its reliance on information systems, creating more data that it needs to protect.

Gulf Air is to deploy Symantec archive and recovery solutions to better manage its data.

The airline will implement NetBackup and Enterprise Vault to deliver better management of important data.

Maher Salman AlMusallam, Gulf Air acting chief executive officer, stated: “Gulf Air’s commitment towards excellent passenger service is demonstrated in all layers of operations, and implementing state of the art technologies like Symantec’s solutions are key components to ensure stability of our services.”

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Jassim Haji, Gulf Air director of Information Technology, said: “Following last year’s achievement in earning the prestigious ISO Certification for Gulf Air’s information security management system, we are aiming to become one of the leading airline carriers to offer the best IT solutions to enhance every passenger’s journey. As the data deluge trend continues to impact airlines across the world, the deployment of such advanced backup and archiving solutions further supports our promise to safeguard and govern critical business information.”

Gulf Air has been pioneering the transition to modern technological services and was the first organisation in Bahrain to introduce private cloud computing in its IT operations. The airline’s virtualized data centre environments host over 100 applications with more than 100 terabytes of business data, across 250 servers. Symantec’s NetBackup and Enterprise Vault solutions will complement the airline’s sophisticated data centre to increase the stability and availability of numerous critical passenger services including web bookings, frequent flyer services, and other core airline solutions for managing its operations and finances.

Dr. Haji and his executive team at Gulf Air will significantly reduce the administration time spent to manage the enterprise backup by using Symantec’s solutions, relocating valuable human resource hours to meet other needs of the airline. The transition program began in July 2014.

Amer Chebaro, regional manager for Gulf & Levant, Symantec, added: "Gulf Air has been at the forefront of how the aviation industry can utilise leading edge IT technologies. Symantec is one part of this vision. NetBackup and Enterprise Vault deliver agile and scalable data archiving and recovery tools, which enable Gulf Air to optimise business operations for increased productivity. Middle East corporations are particularly vulnerable to security threats and the aviation industry is no exception. Symantec’s suite of comprehensive solutions allow businesses, such as Gulf Air, to remain one step ahead of sophisticated cyber criminals. We are delighted to work with such a prestigious organisation, headquartered in the region."

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