Abu Dhabi DoT virtualises with VMware
Department of Transport has now virtualised 95% of its server infrastructure
The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has virtualised 95% of its IT server infrastructure using VMware vCloud Suite, the government body announced this week.
The DoT said that, as a result of the implementation, it would achieve increased productivity and cost savings, supporting its daily operations.
The DoT's objective was to have a scalable, resilient infrastructure that reduced downtime and enabled more effective resource management and automation. The new system allows for rapid expansion, the organisation said. Through it, the DoT now has the ability to upgrade existing servers, increases storage space, and install new servers in a matter of minutes, rather than the weeks previously required.
"Since 2011 we have been providing the most sophisticated technology to our customers, such as the DoT's Geographical Information System portal - which provides fast, up-to-date and reliable information on driving directions, public transport routes and schedules," said Saeed Al Ghailani, Head of Infrastructure and Telecoms, Department of Transport.
"In the past, such offerings were placing substantial strain on our IT infrastructure and we were struggling to cope with increasing demands. By implementing VMware's leading virtualisation solutions, we now have a high-availability, centralised system that can cater for almost any customisation or upgrade required.
"Moreover, we now have hundreds of servers being managed from a single point, significantly reducing manpower requirements of support and maintenance."
As well as the Geographical Information System portal, the DoT virtualised its critical applications, including its Oracle applications, its CRM suite and its Traffic Demand Module. According to the organisation, VMware also supported the implementation of a virtual demilitarised environment (vDMZ), allowing DoT's public-facing network to be separated from the internal back-end services.
"The Department of Transport has ambitious plans to provide a state of the art ICT infrastructure to the capital by extending the benefits of virtualization to every domain in the data centre, including compute, storage, networking, and the associated availability and security services," said Sam Tayan, regional MENA director, VMware.
"With vCloud Suite, the Department of Transport can enhance its aviation, maritime and road transport services by faster application provisioning, intelligent automation, improved capacity planning, and performance and compliance management."