Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), operator of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), inaugurated a next-generation Containerised Data Centre (CDC), a portable and inherently scalable facility to host critical airport information systems that can be placed in any location where data capacity is needed.
The CDC was designed, supplied and implemented by Gulf Business Machines (GBM), a leading regional provider of IT solutions, and is part of the Airport Modernisation Programme (AMP) currently underway at BIA.
It offers several advantages over traditional data centres, including flexibility and speed, as it comes complete with network connections, storage, servers, power lines, monitoring units, fire detection units, software, security, a cooling facility and all other components typically found in a modern data centre. It also has the additional benefit of being portable, which allows branches or remote locations to receive additional capacity by redeploying it where necessary.
The CDC was inaugurated by Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, Chief Executive Officer of BAC, at an event held under the patronage of His Excellency Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed.
Al Binfalah said: “The AMP is much more than just an expansion of the airport passenger capacity. It is a complete modernisation of its operations to the growth of our local economy. This makes the CDC an essential component of the ICT infrastructure and disaster recovery plans, as it is based on flexibility in managing hundreds of internal and external processes at the airport, which will enhance the ICT operational efficiency and reliability.”
Abdulla Ishaq, Bahrain General Manager, GBM, said: “We are proud to be part of this historic journey in successfully implementing one of the first CDCs in Bahrain. This success was mainly due to the ‘one team spirit’ approach taken throughout the project between BAC and GBM professional teams. The completed project delivers a state-of-the-art solution built at the highest standards and recognised worldwide. This is crucial as the CDC hosts critical airport operations systems and we are confident that this site will be a showcase to both regional and international communities.”