Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), the operator and developer of Brisbane Airport, which facilitates the movement of more than 21 million passengers and tons of freight each year, has selected innovative virtualization technology from Cisco, EMC and VMware to help achieve its information and communications technology (ICT) strategy to improve business agility and airport operational effectiveness.
Today, Brisbane Airport is one of the premier aviation hubs in Asia Pacific servicing more than 21 million passengers, 420 businesses, 20,000 workers located at the airport, 27 airlines, the community and government. In the future, BAC's strategic vision is to transform Brisbane Airport into a major commercial center for business and leisure that supports the economic and cultural growth of Brisbane and Queensland, and acknowledges the important role it plays in Brisbane's transformation into a new world city.
"To achieve our vision, Brisbane Airport requires a highly available and resilient data center infrastructure platform that will scale to support our future expansion. The selection of Cisco, EMC and VMware helps fulfill this requirement while also providing us with the business agility to create and rapidly deliver new services to the business," said Stephen Tukavkin, technology manager, Brisbane Airport Corporation.
BAC selected Corpnet, recently acquired by Logicalis, to deploy a private cloud built on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), Cisco Nexus switches, EMC VNX storage system and VMware vSphere server virtualization software to support it as follows:
- Increased Agility and Scale in the Data Center to Align with Business Growth. BAC's information technology (IT) organization combined its networking, computing, storage and server virtualization in a private cloud for rapid provision of new services and applications to the business with Cisco UCS. BAC IT already provides simple and convenient Cisco Wi-Fi access to passengers in the domestic and international terminals, businesses in the retail precinct, and employees and contractors in the aviation and maintenance hubs which may be extended as a platform for new service delivery that helps improve convenience and productivity at Brisbane Airport. Even with BAC's future infrastructure commitments, including a new parallel runway and upgrading terminals, and increased freight operations, the Cisco, EMC and VMware system can meet the most demanding performance and scalability demands.
- Reduced Data Centre Carbon Footprint and Cooling Costs. By centralizing and virtualizing different projects and applications to create virtual network resources, BAC expects to reduce its energy consumption and cooling costs by approximately 20 percent. Since BAC began virtualizing with VMware ESX 3.5, approximately 80 percent of its environment has been reduced which is estimated to reflect the removal of 70 physical servers from operation.
- New Levels of Operational Efficiency. By streamlining operations and providing a "single pane of glass" with Cisco UCS Manager for automated, policy-based management, BAC reduces its risk and improves operational agility and scalability. These efficiencies have helped increase BAC IT staff productivity, freeing staff to focus more on strategic, business-critical initiatives. With airport business operations absolutely critical, the platform is planned and designed with 99.999 percent availability with site recovery across data centers.
"Having worked closely with the BAC team over a number of years, Corpnet (recently acquired by Logicalis), understood both the technology and business challenges facing BAC. The design and integration of leading technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware provided the perfect combination of agility, technology and enablement to meet the requirements for BAC today and well into the future," said Jonathan Pannell, Enterprise Solution Specialist, Logicalis Queensland.
EMC's VNX 5300 storage solution is specifically designed for virtualised
environments such as Brisbane Airport Corporation. Incorporating FAST (Fully
Automated Storage Tiering) Technology EMC VNX arrays move high-performance -- or
"hot" -- data to enterprise Flash drives to improve application and storage
system performance and moves less active data to lower storage tiers to reduce
costs. In addition to performance and cost benefits, FAST delivers heightened
levels of efficiency, including lowering power and cooling expenses, while
dramatically improving and lowering operating expenses.
"For Brisbane Airport Corporation, this results in a low-risk storage
environment, coupled with predictable performance, vital in a virtualized
desk-top environment," said Darren McCullum, VCE, VMware and Cisco Technology
"It's always exciting for us to work with our customers and partners, to help
transform their business, achieving greater agility and efficiency, and
ultimately realizing significant power reduction and the resultant positive
environmental impact for which our technology is world renowned," said Duncan
Bennt, VP, VMware, ANZ.
"Like many other enterprises, airports must provide the highest availability
of operations while offering maximum flexibility to accommodate the ever
changing needs of their business environment. Cisco is pleased that Brisbane
Airport Corporation has selected the scalable and easy to manage Cisco Unified
Computing System to provide it with more flexibility and greater agility as it
expands to achieve its 'Airport City' vision," said Mr. Courtney Dodds, the data
center portfolio manager for Cisco Australia and New Zealand.