MANAMA: Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the operator and managing body 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 BAC chief executive Mohamed Al Binfalah, during an event held under the patronage of Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Kamal Ahmed.
Following a tour of the facility with senior officials from BAC and GBM, Mr 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, facilities and critical infrastructure, aimed at increasing the airport’s contributions 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.”
The CDC initiative was launched in 2016, with manufacturing completed by GBM in 17 weeks, several civil and electrical projects taking place throughout last year, and BAC systems migrations fully completed in January this year.