Cisco, EMC and VMware virtualisation technology to improve efficiency at Brisbane airport

2 August 2012 (Last Updated August 2nd, 2012 18:30)

The operator of Brisbane Airport in Australia has selected a new virtualisation technology from Cisco, EMC and VMware to build a private cloud-computing environment to enhance business agility and operational efficiency.

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The operator of Brisbane Airport in Australia has selected a new virtualisation technology from Cisco, EMC and VMware to build a private cloud-computing environment to enhance business agility and operational efficiency.

Brisbane Airport (BAC) serves more than 21 million passengers every year and has plans to develop into a major commercial centre for business and leisure to support economic and cultural development in Brisbane and Queensland.

BAC technology manager Stephen Tukavkin said: "To achieve our vision, Brisbane Airport requires a highly available and resilient data centre infrastructure platform that will scale to support our future expansion."

The operator has hired Corpnet, a unit of Logicalis, to deploy Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), Cisco Nexus switches, EMC VNX storage system and VMware vSphere server virtualisation software at the airport.

BAC's IT department will combine its networking, computing, storage and server virtualisation in a private cloud with Cisco UCS to provide new services and applications.

The deployment of Cisco UCS Manager for automated, policy-based management, allows the airport to streamline its operations.

BAC expects that the new system from Cisco, EMC and VMware to support the scaled-up demand in future, as the operator is planning to invest in its infrastructure, including a new parallel runway, terminal upgrade and increase in freight operations.

"The deployment of Cisco UCS Manager for automated, policy-based management, allows the airport to streamline its operations."

BAC is also set to reduce its energy consumption and cooling costs by approximately 20% by centralising and virtualising different projects and applications.

Designed for virtualised environments, EMC's VNX 5300 storage solution incorporates fully automated storage tiering (FAST) technology, which allows movement of high-performance data to enterprise Flash drives to enhance application and storage system performance.

The storage solution will also move the less active data to lower storage tiers to cut costs.

VCE, VMware and Cisco Technology alliance manager Darren McCullum said: "For Brisbane Airport Corporation, this results in a low-risk storage environment, coupled with predictable performance, vital in a virtualised desk-top environment."


Image: Cisco Unified Computing System is expected to offer business agility and reliability to the airport. Photo: courtesy of Cisco.