Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 23 - Page 49

COUNTRY FOCUS: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN Manager® (a flexible, high-performance access and security solution that provides unified global access to applications and the network). In addition, F5® BIG-IP® Link Controller™ manages and reroutes connections based on link type and quality, ensuring a better user experience and reducing downtime. As well as improving overall operational efficiency and slashing total cost of ownership (TCO), F5’s solutions will scale to handle Gulf Air’s future growth trajectory, enabling the airline to tap into the benefits of emerging technologies such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Software- Defined Storage (SDS). Gulf Air IT data centre achieves Tier Three Standard Compliance Gulf Air currently runs over 200 applications online supported by F5 technology, including email services, reservation systems and enterprise resource planning (ERP) and Electronic Flight Bag, eEnablement setup for newly introduced aircrafts. “We made a strategic decision to partner with F5 because they are consistently ranked as one of the top leaders in enterprise security,” said Dr Haji. “F5 has also successfully provisioned crucial services to our users and customers in an efficient and secure manner for the past eight years. We are now proud to announce that we can protect the Gulf Air network from possible threats that are initiated from legitimate secure traffic based on behaviour, rather than relying on traditional security measures.” Taj El Khayat, Gulf, Levant and North Africa Director, F5 Networks, said: “We are extremely proud of our long-standing relationship with Gulf Air, which is a case in point for how forward-looking, app-centric planning – combined with robust business objectives – can yield genuinely transformational results. F5 DDoS Hybrid Defender is not simply a collection of security point products but a tightly integrated system to defend against today’s most damaging DDoS attacks. We are delighted that it is already proving its operational value.” n Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Maher Salman Al Musallam (second from left) celebrates the achievement of Tier Three standard compliance in the carrier’s data centre in the presence of Dr Jassim Haji (centre), Director Information Technology, Gulf Air, and others G ulf Air has celebrated its newly renovated IT data centre achieving Tier Three standard compliance classification. As part of the celebration, its Chief Executive Officer Maher Salman Al Musallam visited the IT data centre, formally inaugurating the upgraded facility which allows the airline to ensure that their hosted mission- critical services are continuously available. Al Musallam said: “Gulf Air’s business relies heavily on the reliability, availability and stability of its IT services, and as a result, upgrading our IT Data Centre was a priority for the airline. I’m delighted with what we have achieved.” Dr Jassim Haji, Gulf Air Director Information Technology, said: “Gulf Air has renovated its IT data centre to satisfy the requirements and comply with the world renowned Tier Three standard and achieving this classification confirms our compliance with best practice and standards as we continually strive to improve the airline’s business sustainability, continuity and commitments.” Gulf Air’s state-of-the-art, energy efficient data centre at the airline’s headquarters is also one of the most environmentally friendly IT centres in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The national carrier’s Data Centre Tier Three compliance fits into a wider digital transformation vision that was recently underscored by becoming the world’s first airline to achieve seven ISO certifications in Information Technology earlier this year. n INTELLIGENTCIO 49