Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has embarked on a five-year project to modernise its IT infrastructure.
As reported by ComputerWeekly.com, the airport operator is using virtualisation to target cost savings, standardised IT, highly-available infrastructure and a centrally managed environment.
DAA, which owns and operates Ireland’s three largest airports in Dublin, Cork and Shannon, is seeking to increase efficiencies across its portfolio.
Combined the airports handled almost 23 million passengers in 2011, creating various logistical challenges which require IT solutions.
The DAA team has invested in a complete virtualised infrastructure.
This includes servers, storage, back-up, disaster recovery features as well as centralised management support.
DAA has already moved 150 servers to the new infrastructure, and in total it aims to include more than 360 in the project.
Martin Clohessy, server and storage manager at DAA, said virtualisation has brought "a lot of IT efficiency" plus improved speed delivery and reduced costs.
Last month, Matthew Boon, global manager of Gartner's data centre research team, told the Age that more organisations have been virtualising their IT infrastructures over the last three to four years.
"Virtualisation can reduce the number of servers in data centres, which also reduces power and cooling," he explained.
Posted by Alex Boardman