Leeds Bradford International Airport
Owned by Bridgepoint Capital, Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) offers passenger flights to over 70 leisure and business locations.
LBIA delivers a punctual service and best-in-class facilities to maximise the travel experiences of the more than three million passengers who pass through its gates every year. Airport facilities include a passenger terminal that houses an array of shopping, dining and travel services.
Centralise storage to complement virtual infrastructure
With Bridgepoint’s 2007 purchase of LBIA came the private-equity firm’s commitment to develop the airport to increase passenger throughput, expand the route network and enhance terminal facilities to deliver best-in-class services to passengers and visitors.
For Adrian Rollins, IT manager at LBIA, delivering on these objectives meant taking a hard look at the airport’s existing IT infrastructure, built on physical servers with local storage. “We were already experiencing the problems of server sprawl – that is, proliferating but underutilised hardware, high support costs, rising energy usage, and decentralised backup/recovery processes that had the potential to put some business applications and data at risk. Expanding the current structure to meet the growth and business continuity requirements of Bridgepoint’s master plan for the airport would have only exacerbated IT issues.”
Rollins says that detailed cost analyses and a looming capital spend to replace end-of-life systems accelerated the search for a more scalable and cost-effective IT solution. Working with Phoenix Software, a leading provider of consultancy, development and software auditing, the LBIA team determined that a virtualised-server environment with shared storage would better support the airport’s changing business requirements and priorities.
In conjunction with the decision to move to a VMware-based environment, LBIA outlined the following essential storage requirements:
- High availability and replication technologies to implement affordable disaster recovery (DR) and ensure business continuity
- Administrative simplicity and cost efficiencies to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)
- Architecture flexibility to support growth and responsive business service