Juniper wins Abu Dhabi airport contract
Dubai, October 20, 2011
Juniper Networks, the industry leader in network innovation, announced that Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac), owner and operator of five airports in Abu Dhabi, has awarded it with a 10-year infrastructure frame contract.
The move was made to support an aggressive expansion program designed to transform Abu Dhabi Airports into world-class facilities, a statement from the company said.
In support of its expansion plans, Adac, wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi government, has embarked on a large-scale transformation program, including upgrading its existing network infrastructure to build an MPLS network and “cloud-ready” data centers, while lowering capital and operating expenditure.
After a two-year evaluation process, Adac selected EX Series ethernet switches and MX Series 3D universal edge routers from Juniper Networks’ universal edge portfolio, creating the infrastructure to underpin its innovative new services and facilities.
“Our overall goal was to enable the provisioning of world-class facilities by implementing a service provider-grade network while reducing cost of ownership and capital and operational expenditure,” said Michael Ibbitson, vice president, information and communications systems, Adac.
“Juniper Networks won the 10-year contract after successfully showing significant savings in acquiring and operating its infrastructure and due to its availability, scalability, resilience and services-rich technical capabilities,” he added.
Juniper Networks’ wired infrastructure will provide a number of services to Adac’s multitenant environment. Wireless networks, unified communications, multicast video streams and virtual private data will be converged on the Juniper Networks MLPS infrastructure, delivering layer 2 and layer 3 services to meet the need of any application running within the airport, the statement said.
Mike Marcellin, vice president, product marketing and business strategy, platform systems division, Juniper Networks, said: “Adac’s demanding multitenant environment requires unmatched flexibility and reliability to support advanced services and applications.”
“By choosing Juniper Networks, Adac can deploy a carrier-class network with the optimum combination of performance and low-footprint, low power-consumption and low heat-dissipation,” he said.
Powered by Juniper’s single-source operating system, Junos, the MX Series provides a consistent operating environment that streamlines network operations and improves the availability, performance and security of all types of services supported at the universal edge.
The MX960 3D universal edge router is a high density layer 2 and layer 3 ethernet platform with a variety of compelling use cases. It provides a range of ethernet services, including VPLS services for multi-point connectivity, the statement said.
Adac is also using EX4200 ethernet switches with Virtual Chassis fabric technology, which enables up to 10 interconnected switches to operate as a single, logical device.
The technology helps Adac to reduce the number of managed devices in the network, lowering capital and operating expenses while providing the highest levels of availability for demanding converged data, voice and video environments. It also delivers the most reliable platform for unifying enterprise communications, it said. – TradeArabia News Service