Gulf Air gets key IT infrastructure from HP
Manama, June 23, 2014
HP said it is working with Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air for the supply and support of their innovative enterprise IT infrastructure, with a special focus on security and performance.
Gulf Air has introduced several improvements in its IT operations, including the recent introduction of private cloud computing for quicker and more efficient business operations, resulting in enhanced customer service.
They have also adopted several ‘green IT’ solutions, including a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient data center that is recognized as one of the most environment-friendly in Bahrain.
A high-level HP delegation led by Eyad Shihabi, the managing director, HP Middle East, recently visited the Gulf Air headquarters and met the airline’s acting CEO Maher Salman AlMusallam to review the existing architecture and plan ahead for enhancement.
Salman AlMusallam said: “Thanks, in part, to HP’s superior levels of security and performance, Gulf Air sees a reliable partner in the company upon whom we have depended over the years to support the airline’s critical environments. Our relationship is a testament to the airline’s commitment to constantly improve and innovate in our operations and provide the latest and best technology solutions in the interests of our passengers.”
Gulf Air director (IT) Dr Jassim Haji said the implementation of private cloud computing made the need to standardize on the same platform much more immediate.
“In 2009 Gulf Air standardized on HP’s server architecture based on blade technology, thereby enabling the implementation of private cloud computing in 2010. This standardization was not limited to servers only: Gulf Air also standardized its end-users’ workstations, portable computers and other consumables. HP’s support throughout this process was critical to our success.” he stated.
Eyad Shihabi said: "At HP, we pride ourselves on our ability to consult with leading organizations in various industry verticals and build the most effective enterprise IT architecture for their operations."
“Our work with Gulf Air over more than two decades has helped them experience significant benefits and competitive advantages,” he added
Omar Draghmeh, the managing director of HP Bahrain and Kuwait, said: "Gulf Air is one of the most iconic brands in Bahrain, and their focus on efficient IT with a view to a differentiated customer experience is what sets them apart."
"As primary infrastructure providers for Gulf Air’s IT division, we are happy to work alongside the airline as they continuously seek to enhance their IT services. HP brings significant value to this pursuit through our vast global and regional experience," he added.-TradeArabia News Service