Gulf Air partners with US firm for IT overhaul
Manama, August 11, 2014
Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, carrier, has partnered with F5 Networks, a global leader in application delivery networking, to optimise the availability, reliability and security of around 100 critical business applications.
The partnership will entail Gulf Air consolidating existing systems and paving the way for future growth by deploying F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) to simplify, automate, and customize application delivery. It will also deploy F5’s BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM), a flexible, high-performance access and security solution that provides unified global access to applications and the network.
In addition to boosting 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).
“Gulf Air is all about continuous improvement that not only meets today’s challenges head on, and with minimal waste, but also anticipates the future. F5 gives us the freedom to evolve at pace and ensures that our service delivery is the best it can possibly be,” said Maher Salman Al Musallam, Acting CEO, Gulf Air.
Dr Jassim Haji, director of IT, Gulf Air, said: “Gulf Air’s transformation into one of the region’s most technology-savvy companies is at the heart of our growth strategy.F5’s solutions introduce a new and essential level of flexibility for our workers in a secure, efficient and eminently scalable manner. It also saves us a considerable amount on TCO by consolidating existing systems.”
“Gulf Air is a shining example in the Middle East of a company that has used IT in an innovative and cost-effective way to achieve extraordinary results,” said Diego Arrabal, VP, Southern Europe and Middle East at F5.
“F5 is proud to contribute to Gulf Air’s ongoing success story, and put in place a future-proof platform that can scale and adapt to emerging technology and business initiatives.” – TradeArabia News Service