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Saudi International Airports Project (IAP) Goes Live with STME’s Virtual Storage Solution





Saudi International Airports Project (IAP) Goes Live with STME’s Virtual Storage Solution

Airport Authority Increases Performance, Efficiency with Storage Strategy


 Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 6 May 2001

  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s International Airports Project (IAP) announced today that it has ‘gone live’ with the implementation of a virtual storage solution from STME, the Middle East’s leading provider of enterprise storage solutions. With its new storage solution, IAP now has the capacity to store, manage and protect all of the critical data from every international and domestic airport throughout the Kingdom, such as logistics systems, personnel systems, airline billing systems and passenger traffic data.

 The business drivers behind IAP’s storage strategy were considerable.  In recent months, IAP assumed responsibility for domestic as well as international airports, raising the number of IAP managed facilities from 10 to 23.  IAP has also adopted quality assurance standards to better serve air travellers throughout the Kingdom.  These new reponsibilities caused IAP to more than double its IT infrastructure as well as the amount of data that IAP needed to manage, resulting in higher costs for man-hours as well as storage space.

 “With IAP’s increased reponsibilities and commitment to customer service, we were actually experiencing more errors and less efficiency in our operations.  IAP’s new enterprise storage strategy from STME has now cut our costs through greater staff productivity and a decreased margin of errors,” said Engineer Faisal Bafadhl, IAP’s

Deputy Director of IT.

 Prior to working with STME, IAP outlined its specific needs for a viable storage strategy, including ease of use, minimal manual intervention, faster data retrieval, greater data integrity, and ease of migration.  IAP also wanted to work with a storage provider who could be vendor-neutral to offer best-of-breed solutions, as well as provide post-sales training and support services.

 The STME storage solution implemented by IAP includes tape technology from STME partner StorageTek. The solution consists of a 500-slot WolfCreek library, three 9840 tape drives and a Virtual Storage Manager (VSM).

 “The tremendous results that IAP has achieved in a short time speak for themselves.  It used to take more than 4 hours to back-up our data, and now we’ve reduced that to just one hour.  Previously IAP had 2,000 off-site cartridges full of mission-critical data with a media life of only 5-years, now we have only 11, and our number of total physical tape cartridges has shrunk from 7,000 to just 45 – an amazing reduction of resources, with 20 years of life-time,” continued Eng. Bafadhl.

 IAP plans to implement later phases of its STME storage strategy as their data grows.  Eng. Bafadel added, “STME’s offering was the superior solution with far more functionality, performance and ease of use.  We were very impressed with the professionalism shown by STME from our initial meeting right through to installation of the system, and IAP is continuing to benefit from STME’s highly acclaimed post-sales hardware and software support.”

 “IAP’s enterprise storage strategy will enable the data center to produce statistics regarding the aviation and mass transportation industry. This data can be used to increase customer service for all of the Kingdom’s air travellers,” noted Andrew Calthorpe, Sales Director of STME.  He added, “The data that IAP is storing through its STME solution can help make air travel in Saudi Arabia more customer-focused than ever before.”

 About IAP

 Presidency of Civil Aviation – International Airports Project implements the civil aviation procedures and regulations, and organizes air traffic within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. IAP is also responsible for the construction, management and operation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s civil airports.


 About STME

  STME is the Middle East region's leading provider of advanced enterprise storage solutions.  With 12 offices across the region and with more than nineteen years of experience in the Middle East, STME is able to provide its customers with best-of-breed technology, integrated solutions and superlative service.  Visit

 For further information, please contact:

Wallis Marketing Consultants

T: (971-4) 332-3225

F: (971-4) 332-3228


Attn: Eileen M. Wallis, Rawia G. Asali




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