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Gatwick Airport plans a first to reduce its Server Count

With the advances on where to store data and also how much can be stored, if upgrading means big savings can be made then Car Hire Gatwick Airport think it is a win win situation. 

The central operational database at Gatwick Airport is planning to move it over to the cloud as part of a wider plan to consolidate its data centre estate. The airport has been under major IT changes since it was sold by BAA in 2009, has the aim of a ‘cloud first’ policy as it aims to reduce its server count from 800 to 250 over the next three years.

Head of IT service delivery at Gatwick Airport Anthony Lamoureux said, “Everything at Gatwick is going to be cloud. Or certainly the strategy is that the answer is cloud, now tell me why it can’t be cloud.”

A major portion of the plan is to move its airport operational databases (AODB) off-premise, which contain a wide variety of logistical information that is essential to the running of the airport. By placing this information in the cloud, Gatwick Airport expects to do away with between 90-100 servers currently devoted to running its operational database, bringing savings of more than a few hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. This would make Gatwick the first airport in the world to use the cloud-based operational database.