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August 12, 2014

Gulf Air has roped in global application delivery networking leader F5 networks to optimise the availability, reliability and security of around 100 critical business applications for better connectivity, collaboration and innovation among the employees within and outside the organisation.

The national carrier of the Kingdom had reduced annual losses by 52 per cent by adopting its 2013 restructuring strategy thereby helping post the company's best financial performance in eight years.

The partnership with the Seattle based company will entail Gulf Air consolidating existing systems and pave way for future growth by deploying F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) to simplify, automate and customise 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 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 Acting CEO Gulf Air Maher Salman Al Musallam.

"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," Director of Information Technology Gulf Air Dr. Jassim Haji.

Technology is at the forefront of Gulf Air's recent resurgence, which has been driven by a number of major cost-saving initiatives delivering 28 per cent cost-savings year-on-year and a 14% passenger yield increase between 2012 and 2013. In March this year, it received IDC's Best Innovation Award for its open-source Big Data cloud solution featuring Arabic sentiment analysis the fifth such accolade in less than a year.

Gulf Air became the first private organisation in Bahrain to introduce Private Cloud Computing and in June this year, it became the first company in the region to achieve a hat-trick of ISO certifications for its IT operations to include Quality Management, Service Management and Information Security Management Systems.

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Source: Daily Tribune (Bahrain)

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