Brisbane Airport Corporation was founded in 1997 as the result of a Federal Government initiative to privatise public infrastructure. The privately held company is a vitally important transport and economic hub for the Queensland economy. It provides a transit point for tourists and agribusiness exports that are produced in the State’s tropical hinterland.
The airport hosts businesses that are projected to employ more than 50,000 staff by 2029. The airport’s administration team is responsible for every aspect of the management and upkeep of the 2,700ha facility. BAC was recognised with the prestigious Premier’s sustainability award in 2014 and actively assists community groups with sponsorship and grants that exceed $1.2M annually.
BAC’s storage infrastructure consisted of a high availability SAN array that was replicated across two data centres. The system’s performance was failing to keep pace with business demands, while increased support costs and capacity constraints compounded this problem.
Limited storage space meant that files were prematurely archived to make extra space just to meet the daily business requirements.
Even worse for the administrators was that occasional backups failed crucial integrity checks posing a dire business risk, and costing additional resource time to troubleshoot. A competitive tender was called to find a complete solution that would solve these issues.
The upgrade has improved system responsiveness with the faster disc system increasing the speed of every process. A system backup that typically took 12 hours is now completed in just one hour.
MOQdigital was awarded the storage upgrade tender and set about performing a detailed analysis of storage utilisation and gaining better insights into the needs of BAC. An EMC storage array was selected as a suitable replacement with initial storage capacity scaled to meet three years of projected data growth.