Case Study : IT Infrastructure - Network, Security & Storage


AAI manages 125 airports, which include 11 International Airport, 08 Customs Airports, 81 Domestic Airports and 27 Civil Enclaves at Defence airfields.

AAI had floated an RFP for selection of partners for establishment of Airport Operations Control Center at 10 airports under build, operate own and transfer model. AAI was looking at a comprehensive solution containing Compute, Network and Data Management with a strong security tier in place.



Routers        :         Juniper - M7i, SRX240
Switches        :         Juniper – EX 8200, 4200
Firewal        :         Juniper – SRX 3400
NIPS        :         McAfee – M8030
AAA        :         Juniper – SBR
LLB, SLB        :         Array – APV 2600, 1600
Web Security        :         McAfee – Web Gateway 5500
Servers        :         Dell – M820, R520
Storage, Backup, VTL EMC        :         VNX7500, Networker, Data Domain


The IT infrastructure from leading OEMs had been proposed at different Airports to build state of the art platform providing resilient solution catering to the critical AOCC applications.

Both Data Center, Primary DC located at Chennai and DR at Kolkata were equipped with redundant links from multiple ISP’s and hardware deployed in HA to provide high uptime.

The proposed MPLS connectivity provided flat topology to all the Data Centres of AOCC and each of these sites were connected to one common MPLS backbone. This offered very high level of scalability and flexibility in terms of applications & network.

The security strategy to protect the Airport Authority environment revolved around the following key elements:

End Point Security Framework: An open framework and architecture for protecting end user systems. The architecture provided advanced protection capability and the framework provided capability expansion without long deployment times or additional personnel.

Web Vector Framework Architecture: The architecture provided comprehensive protection capability on the web as a vector of attack and data ex-filtration.

Server Security Framework: An open framework and architecture for protecting server systems. The architecture provided advanced protection capability and the framework provided capability expansion without long deployment times or additional personnel.

Network Security Framework: It is a framework for securing network as attack vector. In this framework we proposed NIPS which would get additional context information from integration with endpoint security framework.

Blade Servers was proposed for centralizing multiple blades in a single enclosure for provision of power, cooling, management and other functions. The offered blade enclosure helped to reduce the cost and complexity of managing blade resources with the help of powerful management tools, flexible remote management & outstanding efficiency. The servers were equipped with exceptional processing power designed for high-end databases and dense data center environments. The newest generation of offered server’s family is engineered with the right combination of features and performance scalability to handle tough workloads for large data center environments.

To manage the exploding information growth while keeping costs down and meeting stringent service levels, the solution helped AAI meet the challenges with a consolidated unified storage solution built with EMC’s VNX Series, Backup Infrastructure containing EMC Networker Backup Software and EMC’s leading Data domain series of Virtual Tape library. This next generation, innovative and high-performance platform was designed for virtualized application environments and provided a robust platform for storage consolidation of legacy block storage, file servers and direct-attached storage applications drives the highest storage capacity utilization rates possible and delivers the most comprehensive offering of advanced data protection, data management and data security software.

The solution proposed covered the major portion of IT infrastructure and laid the framework over which the software modules and applications ran accomplishing the requirement and providing a unified platform for effective collaborative decision making and helped in overall operations of the Airports functioning.


We provided key management systems of operations (AODB, RMS , FIDS etc). Integrating data from different airport systems for applying business rules to achieve the quality objectives is possible. Highly scalable WAN platform helps ensure AAI can meet requirements today and in future.