Effectively automate the provisioning of production-ready cloud infrastructure resources for the world’s largest airport and provide IT services for all onsite organizations and public services.
As a complete green-field project, Istanbul Grand Airport experienced very tight deadlines; the airport needed to be completed and open within four years of the start of construction. During the final year, one key objective was the design and implementation of the full IT infrastructure needed for running the airport in addition to supporting the IT service requirements of all onsite organizations. The overall IT project was broken down into 50+ sub-projects with different teams. The IT architecture was carefully designed to ensure there would be no single point of failure, since each IT component has availability and redundancy built in as standard.
The complexity of the airport environment puts a huge administrative burden on IGA. 750 different IT rooms and three datacenters house 5,000 servers and 6,500 network devices. 40,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as security cameras, intercoms, AC units, lifts, and escalators are connected to the network. Each hour 100,000 health status data points are recorded, analyzed, and actioned, while 150,000 key metrics are constantly monitored.
It soon became clear to Emrah Bayarçelik, Infrastructure & Security Group Manager for IGA, that simply investing in human resources would not be sufficient to get the job done: “During the planning phase, we defined all IT and non-IT assets that make up our architecture. For the cloud automation project, we needed to consider our internal customers, the airport departments, but we also provide network services to everyone associated with the airport, such as airlines, ground services, food and beverage, duty-free, hotels, cargo companies, and medical facilities, including hospitals. We receive IT requests from them all. Our challenge was hiring qualified IT administration resources to manage these. We soon determined that we needed elasticity, automatic provisioning, easy management, and standardization of our IT processes.”