In a bid to enhance its security measures, Hamad International Airport has selected DataDirect Networks (DDN) to provide advanced data storage solutions.

Its ongoing expansion will see Hamad capacity grow to 70 million passengers a year. With this enormous volume of travellers, close-circuit television (CCTV) is an essential part of the passenger safety infrastructure for the airport. DDN’s high-performance EXAScaler 7990 systems with IntelliFlash 6200 systems were implemented to meet both primary and secondary recordings, offering 100+ petabytes of storage capacity.

Suhail Kadri, senior vice president technology and innovation at Hamad International Airport said, “Data is an integral enabler for our digital transformation agenda, so partnering with DDN, which has a strong understanding of modern data storage demands, supports our commitment towards offering an innovative, safe and smart airport experience.”

At the start of 2018, DDN made a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment in the State of Qatar by establishing a local sales and support team, a state-of-the-art performance and compatibility test lab, and partnerships with regional technology organisations. Hamad’s decision to select DDN confirms the prudence of this commitment and is a prime example of the unprecedented surge in demand for content optimised storage technology, according to DDN.

"We are very excited to support Hamad International Airport and provide solutions to its complex scale-out storage and IT requirements,” said Laurent Thiers, VP, DDN Storage. “DDN’s solutions can deploy truly scalable storage systems and efficiently and safely implement online video archives designed to hold months to years of security camera with significantly fewer systems, less network infrastructure, space and power." 

Image: Hamad International Airport