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Basel Aero benefits from virtual desktop infrastructure at Krasnodar and Sochi airports

"After a thorough evaluation of competing solutions, it became clear to us that Fujitsu equipment fully satisfied all of our requirements, combining an affordable price with the functionality tailored to our day-to-day needs."

Alexander Kolesnikov, IT Director, Basel Aero

The customer

Established in 2007, Basel Aero manages airport assets of Basic Element, one of Russia’s leading diversified industrial groups. Since June 2012, Basel Aero is a joint venture of Basic Element, Sberbank of Russia, and Changi Airports International (a wholly owned subsidiary of Changi Airport Group). Basel Aero currently unites airports in Krasnodar, Sochi, Gelendzhik and Anapa. They serve over 8% of Russia’s total passenger traffic and 2% of cargo traffic. Basel Aero is one of the airport industry leaders in terms of development of regional airports in Russia. Basel Aero ranks among the top 3 airport groups in Russia (2008 - 2014).

The challenge

To keep up with the rapid growth of its Krasnodar and Sochi airports, Basel Aero needed to build a robust and highly-scalable IT infrastructure that could support the operation of several hundred virtual desktops serving the numerous non-core activities of these airports. Increasing the fleet of non-virtualized PCs any further became impracticable as it was too costly and labor-intensive. The existing IT infrastructure also lacked sufficient flexibility for quick scalability.

The solution

To solve these tasks, company management decided to build and deploy a server cluster based on Fujitsu PRIMERGY BX900 blade chassis with PRIMERGY BX924 server blades, the Fujitsu ETERNUS DX200 data storage system, and Fujitsu FUTRO L420 zero clients. The VDI infrastructure was deployed using VMware software products of the following lines: ESXi 5.5, vCenter Server 5, VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5 and Horizon 6 View.

The benefit

  • Ease of deployment of virtual and physical machines
  • Dynamic scalability
  • Fully unified architecture


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