Liverpool Airport are flying with IT overhaul


Managed services and cloud computing specialist, ANS Group, has secured a three year contract with Liverpool John Lennon Airport to design and implement a Managed Infrastructure Service with disaster recovery.

The new contract will see ANS Group consolidate the airport’s existing server estate and improve its Disaster Recovery capabilities by establishing a secondary data centre site. The airport has become one of the UK’s top 10 busiest airports, handling over 4.5 million passengers in 2012. As the airport has grown and its internal systems have increased in complexity, a more robust Infrastructure was required in order to ensure business continuity.

ANS will unify the airport’s server estate into a production Data Centre using FlexPod i3 architecture, technology designed by Cisco, NetApp and VMware. This is to replace the airports aging server technology and will increase the resilience and availability of corporate business systems by removing single points of failure. The airport will also be able to deploy new systems with reduced cost and increased efficiency, allowing them to maintain a competitive advantage.

The decision to commisson a second Data Centre site for Disaster Recovery is in line with the airport’s plan to improve recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). With improved disaster recovery, the business will see data restored more efficiently should a flood, fire or system down incident occur.

The deal is the latest in a string of new contracts for ANS. The business has seen consistent growth in its Managed Services division, supporting De Vere Group, Salford City Council and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and was named the number one provider of FlexPod customer projects in Europe.
Paul Sweeney, Managing Director of ANS Group, said: “Airports by their nature require well managed and resilient IT systems with high availability and business continuity.

“Liverpool Airport’s Managed Infrastructure Service will reduce operational costs and, most importantly, protect critical business systems – essential for a growing, international airport.

“Working with a large name like Liverpool John Lennon Airport is a further achievement for our business as we look to grow and maintain our place as one of the best in the sector.”

John Fazakerley, IT & Telecoms Manager at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, said: “An increasing number of operations rely on robust IT provision, so maximising uptime is crucial for the day-to-day running of Liverpool John Lennon.
“By unifying our server estate from a number of disparate servers to a single solution it’s easier for us to spot and solve any issues. The consolidation has already increased operational efficiency for our IT team, and will help deliver improved energy efficiency for the airport.

“With the new infrastructure we can be safe in the knowledge that our IT is fit for purpose as the number of carriers we partner with grows.”