TAP’s insistence on always being at the forefront is a constant in all areas of its business, and it has had a number of proven successes over the years.
Information technology is one of these areas, and an example is the data processing centres – or data centres – installed at the campus and which are considered to be state-of-the-art.
Implemented in 2008 and 2009 – after exhaustive impact studies and the search for solutions with a view to providing TAP with the facilities to house its own information and communications systems and minimise the risk of downtime and data loss – the two processing centres are in buildings 19 and 34, where they take up 360 and 170 square metres, respectively. They are the largest dedicated data centres in the country and form the TAP cloud.
During the study phase, it was concluded that because of the size of its campus – 220,000 square metres – TAP was in a position to install these infrastructures rather than contracting them out to external services, thereby ensuring significant financial advantages for the company and enabling more accessible and secure solutions.
“After a number of years everything remains up to date and we receive visits from businesses and schools: the former to see how things work and to help them decide what to do, the latter so that future generations will understand the demands of computing, security and monitoring in large and strategically important companies, like TAP Portugal. Our visitors are impressed by the size and processes of the enterprise architecture, the solution design, integration with external clouds, and the management and monitoring implemented”, said Nelson Cardoso, TAP IT Solutions and Services manager.
The numbers are impressive and speak for themselves: more than 700 servers (most of which are virtual), 1.6 petabytes of system disks and backups, more than 200 virtual data networks, hundreds of databases, dozens of communication network security systems (firewalls), 16 thousand users – TAP, TAP partners and service providers – multiple connections to the internet and to partners. All of this exists to ensure a high-quality service in order to enhance the business and help TAP grow, supported by specialised teams that are able to overcome any challenge.
The data processing centres are open to any member of staff who would like to visit them. Guided tours can be arranged by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org