GMR Logically Separates Hyderabad Airport Network

by Manu Sharma    Dec 18, 2009

Fortinet’s solution at Hyderabad’s airport has helped GMR to logically separate the network without affecting performance.

GMR Group, the Hyderabad-based company, is a growing infrastructure organisation, with interests in airports, highways, energy and urban infrastructure. Among the airports that the group is responsible is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad.

To design the network and security at the Hyderabad airport, GMR acquired a device that would help them logically separate the networks of the customers — airlines, ground handlers, concessionaire, and so on and at the same time, provide them connectivity to common network. M. Rajesh, AGM IT, GMR, said, "We choose Fortinet’s device as it has capability of Virtual Domains (VDOMs) with good performance, which is very useful for airport environments."

Fortinet provides Unified Threat Management (UTM) security systems. Its range of security solutions are flexible enough to help businesses of all sizes meet their security challenges. Fortinet s security platform has been built from the ground up and provides multiple layers of protection and easy management. This will also help increase flexibility in deployment, better security through integration and scalability with changing business requirements. GMR has deployed FG3600A at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad.
The FortiGate platform provides essential network defenses by integrating enterprise firewall, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), intrusion prevention, antivirus/antimalware, Web filtering, anti spam, and application control features. The FG-3000 series, which includes FG-3600A, integrates multiple security services into a modular appliance-based platform. It offers flexible network interface options, including hardware-accelerated Gigabit and a 10 Gigabit Ethernet support. FG3600A has one AMC expansion slot, eight 10/100/1000 interfaces and two SFP (SX/LX/TX) interfaces.

"The deployment took about a week and there was no downtime," said Rajesh. A team of two people has involved onsite and a system integrator was also involved in the team. Rajesh said the challenge was to ensure high availability both active/passive implementation without network downtime. T he solution has been at use for the last eight months at the airport. Rajesh said that all pending activities have been completed successfully.

The airport’s network has been designed as a common infrastructure platform, so that every customer of the airport connects to the common network for their operations. At the same time, each customer s network is logically separated from the other networks, to ensure protection. Fortinet s device is indispensible for achieving this complex connectivity. Rajesh states that it gives good performance as well. "We have really benefited with the box for logical separation of the network," said Rajesh.

Logical separation of the airport network has been achieved.
There is no compromise on network performance or security.