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Inspur Upgrades Baiyun Airport Information System


The expansion of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport forced it to upgrade and renovate its information system and migrate smoothly its key system to Inpsur Tiansuo K1 system platform, which satisfied the airport’s demand for expansion and stability, brought safe, controllable, and simplified operation and maintenance management to the airport, and reduced a huge amount of costs.

With the integration of the global economy, air transportation is becoming increasingly important in China’s economic development. According to the Statistics Bulletin of the Development of the Civil Aviation Industry in 2013 released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, although the world economy was barely recovering and the possibility of national economic downturn was increasing, passenger throughput in China’s civil aviation airports still reached 754,000,000, up by 11.0% year on year; and cargo throughput reached 12,585,200 tons, up by 4.9% year on year.

As one of China’s 3 airline hubs, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (hereafter referred to as “Baiyun Airport”) operated at an overload. In 2013, passenger throughput reached 57 million, accounting for 7.6% of the total and ranking second among 193 certificated airports in the whole country. It made great contributions to China’s economic development.

The rapidly increasing demand forces Baiyun Airport to invest 18.854 billion yuan in the expansion of the airport. The third runway and terminal 3 will be built and put into use in 2014 and 2014 respectively. When the time comes, the airport will be able to handle a passenger throughput of 80 million and a cargo throughput of 2.5 million tons a year. 


The management of Baiyun Airport has decided to follow in the footsteps of advanced airports in the world and act on international convention so as to provide better services for customers. With the perfection of infrastructure, the gap between Baiyun Airport and advanced airports in the world will be a matter of soft power, which means that the airport needs to establish a world-class information system and support its operation and management with a world-class hardware environment. What is interesting is that Inspur Tiansuo K1, a domestic minicomputer, will undertake the task.

Problems left over from depending on foreign minicomputer

The information construction of Baiyun Airport began international bidding from 2002, and installation of some products began in 2003. At that time, one could only choose minicomputers, servers, databases, networks and operating systems from foreign brands. Therefore, Baiyun Airport’s core system, like many other mission critical applications, operated in foreign minicomputers. As a result, there were inevitably security risks, and it cost a lot of money to purchase and maintain hardware and relevant software.

Inspur Tiansuo K1 played the leading role and tripled in performance

In January, 2013, Inspur Tiansuo K1 was officially released. But before that it had been used in the Xinjiang Branch of China Construction Bank (CCB) for 2 years and there were no mistakes in the migration and operation of all core business systems, which causes a sensation in the industry. The Guangdong Branch of CCB made a tour of observation to Xinjiang in September, 2013 and then removed its application, “Yuelongyun,” from foreign minicomputers to Tiansuo K1. Baiyun Airport did not want to be left behind. In the last half of 2013, the airport began investigating the mainframe K1 and considering domestic minicomputers for hardware renovation.

In that year, Edward Snowdon made Chinese IT products a hot topic in procurement, and information security became the focus. In January, 2014, Inspur launched the “K Migration Project,” the major purpose of which was to advance the replacement of imported minicomputers by the company’s mainframes of the K1 series. Having learned Inpur’s migration methodology, ecosystem and mature services, Baiyun Airport decided to officially begin testing domestic mainframes. Inspur lived up to expectations by sending a technical team to complete system debugging and optimization for the airport.

Inspur Tiansuo K1 System

According to Baiyun Airport’s demand, Inspur provided it with the high-performance Tiansuo K1 930 System with 96 core processors to operate the airport’s database system, resource management system, field management system, internal enquiry system, and other core business systems. High availability was achieved by means of 6 computer nodes and clustered K-HA.

Meanwhile, since the systems of the original management platform are loosely deployed on various old foreign minicomputer platforms, Inspur designed suitable high availability deployment for each application levels. In cooperation with domestic middleware manufacturers and application manufacturers, Inspur attempted to replace the foreign manufacturer’s CIIMS.

For the airport’s practical application, Inspur Tiansuo K1 930 System divided 6 physical partitions, and each partition was equipped with 16 core processers, 64G internal storage, 2 hard disks, 2 independent network cards and 2 HBA cards. Partitions 1 and 2 formed a hot standby cluster to operate the airport’s key database system. Partition 3 was in charge of the resource distribution and management system. Partition 4 operated the field management system, and partition 5 the internal enquiry system. Partition 6 and partitions 3, 4, and 5 formed a 3+1 high-available cluster. The partitions were isolated electronically so as to ensure high stability and reliability for the operation of the system.

At present, the solution developed by Inspur has been tested in real production environment. The result shows that Inspur Tiansuo K1 System is capable of supporting the Oracle database used by the company and the compatibility of the key system is no longer a problem. Compared with former foreign devices, each partition triples in performance, which fully satisfies Baiyun Airport’s demand for information construction in order to build a better future.

Leading domestication

The successful test of Inspur Tiansuo K1 System in Baiyun Airport set an example for China’s leading airports to migrate their business systems to domestic minicomputer applications. Baiyun Airport adopted Inspur Tiansuo K1 on its own initiative, which suggested that domestication in civil aviation was only natural.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Premier Li Keqiang once told a true story: some foreign politician wanted to peddle the plane produced by his country, yet on the model of the plane were the words “Made in China.” The premiere wondered how many airplane models China had to make in order to buy a single airplane produced by other countries. “The more I think about it, the worse I find the deal is,” he said. This story also saddened those Chinese working in the field of civil aviation.

However, Inspur Tiansuo K1 changed the situation in the field of civil aviation airports’ IT architecture. It is reported that apart from Baiyun Airport, such airline hubs in China as Beijing Capital International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport have also sent invitations to Inspur to discuss its products and solutions.

The successful trial of the K1 system in Baiyun airport made the three major airports have a new understanding of domestic mainframes, which laid a solid foundation for promoting the application of domestic IT solutions in the fields of civil aviation airports and transportation.

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