Any trip to Las Vegas would be incomplete without at least one pull of the lever on a slot machine—after all, gaming forms the core of the Las Vegas experience. But what about all that money changing hands? It has to be managed by someone. That someone is Global Cash Access (GCA), which processes US$24 million per day globally, making it the second-largest transaction processor in the world.
GCA’s products and services provide gaming patrons access to cash through a variety of methods, including ATM cash withdrawals, point-of-sale debit card transactions, credit card cash advances, and money transfers. While GCA has a thriving business, it had a problem on its hands—an aging infrastructure. Its network had originally been designed to be highly secure, but its processes were completely manual. The company had 2000 devices deployed in 800 locations worldwide, and provisioning and management was a nightmare. Their system often required at least two engineers and many days to add a new server, application, or customer to the network.
Of course, where there’s a network problem, Cisco partners are there to help. Cisco Gold Partner Nexus IS assisted in planning, designing, and implementing a new network and data center for GCA, while World Wide Technology, also a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, provided planning, design, and implementation for the data center elements of GCA’s infrastructure.
When I was at Cisco Live in Vegas, I got the chance to chat with Dave Elsner, VP of Sales and Marketing at Nexus IS. He filled me in on the process of planning GCA’s new data center, equipment deployed, and what’s in store for the future.
Keep reading to get more details on the new data center, its benefits, and what’s in store for GCA. Read More »
Tags: Cisco Nexus, data center, GCA, nexus IS, partners, UCS, Vblock, world wide technology
Last week I had a great converstation over lunch with Dr. Norm Jacknis, Cisco IBSG. We discussed how cities and counties are leveraging technologies to address issues in local communities despite tight budgets. It was great to catchup in person, but I wanted to continue our conversation so Norm invited me to join him at the National Association of Counties (NACo) conference in Portland, Oregon.
Thanks to the cloud, I was able to attend the NACo 2011 Technology Summit remotely via WebEx.
The theme for the event was County Survival Strategies in Tough Economic Times and showcased counties that have leveraged technologies to reduce county operations costs and enhance service delivery.
See below for highlights
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Tags: Cities, cloud, collaboration, Counties, data center, local government
How long do you expect your electronic gadgets to work for you? Not necessarily how long will devices last before simply breaking, but for what length of time will they usefully perform the functions that you obtained them for?
With technological advances coming faster and faster nowadays – and older systems therefore becoming obsolete quicker and quicker – plus a growing number of devices that have to keep pace with other online systems in order to remain useful, the useful lifespan of our gadgets seems to be shrinking.
A glance around my home office provides a snapshot of how long much of my electronic paraphernalia has been in operation Read More »
Tags: Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, hardware, lifecycle, refresh, Servers
Yesterday the Cisco Live! Las Vegas show concluded and it’s been quite a week. As William Shatner brought in the hilarious yet inspiring closing keynote in the afternoon, I’m looking forward to absorbing all we have heard from customers, analysts, and the press back in San Francisco. Like space exploration, we have not yet seen or predicted all that will change with Cloud.
Staying with the theme this week, I additionally wanted to thank you for your answers to my request for more public references and emailing me with new Cisco Service Provider references built with Unified Service Delivery with Vblocks and FlexPods. Here’s a few:
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Tags: cisco live, Cloud Computing, data center, harris corporation, Service Provider, unified service delivery, William Shatner
As I travel the world, I ask my customers two simple questions:
First, are you virtualizing your data center? (Universally the answer is yes.)
Second, have you deployed any virtual security solution? (Universally the answer is no.)
Wow. How can this be? Does a virtual data center not need security? Not a chance. It needs security more than ever. Most customers are confining their virtualized infrastructure into secure zones, or virtual local area networks (VLANs). That’s useful for a first phase, but excessive VLAN segmentation holds us back from achieving the efficiencies of the utility computing model—and it also gets really complicated really quickly.
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Tags: data center, security, virtualization