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Cisco Partners Build Secure Data Center for Vegas-Based Global Cash Access

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 »

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Is Your Network Ready for the Cloud Journey?

For many months now, we’ve talked about the Journey to Cloud Computing and how an evolution within your Data Center is needed to make that a reality. In many cases, we looked at this from an application perspective, focused on the interaction between automation, applications, servers, storage and the edges of the network.

But many of you have asked us to provide you a broader understanding of the role the Network plays in the Journey to Cloud Computing. Specifically you’ve asked us to highlight several areas:

  • What is Cisco’s perspective and strategy around the usage of multiple types of Cloud Computing (Private, Public, Hybrid, Community) and what is needed from the network to interconnect all these offerings?
  • How does my business manage the network transitions needed between today’s applications (often client-server), the virtualization of those application, and next-generation web and big data applications?
  • What considerations do we need to make within my Data Center as we try and maximize efficiency and scalability?
  • What considerations do we need to make at the edges of our networks when the proliferation of devices is almost out of control?
  • Are there ways to protect my network investments while still having the flexibility to deal with the business uncertainties that are around the next corner?
Is Your Network Ready for the Journey?
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The journey thus far… Cisco VXI with VMware

Well it’s about a week since we wrapped up Cisco Live…  Looking back, it was a great week of insights, dialog with customers, and some great interaction with our partner ecosystem.  This year’s Cisco Live was special for VXI, as it marked the major “coming out” of our end-to-end VXI system at this venue, with lots of proof points established in the 9 months since we launched at Cisco’s Collaboration Summit.

I’m especially excited about the traction our joint solution with VMware has gained, as demonstrated by customers embracing VXI and desktop virtualization.  I had the opportunity to join James Lomonaco (Senior Manager Alliance Marketing, VMware) in an interview discussing the journey thus far with our joint solution for desktop virtualization – you can check it out here.   In the coming weeks you’re going to hear more about the joint innovation we share, and some great examples of why the Cisco-VMware solution presents a truly interlocked, integrated solution combining the most innovative, and widely adopted hypervisor platform (VMware vSphere), with the most rapidly growing x86 bladesystem (Cisco UCS).  This workspace-optimized infrastructure integrated with VMware View, delivers on the promise of the highest-fidelity user centric computing platform for customers on their journey to IT as a service.

In an upcoming post, I’ll share with you some real examples of joint innovation in the Cisco-VMware solution that make this platform unlike any other when it comes to supporting desktop virtualization.  As you know, VMworld 2011 is only weeks away, and we’ll have a great suite of content for you to take in, as you make your way back to Vegas, so stay tuned…

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Cisco Partner Update News Roundup: July 1-21

It’s time for another edition of Partner Update, our video newscast covering the top Cisco partner news headlines in five minutes (or less). While this update is less than four minutes long, it’s jam-packed with news and announcements for partners.

The first item is so hot off the presses, so it didn’t make our newscast. Keith Goodwin just posted a blog today highlighting the next step in the evolution of Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Organization and how it affects partners. The changes fall into three main areas: Partner Led, Partner Marketing, and geographic alignment. Keith also provides information about the new executive team in his post.

For the rest of your breaking news, watch this week’s Partner Update video. This week’s top headlines include: a full recap of Cisco Live, how your customers can get twice the power per Ethernet port, tips to help service providers capitalize on the cloud, new apps that help you manage servers from anywhere, huge WebEx discounts for partners, and more.

Tune in and watch the latest partner news:

Read on for more details, time stamps so you can jump ahead to news items of interest, and links to what we covered in this week’s newscast.

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A Sneak Peek of the UCS 2nd Year Celebration

Last night we kicked off the week in style with a celebration of our Unified Computing Systems. July marks the 2nd year that we’ve been shipping our UCS products and we were happy to mark the occasion surrounded by some of our best customers and our UCS executives at the Mix Lounge atop THEHotel in fabulous Las Vegas. Of course, not all of our 5,400 customers could attend live, so we’ll be sharing highlights from the event over the next few days.

It was a fun way to start out the week! We have some great, enthusiastic customers. And you can’t have a birthday party without a cake, but this one was a little different… check it out below:

Stay tuned for more on the UCS 2nd year celebration!

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