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

- July 29, 2011 - 1 Comment

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.

With help from Nexus IS, GCA migrated its data center to Switch Communications’ SuperNAP–one of the most powerful data centers in the world. Its network and data center infrastructure includes Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) with Cisco, EMC, and VMWare’s Vblock infrastructure, for end-to-end provisioning and migration support.

The new setup also includes Cisco Nexus switches, for converged network fabric, virtual device contexts to secure traffic, a 10 Gbit backbone, and Cisco 1841 Integrated Services Routers, which provide branch connectivity for extensive WAN topology.

As a result, GCA’s setup is now scalable and easier to manage, freeing engineers for critical projects and reducing operational costs. GCA saved $800,000 in capital costs, and expects to reduce database licensing costs up to 40%. The new setup is green, too—the company has reduced its carbon footprint by several hundred thousand tons per year.

So it was a win-win for everyone, all thanks to Cisco partners. Have you scored any notable customer wins lately? Let us know: We’d love to feature your story here on the blog.


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  1. Looks promising. I have a sister outside of LV,and wonder if they might need a tech for network-scheduling (Midnights).