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Genting Casino play their cards right with Hyperconvergence solution

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Published 05-Oct-2018 13:26:03
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Genting Casino deploys Scale Computing across its UK sites in a move to meet distributed enterprise demands. The leading casino chain plans to roll out the deployment of the HC3 platform across its 42 sites, enabling simplified management, IT resiliency and high performance. 

Situation

Genting Casino is part of the wider Genting Group, established in Malaysia in 1965. The organisation is a global business currently valued at $24 billion,with interests spread across the world. Genting UK is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of the Genting Group, which set up its foundations in 2016 through Genting Casinos. The company is now one of the largest gaming operators in the UK, with 42 casinos spread across the country, as well as gaming available online. Well known venues include Crockfords, the exclusive casino in Mayfair, and the Genting Hotel in Birmingham, which is the first UK resort with an international casino offering.

With 42 locations to service, and each of these needing continuous delivery, Genting Casinos looked into the option of an IT upgrade. The company wanted a robust and resilient solution, but with the ability to manage
multiple sites, in the same way as distributed enterprise with remote and branch offices. Each of the casinos had previously built an IT environment that consisted of three separate HP servers with VMware, but it was difficult and complex to manage. In addition, with no business continuity or resilience the casinos were left vulnerable.

Genting Casinos wanted to upgrade its IT environment, with the primary focus of storage efficiency and resilience. One of the key challenges was the need to manage multiple sites, meaning the company required an edge computing system. With this in mind, the company decided to pursue a hyperconverged platform. Senior Systems Engineer at Genting Casinos noted, “We wanted to modernise our IT environment, but it was essential that any new platform could cater to our multiple site demands. We embarked on a project to replace the existing IT hardware, but for us it wasn’t about storage or capacity, we wanted a platform that would simplify management, offer high performance and resilience. Hyperconvergence seemed like a natural fit, and we knew this was the way forward."

Reduced costs

The inherent simplicity of Scale Computing has also eliminated any need for training or certification. Likewise, there are no addition licensing fees to pay as Scale Computing uses its own HyperCore operating system and KVM-based hypervisor. They added, “Any training or certification would not have been an option for us. With 42 sites, this would have taken up a lot of resources, pulling away valuable team members. We needed a solution that would be quick and easy to set up, and implement, and Scale Computing ticked these boxes.”

 

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