With aging hardware and hard drives getting high in hours, Collegians were running IGT’s Advantage Club on bare metal servers, and performance was starting to lag. Rather than simply replace server hardware like for like, Gaming Manager, Mark Boniface, sought to make more of his compute budget when preparing for upgrades.
Having run multiple servers on a Single HP Proliant server with VMware vSphere virtualisation for a number of years, Mr Boniface is well acquainted with the flexibility that this architecture provides. At the same time, IGT have been provisioning Advantage Club on virtualised servers for a number of years. The decision was obvious.
Collegians engaged WISE MSP to design and deploy the compute and virtualisation layers of the new system, and work with IGT to deploy new server images, upgrading IGT’s capabilities. Given solid pre-project planning, open communication with all stakeholders, and good people, the project was well executed and painless.
This is certainly the model for gaming systems upgrades.