Pechanga Resort and Casino Taps EMC for Video Surveillance Solution
Apr 16, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
EMC Corp. announced that Pechanga Resort & Casino, a California casino, owned by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, deployed EMC Isilon scale-out NAS as the primary storage repository for the enormous amount of video footage captured by casino-floor video surveillance cameras.
Using a cluster of 50 Isilon X200 Platform Nodes running Isilon's SmartLock, SmartQuotas, SmartConnect and InsightIQ software applications, in combination with VMware server virtualization and EMC backup and recovery solutions, the Pechanga Resort & Casino reported that it transformed its existing IT infrastructure into a highly scalable data center.
According to a release, the Temecula, California-based Pechanga Resort & Casino features a 200,000 square-foot gaming floor with over 3,000 slot machines. Before deploying EMC Isilon scale-out NAS, Pechanga Resort & Casino had a proprietary surveillance system, attached to casino cameras within the surveillance department. The new integrated infrastructure, part of a complete data center transformation, enabled the Surveillance Department to reduce its data center footprint by 80 percent and significantly cut energy and hardware costs.
Also owned by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, Pechanga Technology Solutions Group (PTSG) served as the consulting IT solutions provider for the Resort & Casino. PTSG's experts in data center and advanced network design for the gaming and hospitality industry assessed Pechanga Resort & Casino's video surveillance system and data center infrastructure with an eye toward managing Big Data in a scalable way.
In the new data center, digital footage captured by the video surveillance cameras is encoded and then transmitted over a 10 GB Cisco IP network. A video management system hosted on VMware virtualized servers with Cisco UCS writes encoded footage to the cluster of EMC Isilon X200 nodes, an ideal scale-out solution for constantly changing virtual environments, guaranteeing storage capacity where it is needed. The completed storage infrastructure delivers 1.4 petabytes of usable storage. When an incident happens at the casino, the footage is pulled from the X200 Nodes, moved to WORM-compliant storage and is automatically backed up on an EMC Data Domain DD860 deduplication storage system, providing backup and recovery. The ease-of-use of the Isilon OneFS operating system has freed up team members to work on other areas of the infrastructure.
Anthony Borges, Director of Surveillance, Pechanga Gaming Commission "In our industry, because of the enormous amount of digital surveillance footage, updating a data center is a major undertaking. EMC Isilon enabled us to transform our operations, creating an integrated and end-to-end solution, with best-of-breed virtualization, scale-out NAS, and backup products."
"Our primary purpose is to protect Tribal assets and ensure the safety and protection of our guests and employees. For the first time, our coverage and recording products will work together as one entity. This is an exciting and new era for our operations and the industry overall."
Isilon, a division of EMC, is a provider of scale-out NAS.
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