Monday, August 24, 2009

Resorts World at Sentosa Unleashes Power of Virtualization via Cisco Networking Platform

RWS' Network Will Include Innovative Cisco EnergyWise Solution to Reduce Energy Consumption of Internet Protocol Devices

SINGAPORE-- Resorts World at Sentosa (RWS) is putting into place a comprehensive network built primarily with equipment from Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) that will serve as a platform for the resort's integrated operations when it opens next year. Spanning 49 hectares and comprising six hotels, a casino, Universal Studios Singapore and three other large theme parks, in addition to a corporate office and data center, RWS requires a sophisticated technology and communications setup that will rely on the intelligence of the network to support high-levels of availability, security, and reliability.

The Cisco® architecture includes virtualization and energy-conscious capabilities incorporated in Cisco data center, routing, switching, and network security solutions. RWS will use the Cisco unified computing solution to orchestrate all forms of communication and collaboration across its data center to unleash the power of virtualization by aggregating storage, computational and network resources, operating systems, and applications, in a unified, shared resource pool linked with an intelligent unified fabric. This will then be optimized for users across the entire organization and will dynamically respond to rapidly changing business requirements.

"We are essentially building an IT infrastructure for a small city so we needed a robust and mission-critical network platform. We have more than 40,000 network points which means we need a network that can handle that level of magnitude as well as be flexible enough for us to scale up when necessary," said Yap Chee Yuen, senior vice president of information technology at Resorts World Sentosa. "Cisco has the track record and the breadth and depth of networking solutions that suited our needs. We also really liked the environment-friendly nature of the solution that will help lower our carbon footprint as well as lower our energy costs."

Cisco EnergyWise, a feature of Cisco Catalyst® switches, provides real-time, granular measurement capabilities to give chief information officers better visibility into energy savings across an entire organization as well as specific places in the network such as the campus, branch office and data center.

"This is a landmark deployment in Singapore because of the scale and complexity of RWS' requirements. Cisco's ability to use the intelligence of the network to solve a lot of that complexity is a very powerful proposition for RWS. The network will help to solve many of its challenges as well as give RWS the confidence to deploy innovative applications and services," said Chris Khang, vice president, Asia Pacific, Cisco.


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