Cisco announced that Station Casinos Inc., a large casino and resort operator in Las Vegas, has implemented one of the gaming industry's most sophisticated data center infrastructures using the Cisco Unified Computing System. The network-based infrastructure serves as a platform for virtualizing a number of operations and gaming applications, from mobile Internet Protocol phone and safety systems to account-based sports betting.

Unlike the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, Station Casinos' 18 properties extend throughout the Las Vegas metropolitan area and cater to local residents and out-of-town guests seeking great entertainment and guest services. Station Casinos' focus on virtualization is a fundamental part of its business strategy to differentiate its properties from those of other gaming operators. That strategy ultimately relies on using groundbreaking technology to enhance the experience of being a guest at a Station Casinos' property.

Station Casinos is using the Cisco Unified Computing System to support Cisco Unified Communications applications like Cisco CallManager, an IP telephony system that handles phone calls across all 18 properties.

"The Cisco Unified Computing System is designed to simplify the transition to virtualized data centers – a move that can streamline operations and increase business agility, no matter what industry you're in. In today's business environment, strategic architectural decisions are crucial, and the Cisco Unified Computing System is a pivotal platform that's helping our customers create new business models and opportunities to differentiate themselves from competitors. Station Casinos is a prime example of how vision and business strategy, when paired with the Cisco Unified Computing System and virtualization, create new business models that can be trend-setting for an industry,” said Soni Jiandani, vice president of Cisco’s Server Access and Virtualization Technology Group.

Station Casinos' network infrastructure includes Cisco Catalyst® switches, Cisco Integrated Services Routers, and 802.11 wireless access points. As the company continues to expand, it plans to converge additional applications and services onto the Cisco Unified Computing System.