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Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino hits the jackpot with new virtualized infrastructure from AccessFlow and Pillar Data Systems

March 12, 2008

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. and SAN JOSE, Calif. -- AccessFlow, Inc., a VMware Premier Partner and VMware Rising Star of the Americas, today announced that it has partnered with Pillar Data Systems to provide a storage and server platform to virtualize the production and disaster recovery facilities for Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, ensuring data reliability and accessibility.

As one of the fastest growing casinos in California, Chukchansi mandates high availability for all of its stored information across 65 servers. In order to meet compliance requirements, the casino needed to reduce the requirement for maintenance windows, address a diminishing backup window, enable a real-time disaster recovery site, and lower overall IT expenses despite a continuing need for additional servers.

To meet these challenges, Chukchansi turned to AccessFlow, which first conducted an extensive assessment of the existing X86 and RS6000 environment utilizing VMwares CapacityPlanner and other tools. AccessFlow then designed a virtual infrastructure for Chukchansi incorporating the Pillar Axiom Application-Aware Storage system to enable application uptime and performance, with application profiles that are optimized to work with the VMware ESX Server. Cisco’s MDS SAN fabric technology was also incorporated into the virtual environment.

“Our business is 24/7, and continuous uptime is paramount,” said Dennis Peterson, director of information technology for Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino. “We rigorously evaluated several alternatives to address our requirements. AccessFlow’s virtual infrastructure solution, incorporating VMware, Pillar, and Cisco technologies, provides us with exceptional levels of performance and reliability across our core areas of servers, storage, and networking. It reduces the cost of our IT operation while significantly reducing both planned and unplanned downtime.”

Pillar Data Systems Inc.

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