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Cumulus Networks ® Case Study OpenWager + Cumulus ® Linux ® OpenWager Modernizes its Data Center with Cumulus Linux INDUSTRY: Social gaming + SaaS BUSINESS OBJECTIVE: Deliver mission-critical availability while simplifying operation and reducing CapEx PARTNERS: Racklive "Any time our network is down that is lost revenue and customers going to other sites for gaming. As a result, uptime is probably the most important attribute of our data center." — Sid Stuart, Director of Operations at OpenWager Overview OpenWager is a leader in the global social casino market; one of the fastest growing segments of digital gaming. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in San Francisco, the company develops, publishes, and operates customizable social casino products for entertainment giants all around the world. Despite having a global footprint within a fast-growing market, its IT operations are still incredibly small, with only a single person dedicated to running their entire data center. In addition to maintaining real-time performance of the applications in this global data center, this individual also has to work closely with OpenWager's development team in order to bring new applications into production on a regular basis. With a great of deal growth ahead, limited CapEx budget, and a commitment to maintaining a small IT operations team, it was agreed that the new data center needs to have an innovative architectural approach in order to continue to deliver 24x7 uptime and great performance. Challenges Once the decision was made to re-architect the data center, IT focused in on several core characteristics of the new infrastructure solution that were considered "must haves". These requirements served as evaluation criteria for choosing Cumulus Linux. They included: Simplicity & Ease-of-Management As a small team, OpenWager IT department decided to move away from the more complex and expensive Cisco networking equipment. Whatever solution was selected needs to be able to leverage the staff's existing knowledge with tools like Linux, but able to deliver high-performance and uptime with a small team. A Flexible, Open Platform OpenWager was also determined to implement a solution that was flexible and open. The team looked into bare metal switch options in order to save money and streamline its management. It also means that this software-based platform would be capable of easily integrating with OpenWager's existing management, orchestration, and automation tools. This last point was particularly important given the small size of the company's IT team. Leveraging orchestration and automation tools as part of the DevOps model would enable the company to "punch above its weight" and scale with a small team. Mission-Critical Availability With customers worldwide, OpenWager's wanted their SaaS infrastructure to be stable and available 24 x 7. If it's not, the company would lose money and customers, pure and simple. As a result, it could be argued that this was the most important criteria for selecting a new platform. ©2016 Cumulus Networks. All rights reserved. |

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