Circa Resort selects Aruba ESP-based network, dumping Cisco, Juniper, Ruckus

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (HPE), announced that Circa Resort and Casino has selected an Aruba ESP-based network, dumping Cisco, Juniper and Ruckus.
Aruba for enterprise CIOsCirca is using Aruba’s wired, wireless and security solutions to provide the performance and bandwidth required to power its amenities. This includes the Stadium Swim, a pool deck with amphitheater-style lounging terraces facing a 143-foot video display, and a three-story Sportsbook, featuring a 78 million pixel video display divided into 42 screens with a 1,000-person viewing capacity.

Circa evaluated networking competitors such as Cisco, Juniper, and Ruckus, as well as Aruba, for the network project. Aruba offered the most comprehensive, automated solution for helping Circa bring its hospitality vision to life.

“Delivering today’s socially driven premier entertainment experiences in Las Vegas is a 24/7 endeavor,” said Paul Ballard, CIO at Circa. “Aruba supplied the full stack of AI-enabled wired and wireless networking innovations essential for running a successful operation.”

Circa deployed a future-ready wireless network comprised of Aruba’s Wi-Fi 6 indoor access points (APs), outdoor APs, hospitality APs, and mobility controllers. For wired networking, Circa implemented Aruba’s aggregation switches at the edge and CX Series switches in the data center.

Circa is providing modern in-room experiences such as connected lighting and IP TVs. “Deploying Aruba’s wireless to guest rooms not only addresses user expectations, it also saved us nearly $500,000 versus installing a gigabyte passive optical network (GPON). Aruba’s licensing model was also significantly more attractive,” Ballard said.

Circa adopted AirWave for network management along with ClearPass for network access control (NAC) and policy management. The company also implemented User Experience Insight (UXI) for Wi-Fi incident detection using AIOps to pinpoint issues that require immediate attention.

“In addition to supporting unparalleled guest experiences, digital employee solutions, and IoT-enabled building maintenance systems, we supply network connectivity to thousands of third-party vendors,” said John Palma, manager of Information Technology Network Engineering at Circa.

“With our Aruba network, we can provide Wi-Fi to our guests and to transportation providers in Garage Mahal, as well as deploy the latest in security solutions and connected elevators to help keep everyone safe in transit,” Palma said.

Circa will be evaluating Aruba solutions that include AIOps, data-driven analytics, and other innovations in future.