Dell assists Park City resort for IT infrastructure

Dell today announced that it is supplying IT infrastructure to Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), a vacation destination in Park City, Utah, to increase its operational efficiency and enhance its guest experience.

PCMR relies on technology to provide better customer experience from skiing and snowboarding in the winter and hiking and mountain biking in the summer on over 3,300 acres of unspoiled terrain in the Wasatch Mountains.

IT is used for sharing information, booking vacations, paying for their trip, renting equipment, or finding their way to the ski lifts or other attractions.

PCMR relies on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) powered by Dell and VMware technologies. The infrastructure runs on seven virtualized Dell PowerEdge M710 and M620 blade servers.

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Approximately 75 Dell Wyse thin clients running VMware View give staff access to the applications they need via the VDI. Tablet devices are connected to the VDI solution that enables guests to rent ski equipment at rental stations and allows staff to check guests’ ski passes on the slopes.

After deploying Dell environment, PCMR is saving $50,000 per year with its virtualized Dell PowerEdge servers compared to traditional server infrastructure and $20,000 per year on energy with Dell Wyse zero clients.

To keep I/O intensive applications running and support its VDI environment, the resort migrated to a Dell Compellent SAN, connected to its virtualized Dell blade server environment with Dell Networking MXL blade switches.

PCMR’s significant improvement in storage utilization is a product of Dell Compellent automated tiering. This enables the resort to make the most of its storage resources by pushing less frequently accessed data to less expensive storage and thereby reallocating the cost savings to other IT resources.

The resort utilizes Dell Compellent Copilot support, which provides instant access to trained Compellent engineers. PCMR has peace of mind that its Compellent environment is working properly at all times.

PCMR is using Dell SonicWALL to adhere to PCI standards to protect sensitive customer data and meet its stringent security requirements. The Dell SonicWALL NSA 4600 firewalls provide significant room for growth, with 16 interfaces, and WAN load balancing unlike the resort’s previous Cisco ASA 5500 series firewalls.

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