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The Las Vegas Sands Corporation runs two casino resorts in the gambling mecca, the Venetian and the Palazzo.
The two establishments run off the same infrastructure, which uses 300 servers to support more than 11,000 suites and rooms, 3,000 slot machines and 200 gambling tables, and run nine websites. Last week, ZDNet UK took a rare look inside one of the datacentres used to keep the Venetian and Palazzo systems running.
Steve Vollmer, the chief technology officer and vice president at the Venetian, guided ZDNet UK around the casino resort's datacentre.
The Venetian and Palazzo have two datacentres between them — the one we were shown is the backup datacentre in the Palazzo. There is a 10Gb Ethernet link between the two. According to Vollmer, the 3,000-foot distance between the two datacentres is their disaster recovery strategy.