Gambling on a Cloudy Future
With each passing month, companies are viewing the jump to Cloud Computing as less and less of a gamble, and increasingly a must. One after another, industries can be found enjoying the benefits of online software services' integrating and management tools.
Including, ironically, the gambling industry.
International Game Technology has created an online suite of casino management tools using the AppLogic cloud computing platform, and is offering it to any casino who would like to take their data centers and administrative systems online.
How will casinos take to the Cloud? "Using the IGT Cloud, customers will be able to optimize and monitor their operations and rapidly adapt the mix of games on their casino floor to match their customers' tastes," said Chief Technology Officer Chris Satchell. Imagine controlling the casino floor of multiple locales in Vegas or Atlantic City from a single location, over the 'net...
"Casino owners using the IGT Cloud will have access to a games library and will be able to quickly change the games available on their gaming floors," added Satchell.
Some casinos' transactions on a daily basis can rival that of medium sized banks - an enormous gamble for information flow when moving your data flow elsewhere. IGT plans to grow incrementally, proving itself initially in Latin American, African and Middle Eastern gambling houses.
For an industry that lives on the odds of success, gambling moving its management online may say tons about the Cloud's odds for successful growth.