The network behind the Venetian resort

How 10G and VLANs keep the Las Vegas casino running

  • The Venetian has 7,000 guest rooms, a 120,000 square foot casino, waterways, gondolas, frescoes, a convention center, retail shops, a bank, 18 world-class restaurants and its own police force.

  • Venetian selected HP ProCurve switches, like the 8200s and 3500s, for simplified management and reliability.

  • CTO Steve Vollmer says the Venetian network saves the resort 10 to 15 seconds during guest check-in and check-out, which translates to a savings of nearly 30 hours a day just in one department. But he's still looking for VoIP's "killer app" and is not sold on wireless LANs.

  • HP ProCurve 8200s anchor the 10G core, while ProCurve 4000s aggregate 100Mbps links from ProCurve 3500s provisioning work-group VLANs from the wiring closets. The Venetian has divvied up its network into 98 VLANs, a sampling of which is shown here.

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