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Casino cloud built by gaming firm

A further sign of industry-sepcific SaaS development?

A casino-specific cloud has been built in the US, in a further sign of the trend towards industry-tailored software as a service solutions.

International Game Technology (IGT) is using the AppLogic cloud computing platform from CA Technologies to deliver its casino software through the cloud.

"Casinos of all sizes will find it more cost effective and have higher agility in managing their gaming content through the IGT Cloud," said Chris Satchell, chief technology officer at IGT.

"Using the IGT Cloud, customers will be able to optimise and monitor their operations and rapidly adapt the mix of games on their casino floor to match their customers' tastes."

With its cloud initiative IGT aims to reach new markets where adoption and cost barriers exist around traditional software deployments. The IGT Cloud will streamline software deployments and reduce the infrastructure requirements of its casino customers.

The development of industry specific clouds has been noted by some observers, as a result of different sectors having a variety of needs on issues such as security and latency.

The CA AppLogic platform virtualises all the components of a data centre within a software layer for customers and uses low cost commodity-based hardware to support it. 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.

IGT Cloud will initially launch in a number of casinos across the EMEA region and Latin America, including Gala Coral, Olympic Casinos, Le Casino d'vian and Codere.

Ladbrokes recently bought a majority stake in a major IT supplier to Las Vegas' largest casinos. Its $3 million (£1.9 million) purchase of a 65 percent chunk of Stadium Technology Group gives it access to technology customers such as the Treasure Island, Golden Nugget and Venetian hotel-casinos in the city.

Photo credit: LasVegasLover

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