Park City Mountain Resort Modernizes its Data Center with End-to-End Dell Infrastructure to Improve Ski and Alpine Experience
- Top ski resort improves storage utilization with tiered Dell Storage solution
- Dell helps enhance the employee and guest experience with Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for anywhere, anytime access
- Ski resort saves $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
- Park City Mountain Resort protects their guests against internet threats with Dell SonicWALL
Dell is helping Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), a year-round vacation destination in the heart of Park City, Utah, increase its operational efficiency and enhance its guest experience through modernizing the resort’s IT infrastructure with end-to-end Dell solutions.
Consistently ranked as a top-five resort by the readers of SKI and Transworld Snowboarding magazines, PCMR offers 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. PCMR relies heavily on technology to provide the best experience for its guests, whether they are requesting information, booking vacations, paying for their trip, renting equipment, or finding their way to the ski lifts or other attractions.
To consistently deliver great services for staff and guests, increase operational efficiency and ensure that critical IT services are constantly available, 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. Approximately 75 Dell Wyse thin clients running VMware View give staff anytime, anywhere access to the applications they need via the VDI. Tablet devices are connected to the VDI solution that enables guests to quickly and effortlessly rent ski equipment at rental stations and allows staff to check guests’ ski passes on the slopes.
Since implementing its end-to-end Dell environment, the resort is experiencing significant cost and energy benefits. Since implementation, 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. As a result, PCMR is delivering year-over-year energy savings and continually reducing its carbon footprint.
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.
To ensure that critical IT services are always available, PCMR 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 also takes advantage of 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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“With our end-to-end Dell infrastructure that is engineered to work seamlessly together, we are seeing impressive management benefits and now have the time to be more proactive,” said Ryan Hayes, IT Manager at Park City Mountain Resort. “We have a small IT team, and the ability to set-up our converged solution remotely through our existing server management software allows us to accomplish the IT directive, ‘Do more with less.’”
“Leading ski resorts like Park City Mountain Resort are tasked with delivering an excellent experience for every single visitor and guest,” said Matt Baker, Executive Director of Enterprise Strategy at Dell. “The Dell virtualized environment supported by Dell PowerEdge blades, Dell Storage, Dell Networking switches, Dell Wyse thin clients and Dell SonicWALL enable Park City Mountain Resort to increase operational efficiency, ensure critical IT services are constantly available and deliver exceptional services to guests and staff – necessary ingredients for the resort to maintain their reputation as a leading vacation destination.”
About Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), which is operated by Powdr Corp, wants each guest and ski pass holder to have the best experience possible. The resort spans 3,300 acres of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, with 114 runs of all difficulty levels spread over eight mountain peaks and nine bowls. In the summer, visitors can enjoy alpine activities and children’s rides, as well as miniature golf, lift-served mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. PCMR is consistently ranked a top-five resort by the readers of SKI and Transworld Snowboarding magazines.
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