Cloud-based business solution for a company in the gaming industry

Get acquainted with an example of a private cloud used in the gaming industry. We will share how we created a secure and fault-tolerant cloud for business use to guarantee stable access to the client’s services.

What kind of private cloud did the client need?

By the time the project had started, the client already had experience working with another provider who offered computing resources in a data center in the Netherlands. The client wished to increase the level of data security and to improve the performance of his main IT infrastructure. This led the client to consider our Tier III+ data center in Germany with multi-level security systems, fault-tolerant power sources and round-the-clock tech support.

The client’s key requirement was to ensure data safety for the business and for the client’s player base. Considering the heavy workloads with significant activity peaks, as well as the specifics of the client’s industry, we offered to build a fault-tolerant private cloud based on a server cluster with a separate data storage system.

Client’s requirements:

  • to build a redundant cloud cluster based on dedicated servers with separate data storage and a data storage system in the remote data center;
  • to organize a LAN network within the cluster with an internal bandwidth of 10 Gbit/s;
  • to connect the cluster to WAN with a bandwidth of 1 Gbit/s.

How did we implement the cloud solution?

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We offered to build a private cloud based on the requirements towards the infrastructure’s performance and the bandwidth. The cloud was deployed on Dell servers in a separate 47U rack. The structure of the cloud cluster:

Dell PowerEdge R330 Server – 3 items. (С01, С02, С03):

  • Intel Xeon E3-1220 v6 CPU (3.0 GHz, 4C/4T, 8 MB Cache, 72 W, Turbo);
  • 32 GB RAM (DDR4);
  • 4 SATA Datacenter HDD drives, 1 TB each;
  • Perc H370 Hardware RAID controller;
  • 4 1 Gbit/s network ports;
  • 2 fiber-optic16 Gbit/s network ports;
  • 2 power units in the server;
  • iDRAC remote monitoring controller.

Dell PowerEdge R640 – 6 items. (N01, N02, N03, N04, N05, N06):

  • 2 INTEL Xeon Gold 5118 CPUs (2.3 G, 12 C/24 T, 10.4 GT/s 2 UPI, 16 MB Cache, Turbo, HT, 105 W);
  • 256 GB RAM (DDR4);
  • 2 SATA Datacenter HDD drives, 1 TB each;
  • Perc H730P RAID controller;
  • 2 1 Gbit/s network ports;
  • 2 10 Gbit/s network ports;
  • 2 fiber-optic 16 Gbit/s network ports;
  • 2 power units in the server;
  • iDRAC remote monitoring controller.

Dell SCV3020 storage:

  • 10 SAS SSD drives, 3.84 TB each;
  • Dual Controller;
  • 4 fiber-optic 16 Gbit/s network ports. The Juniper EX2200-24T-4G (SW03) network switch was used in the control network. Dell Networking N4032, 24x 10GBase-T Ports (SW01, SW02) 2 items were used in the cluster’s local network. The fiber-optic storage network uses the following switches: Brocade 6505, 16 Port FC16 Switch 16 Gbit/s (SW04, SW05), 2 items.
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How did the private cloud solve the client’s tasks?

The client received a cloud-based business solution that meets the company’s unique requirements, as well as the standards of the industry. The fault-tolerant & high-performance cloud gave the client the necessary level of data security, while the players got stable round-the-clock access to the game. The cloud infrastructure retains its high performance even during peak traffic loads.

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