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CCP to Improve Services for Online Game Players With Cisco Data Center Virtualization

Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) Technology Will Help Ensure that Support Services are More Reliable

Players of "EVE Online" are expected to get faster and more reliable web-based gaming and subscriber services, thanks to the virtualization of game developer CCP's data center in London. Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) technology will help ensure that registration, background information, access to related music and video, purchases of merchandise from EVE-Online.com, and other support services are more reliable and respond quickly even when demand is heavy.

The Cisco technology employs virtual partitioning to create server resource segmentation and isolation so that multiple website applications can be managed and shared across CCP's 18 servers in its London data center. Using the network itself as the intermediary between abstracted computing and storage resources and applications means that they can perform as efficiently as possible, connecting to devices and resources as they are needed.

Cisco's data center virtualization will also help CCP manage the growing number of "EVE Online" subscribers and help make controlling and managing web server applications more efficient. "EVE" has had more than 42,000 concurrent players in the same virtual world and can support up to 100,000 players in real time. Similar multiplay online games usually achieve around 1,000 concurrent plays in a single scenario. "EVE" offers a 3D galaxy of 5,000 solar systems and the choice of four playable races. It has been developed by CCP, a company with 300 employees headquartered in Iceland.

Jon-Carlos Mayes, information technology director at CCP, said, "It is absolutely crucial that CCP has a reliable, highly secure and efficient network to ensure that all aspects of our business are running smoothly. Cisco is a leader in the industry, and working together to provide maximum uptime of all systems and network has been critical for the success of our business functions."

CCP is developing a Cisco Data Center Network Architecture by deploying Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches in its London data center, which hosts the Cisco Application Control Engine Module (ACE).

"Cisco is delighted to be involved with 'EVE Online,' one of the gaming industry's most spectacular successes, and to be supporting a business based in Iceland that has become a leading force in online gaming innovation," said Stefan Gudjohnsen, general manager for Cisco in Iceland. "The 'EVE Online' story demonstrates how Cisco is developing and deploying data center technology that is having a direct and significant impact on how people use the web for both business and leisure."

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