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Carnival Cruise Lines slashes server footprint by around 60 percent, preserving scarce shipboard resources

• Consolidation

• Dell Systems Management • Green Computing

• Power & Cooling

• Services

• Storage

• Virtualization

“We do everything possible to ensure that our guests

enjoy their vacations. By providing a

highly reliable server environment, our virtual machines support that mission.”

John Staker, Senior Information Systems Manager, Carnival Dream

Customer Pro le

Company: Industry: Country: Employees: Web:

Business Need

Carnival Cruise Lines

Travel, Hospitality and Tourism United States


Bene ts

• Approximately 60% reduction in physical footprint of servers on ships

• Approximately 7,000 hours/year reclaimed for shipboard IS managers

• 100% availability for shipboard virtual servers over past 6 months

• Shoreside management possible for storage arrays on ships at sea

• 4-hour recovery time objective (RTO) for virtual machines through SAN-based replication

• 38% performance improvement for Oracle data warehouse in proof-of-concept

• Hundreds of thousands of dollars saved by selecting iSCSI SAN

Each Carnival Cruise Lines ship operates as a self-su cient environment in which power and oor space are limited, making IT e ciency a critical requirement. Several years ago, the IT infrastructure on Carnival ships was consuming too much power and occupying too large a footprint. The company engaged Dell Consulting Services to evaluate its options.


Carnival began virtualizing shipboard servers using VMware® vSphereTM running on DellTM PowerEdgeTM servers with Intel® Xeon® processors and Dell EqualLogicTM storage arrays. The implementation has been

so successful at boosting e ciency that Carnival also adopted Dell PowerEdge and Dell EqualLogic equipment in its shoreside data center and remote o ce operations. Now, Carnival is moving its critical Oracle data warehouse from a Solaris and Fibre Channel platform

to Red Hat Linux running on Dell PowerEdge servers and EqualLogic iSCSI SANs.


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