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From the Gaming Scalability event, June 2009 in London (http://gamingscalability.org). This talk is an experience report from a recent online gaming project involving an extensive use of cloud and grid technologies. Gojko presents the benefits that his team got from a cloud deployment, such as low up-front costs and easy infrastructure provisioning and challenges and surprises including storage and monitoring issues. He then presents architectural impacts of using computing grids to power online casino games and talks about benefits, issues and challenges of gigaspace computing grids in a cloud deployment.Gojko Adzic is a software craftsman with a passion for new technologies, programming and writing. He got involved with the online casino industry in 2002 and has since worked for leading UK online betting systems and some of the world's largest poker networks.

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  • 1. Casino in the clouds Gojko Adzic Advanced Games Labgadzic@advancedgameslab.com @gojkoadzicwww.AdvancedGamesLab.com www.AbsoluteCasino.com

2. The world's first social casino gaming network s 3. Why clouds? Eliminate waste Very high target volume Scale up and down and save on infrastructure Provide better service faster and cheaper 4. Are we spending our time doing stuff that really matters? http://www.flickr.com/photos/sathwick/451847158 5. Eliminate waste http://www.flickr.com/photos/antoniele/2930240461 6. Very high target volumehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dreadfuldan/746297725 7. Flexibility to scale up or downhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bocavermelha/12105189 8. Cloud economics: we develop and deploy faster and cheaper so wehave a competitive edge 9. Challenges and surprises Monitoring Load balancing Shared storage Pre-packaged systems Security 10. Monitoring no more flashing lights!http://www.flickr.com/photos/mumpfpuffel/2342924629 11. Load balancing not your usual Cisco storyhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mtbl/19039168 12. Network storage: only one at a time http://www.flickr.com/photos/dexell1827/2798949753/ 13. Pre-packaged systems: always read the labelhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/gx9/2276704055 14. Security: How much can we trust them to do a good job?http://www.flickr.com/photos/p_h/2461925124 15. To make the most out of clouds, thesystem needs to be designed for that! Scale to lots of small boxes Scale up and down Expect boxes to go away and come online 16. No more simple fail-overhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dreamingkaettchen/103890429 17. Solution: use grids We saved a ton of money and time by notbuilding it ourselves Data redundancy Scaling to lots of small machines Partitioning and task routing Asynchronous persistence 18. Why we chose GigaSpaces? Pay-per-use on the cloud Fully transactional Cloud support Automated deployment tools SLA for the grid 19. We still ended up rolling some features on our own Asynchronous persistence Simpler, faster Deployment scripts Reuse cloud machines, don't reconfigure the rest Cut redeployment time from 2 hrs to 10 mins 20. Surprises SLA cannot dynamically grow Start with more partitions than you need then relocate Only partial hot-deployment Apparently improved in v7 Classloading Wasted lots of time solving this Also improved in v7 On a more positive note fantastic support 21. Why not use this for production as wellto scale it on demand? Security Regulatory requirements 22. Learn how to be friends ... 23. It doesn't have to be yes or no It gives us a serious competitive edge System broken down so that we can use it for the largest part No unencrypted sensitive information there Transaction processing not there But the bulk of bandwidth is Messages Content Web front-end 24. What we learned Levels the playing field for startups To make the most out of it, the whole system needs to be designed for clouds up front Get a Grid Solves lots of problems but creates some new ones 25. What I'd like to see in the future Open Source grids SLAs for the cloud Solutions for regulatory/security issues