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The customer
The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is one of the largest and most popular resorts in Florida . Set on 63 scenic acres just three miles from Walt Disney World , the resort provides guests with an exceptional experience of luxury .
The resort features more than 1,400 guest rooms , nine restaurants , bars and shops , a spa and fitness center , pools , a water park and a world-renowned convention center . Its convention center currently has the second largest meeting space of any hotel in the state of Florida . The convention center space is being expanded from 400,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet of meeting space and 1,716 rooms .
Network Specialists Tom Arnold and Nova Mtunga are responsible for managing and protecting the Gaylord Palms massive network . They and their IT team have

WE WON ’ T HAVE TO DEAL WITH MAINTENANCE AT ALL UNTIL 2024 . been successful users of Infoblox solutions for the past 10 years and counting .

The challenge – How to optimize investment in Infoblox Technologies
The Gaylord Palms IT team adopted Infoblox core DDI in 2015 to upgrade an outdated implementation that was struggling to keep pace with the company ’ s growing business . This initial implementation provided excellent performance over the years , but with continued business growth , in 2019 the team began exploring a refresh of its existing Infoblox implementation .
As they explored options , Arnold and Mtunga determined that a key issue to address was how best to continually benefit from rapid advances in networking technologies . With its initial Infoblox investment , the Gaylord deployed on Infoblox Trinzic appliances that delivered solid performance yet didn ’ t always enable the organization to incrementally adopt new offerings from Infoblox .
In planning the refresh , a premium was placed on being able to add new functionality as needed to its DDI solution as it became available . Modernizing network infrastructure and upgrading to a simplified , subscription-based solution became top priorities for the Gaylord team . It decided to continue working
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