Founded over 20 years ago, Continent 8 Technologies is an award-winning, multi-jurisdictional, network solutions provider that has helped expand business to some of the biggest brands in iGaming. The company has data centers and strategic points of presence in over 80 connected locations spanning Europe, the Americas and Asia, and is expanding rapidly.
With its three main solutions: Manage8, Connect8 and Secure8, Continent 8 provides state-of-the-art cloud products, including Private, Public and Hyperscale Cloud. Public Cloud, or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), offers rapid access to a security-rich, enterprise-class virtual server environment. This Public Coud enables the provision of hardware, storage and server equipment through a cloud computing environment, de-provisioning when the process is finished.
AN UNRIVALED CLOUD PLATFORM
Continent 8’s Cloud platform is built on clustered Nutanix Hyper Converged Infrastructure (with SSD storage acceleration) and VMware vSphere, ensuring the highest levels of performance, functionality and resilience. A web-based management portal (using VMware vCloud Director) is provided, giving customers the ability to self-provision and fully control their environments directly. By connecting privately, the operator avoids the inherent security risks associated with Internet VPNs, also benefitting from monitoring, with an availability SLA so the operator can manage the connection as a part of its own network. Key features of the Public Cloud platform include a self-service portal with template-based provisioning, feature-rich Edge devices, the ability to integrate with Continent 8’s Co-Location, MPLS and Cloud Connect services plus DDoS protection.
The company fully manages the cloud environment by up to and including the Hypervisor, whilst enabling customers to have complete control and management of their internal systems and data. This removes the need for maintaining and supporting the infrastructure, ensuring they can focus on their business. Besides, Continent 8 favors a simultaneous orchestration of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions across multiple locations, helping operators to gain the global scale, performance and security their business needs to compete in today’s global marketplace.
Cloud Connect directly connects the operator’s infrastructure to leading cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. In fact, Continent 8 is an AWS Select Consulting Partner and a member of the AWS Partner Network (APN). Today, AWS delivers a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world.
SERVICING U.S. AND LATAM CLIENTS
Continent 8 has recently supported several iGaming customers with the deployment and hosting of AWS Outposts throughout the U.S., establishing an AWS Outposts Enablement Package which provides a delivery team to lead, co-ordinate and support the deployment from pre-install to go-live. According to Keith Stafford, Head of Cloud Architecture, Continent 8 Technologies: “We have been helping our clients to accelerate the adoption of cloud technologies, demonstrating our commitment to deliver the best possible solutions and services to iGaming businesses in markets around the world, including the fast-growing U.S. market.”
In addition to this, and to meet customers’ demands, Continent 8 offers Network Edge Services (NEaaS) to provide all of the functionality required to connect the AWS Outpost to the Internet (in-jurisdiction and Tier 1 peering) and to AWS (privately or publicly).
The company already operates clouds in Atlantic City, Isle of Man, Montreal, Taiwan, Dublin, Malta and Colombia. Further expansion will follow in Puerto Rico, Argentina and Uruguay. In this sense, Continent 8 have a strong regional LatAm based team, with Gabriel Szlaifsztein, General Manager and Business Consultant, and led by Americas Managing Director, Nick Nally. The multilingual team has fluency in Spanish, among their skill sets.
As a sign of its permanent presence and support to the iGaming sector in Latin America, Continent 8 will be one of the main sponsors (together with Vibra Gaming, NSoft and Konek Solutions) in an important private event next November, in which G&M News will reveal the novelties and services of these companies during a reception to more than 40 land-based and online gambling operators in Peru.