By Dave Sawyer Apr 25, 2023
Continent 8, the leading provider of managed hosting, connectivity, and security solutions to the global gambling industry, has expanded its Atlantic City data center footprint, adding 30% more capacity.
The stage three expansion, approved by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), has seen a 5,330 sq ft Modular Data Center (MDC) addition to the site.
The official opening of the modular addition took place on Tuesday 18 April ahead of the start of the East Coast Gaming Congress on Wednesday 19 April. It was attended by key stakeholders, politicians, Continent 8 customers and members of the press.
This included Atlantic City Mayor, Marty Small, Senator Vince Polistina, Assemblyman Don Guardian, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Sean Patwell, Lead Engineer of the Technical Services Bureau with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Afshien Lashkari and Chairman of the NJ Casino Control Commission, Jim Plousis. The event included an official ribbon-cutting with speeches, followed by a tour of the state-of-the-art facility.
Housed within the landmark Atlantic City Convention Center, Continent 8’s cutting-edge tier three data center is the only one in the state that has been purpose-built for the online gambling industry.
Opened in 2019 following a multi-million-dollar investment, all initial capacity sold out within three months. Since then, Continent 8 has continued to expand capacity and today the data center covers 15,000 sq. ft with around 120 equipment racks.
It offers a unique independent hosting site compliant with international security standards with multi-state interconnection across the US and directly into a global, private network of more than 90 locations across four continents, including over 25 US states.
It is also fully compliant with DGE regulations and is the only independent, licensed facility that can house gaming infrastructure outside of a licensed casino.
The full range of Continent 8’s global services is being delivered directly to the Atlantic City data center, enabling local and global cloud hosting and connectivity. This includes private, public and hybrid cloud services through to the full management of a customer’s own infrastructure.
Michael Tobin, Founder and CEO at Continent 8, said: “It was a privilege to welcome so many stakeholders and all those involved in the Phase 3 expansion to our official opening. We are incredibly proud of the hub we have built in Atlantic City, creating an economic catalyst for South Jersey, and establishing a data center that enables companies in iGaming and beyond to connect to a global network.”
The official opening comes just weeks after Continent 8 was named a 2023 Leaders in Digital Technology honoree by NJBIZ.