Continent 8 data center

Michael Tobin, left, CEO and co-founder of Continent 8, and Marshall Spevak, deputy executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, talk at the Atlantic City Convention Center, which will soon house a data center that could be a catalyst for untapped economic development in South Jersey.

ATLANTIC CITY — Continent 8 is integrating their data centers in two of the resort’s casino properties with locations across the country in an effort to assist sports betting providers entering new markets.

Continent 8, one of the world’s largest online gaming data center and network solutions providers, announced Friday they will integrate their centers in Caesars Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino with locations in Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The multi-state capacity will create a “seamless suite of hosting and network managed services for those seeking to enter the growing sports betting market in the United States,” according to a company press release.

“Serving the rapidly expanding online sports betting industry, Continent 8’s integration of state-of-the-art data centers across multiple states and gaming jurisdictions provides a hub and spoke technology platform to help companies successfully enter the marketplace,” said CEO Michael Tobin. “In 2019, Continent 8 will further increase network capacity with additional expansion in the states of New York and Ohio, and other states as legislation evolves.”

Earlier this year, Continent 8 and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority announced a deal where the international company will construct a new data center in underutilized space at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Tobin told The Press in July that Continent 8 plans to build the nearly 6,000-square foot data center by the end of this year. The CRDA unanimously approved the terms of the lease in June, which will net the authority $101,000 annually in rent.

Continent 8 is the only independent information technology provider licensed by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement to supply data center and network services to online gaming licensees.

According to the company’s press release, gaming and sports betting operators seeking to enter the U.S. market, as well as existing operators, will all benefit from the Atlantic City hub and its multi-state integration. The Continent 8 network provides “unprecedented” inter-connectivity within the U.S. and to the broader global network, spanning over 30 locations worldwide, the release said.

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I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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