Global technology veteran has been tasked with driving the company’s growth in key international markets

Brian KohContinent 8 Technologies, the leading provider of managed hosting, connectivity, cloud and security solutions to the iGaming industry, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Brian B. Koh as Chief Commercial Officer.

Brian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role having held senior positions at global technology firms over a distinguished 20+ year career. He joins Continent 8 from Syntax, where he was Executive Vice President, and has also worked for the likes of IT Convergence and Core Services.

Brian has been involved in both executive roles and several corporate and non-profit boards across the US, Asia and Latin America. He has also been instrumental in building several large multinational companies to successful exits.

Based in New York and reporting directly to the company’s CEO, Michael Tobin, Brian has been tasked with continuing to build on the company’s ambitious growth plans and its go-to-market expansion. This includes developing and implementing its commercial strategy, where he will have crucial input into sales, account management, marketing and customer service.

He joins at a time when Continent 8 is expanding at pace, making strides in the fast-growing Latin American region where it has a presence in several regulated markets including Colombia and Puerto Rico, as well as North America where it is now live in 24 regulated US states and counting. Continent 8 operates globally, with a connected network of 85+ locations across four continents.

Michael Tobin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “We have a world-class team at Continent 8 and our headcount has grown significantly over the past few years to ensure we remain at the top of our game. Brian is a significant addition to our team and comes at an exciting time for the organisation.

“As more countries embrace regulation and new markets open for business, we see a huge opportunity for Continent 8 to expand its reach and deliver our award-winning managed hosting, connectivity, cloud and security solutions to customers entering these jurisdictions.

“Brian has been tasked with overseeing our expansion, a job that he is undoubtedly the best person to take on. I look forward to working with him closely moving forwards.”

Brian B. Koh, Chief Commercial Officer at Continent 8 Technologies, added: “I am thrilled to join Continent 8 and its highly talented team as the business continues to grow and demand for its powerful suite of solutions increases.

“The opportunity to work with such a highly respected brand was one that I simply couldn’t turn down. Continent 8’s customer base and reputation in the industry is second to none, and I look forward to playing my part in the next chapter of Continent 8’s success story.”

Brian and the Continent 8 team will be at G2E Vegas at the Venetian Expo, 11-13 October, Booth #4410.

Managed hosting, connectivity, cloud and security provider expands its solutions in North America with the first regulated Public Cloud offering in the state of Michigan

Continent 8 Technologies continues to deploy its first-to-market approach in North America after being accredited by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) to launch its regulated Gaming Cloud to operators and suppliers in the state.

Continent 8’s Gaming Cloud is a Public or Community Cloud already available to customers in a number of other regulated North American locations including New Jersey (Atlantic City) and most recently Pennsylvania.

It offers a multi-tenanted, scalable and resilient IaaS platform that allows customers to host infrastructure, containers, data and network edge services.

Continent 8 works closely with regulators across the fast-growing North American market to ensure that its full suite of solutions is fully compliant, allowing its customers to leverage the first-mover advantage in each state.

For Michigan, regulations state that tenants in the Gaming Cloud must be licensed by the MGCB and hardware comprising the Gaming Cloud must be located at the primary and backup locations Continent 8 provides in the state.

The approval of a regulated Public Cloud adds to Continent 8’s existing services in Michigan, one of the largest US markets in terms of revenue, which today comprises data center, network connectivity and cyber security services.

In January 2021, Michigan regulators authorised online gambling and sports betting. Since then, Continent 8 has expanded its solutions to serve customer demand, offering a fully regulated hosting environment.

The latest figures from the regulator show that in July 2022, combined total adjusted internet gaming and sports betting gross receipts were $131.2m. When compared to July 2021, there was an increase in internet gaming adjusted gross receipts by 41% while internet sports betting adjusted gross receipts rose 13%.

Justin Cosnett, Chief Product Officer at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “Achieving approval from the Michigan Gaming Control Board for our Gaming Community Cloud is an important strategic development for Continent 8, as demand for secure and compliant cloud solutions continues to rise.

“We understand the power of the first-mover, pay-as-you-grow advantage in such highly competitive states and markets, and strive to offer this to our customers.”

David Brace, Innovation Director at Continent 8 Technologies, added: “We are proud to be the first service provider to offer this regulated Community Cloud solution in the state.

“In terms of infrastructure, cloud offers fast market entry, especially for new licensees, as well as backup or migration capability for those already invested into the state looking to move away from costly hardware investment in a time of supply chain challenges.”

Continent 8 is already live in 24 US states with additional sites set to launch in the coming months as the company continues its mission of being the go-to hosting and connectivity provider in North America.

Learn more about Continent 8’s managed hosting, connectivity and cloud solutions at G2E Vegas, 11-13 October, Booth #4410.

Previous Vice-President in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group at leading Canadian private equity firm, joins Continent 8 at a time of ongoing expansion.

Continent 8 Technologies, the award-winning managed hosting, connectivity, cloud and security provider to the global online gambling industry, is delighted to announce the appointment of Kristian Valenta to the role of Chief Financial Officer.

Valenta has previously held a number of senior level roles, most recently as Vice-President in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group at Novacap, a leading North American private equity firm.

During his time at Novacap, he led numerous fund related activities, including supporting various capital raises, headed several M&A and corporate finance efforts and has been an active Board member across numerous portfolio companies within the technology group.

Based in Montreal and reporting directly to the CEO, his role at Continent 8 will see Valenta continue to build on the company’s existing plans for expansion. He will be responsible for the company’s overall finances, whilst working alongside the executive team on policy, operations and Continent 8’s overarching strategy.

Michael Tobin, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “Over the last few years, we have built an exceptional team at Continent 8, growing our head count year-on-year. Kristian’s appointment is a significant one for our business during a period of fast growth as new markets regulate and open for business. Kristian brings a wealth of experience and passion to Continent 8, making him an invaluable member of our leadership group. Welcome to the team, Kristian.”

Kristian Valenta, Chief Financial Officer at Continent 8 Technologies, added: “It is an honour to join Continent 8, a company that has established itself as a highly respected leader in its field. My role as CFO will provide me with an exciting opportunity to work alongside a committed executive team and I look forward to playing an integral role in the company’s continued growth globally.”

The Gaming Exchange allows customers to connect faster and more securely to an exclusive community network

Continent 8 Technologies, the leading managed hosting, connectivity, cloud and security solutions provider to the global online gambling industry, has launched an innovative private internet named the Gaming Exchange.

The Continent 8 Gaming Exchange is an exclusive community for iGaming businesses, allowing them to connect faster and more securely than over the standard internet, with no need for additional configuration.

It means that Continent 8 customers can connect directly to other Continent 8 customers via a VPN across the company’s backbone network, rather than route over the public internet.

The Gaming Exchange offers the lowest latency and highest performance guaranteed, with both local and remote global reachability. It is a private and reliable internet solution with public IPv4 addressing and an uptime rate in excess of 99.9%.

It delivers unrivalled levels of security and unlike the standard internet it is not attackable externally and is fully protected by Continent 8. This mitigates the risk of members falling victim to a DDoS attack, the volume of which has been at an all-time high in recent months.

In addition, customers connected to the Gaming Exchange will gain access to a Premium Portal, an analytical dashboard that allows them to view and monitor traffic flows within and outside of Continent 8 to other gaming partners.

Justin Cosnett, Chief Product Officer at Continent 8, said:

“We know that iGaming companies are constantly talking to each other over the internet. The Gaming Exchange is a game-changer for the industry, an exclusive community for organisations to connect on a private, highly secure and ultra-fast network.

“As one of the most attacked industries, the level of security that we can provide via the Gaming Exchange offers a highly valuable solution for our customers. It is products such as the Gaming Exchange that help to further establish Continent 8 as the leading managed hosting, connectivity, cloud and security solutions provider to the global gambling industry.”

Managed hosting, connectivity, cloud and security provider expands its solutions in North America with the first regulated public cloud offering in the state of Pennsylvania

Continent 8 Technologies continues to deploy its first-to-market approach in North America after being given the green light by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to launch its regulated Gaming Cloud to operators and suppliers in the state.

Continent 8’s Gaming Cloud is a Public Cloud and is already available to customers in a number of other regulated North American locations including New Jersey (Atlantic City) and most recently Ontario.

It offers a multi-tenanted, scalable and resilient IaaS platform that allows customers to host infrastructure as Virtual Machines.

Continent 8 works closely with regulators across the fast-growing North American market to ensure that its full suite of solutions is fully compliant, allowing its customers to leverage the first-mover advantage in each state.

For Pennsylvania, regulations state that tenants in the Gaming Cloud must be licensed by the PGCB and hardware comprising the Gaming Cloud must be located at the primary and backup locations Continent 8 provides in the state.

The approval of a regulated Public Cloud adds to Continent 8’s existing services in Pennsylvania, which today comprises three data centers and points of presence.

Pennsylvania legalized online gambling in 2017. Since then, Continent 8 has expanded its solutions to serve customer demand, offering a fully regulated hosting environment under its PGCB interactive Gaming Service Provider authorization.

Nick Nally, Managing Director of Americas at Continent 8 Technologies, said:

“Receiving approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for our Gaming Cloud forms part of our aggressive strategy to deliver our regulated cloud to multiple new states in the US, as demand for our cloud solutions continues to rise.”

Justin Cosnett, Chief Product Officer at Continent 8 Technologies, added:

“We are proud to be the first service provider to offer this regulated community cloud solution in the state; we understand the power of the first-mover, pay-as-you-grow advantage in such highly competitive states and markets.”

Continent 8 is already live in 24 US states with additional sites set to launch in the coming months as the company continues its mission of being the go-to hosting and connectivity provider in North America.

C8 Secure – a provider of comprehensive, multi-layered security solutions that focus on threat prevention – has announced a partnership with Vaya Space – a hybrid rocket propulsion and SmallSat launch company – to bring security solutions to the space industry and take C8 Secure’s parent company – Continent 8 Technologies and its network, literally into space.

Jack Blood, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Vaya Space, said, “We are excited to help Continent 8 Technologies Founder and CEO, Michael Tobin, continue to expand his vision for Continent 8 by providing space launch services for a planned satellite network. Partnering with C8 Secure, a new Continent 8 company, provides our launch customers and partners with turnkey cyber-security solutions for their operations, payloads, and constellations.”

In addition, this partnership will enable Continent 8 Technologies to increase network footprint, availability, and performance through the use of satellite technology.

Michael Tobin, Founder & CEO of Continent 8 said, “We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Vaya Space. It’s a complete game changer that brings three industry-leading organizations together. Continent 8 has always been deeply committed to reliable innovation and continued investment in advanced data centers, networks and digital infrastructure technology. This partnership allows us to literally bring our network into space, while at the same time knowing that Vaya’s customers and partners will be protected by the cybersecurity solutions that C8 Secure provides.”

Patrick Gardner, Managing Partner at C8 Secure, comments, “We are honored with the opportunity to extend our cybersecurity solution reach from customer premises to data centers and now space. Space-based systems and regulatory frameworks represent unique new challenges and we are up to the task, drawing upon our history of security and compliance success.”

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Specialist digital infrastructure provider responds to customer demand as province regulates online gambling market

Continent 8 Technologies is launching its Public Cloud solution in Toronto, Ontario in response to customer demand for cutting-edge cloud solutions now that the province has opened its doors to online gambling.

As of 4 April 2022, the province permits private gaming websites with appropriate licensing to start taking wagers.

Already live and licensed in several North American markets including New Jersey’s Atlantic City since 2015, Continent 8’s proven Public Cloud platform offers customers a multi-tenanted, scalable and resilient IaaS platform that allows them to host infrastructure as Virtual Machines.

Key features of the 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 network and Cloud Connect services, as well as DDoS protection and additional cybersecurity services.

A significant benefit for customers utilising the cloud is that it eliminates the need for ongoing hardware investment which in turn provides the flexibility to pay for resources as required. In addition, Continent 8 fully manages the cloud environment, removing the need for customers to maintain and support infrastructure and instead focus on their business.

Michael Tobin, CEO and Founder of Continent 8 Technologies, said:

“Launching our solution in Toronto forms part of our wider expansion plans for North America where we are growing rapidly to meet the demand for this vertical and other rewarding markets. Our customers can be assured that in Continent 8 they have an infrastructure partner that can support them in any location they need.”

Justin Cosnett, Chief Product Officer at Continent 8 Technologies, added:

“We have seen a surge in demand for our Public Cloud solution in Ontario since the province confirmed that it would be opening its doors to legal online gambling for the first time this month. Continent 8 is no stranger to providing its services in new markets globally. Our presence in Toronto forms part of our unrivalled connected network that spans four continents.”

Continent 8 continúa expandiendo su presencia en el mercado latinoamericano con la apertura de un Datacenter en Puerto Rico.

Continent 8 ahora ofrece su conjunto completo de servicios con base en Puerto Rico. Diversas rutas geográficas altamente seguras de Continente 8 conectan las instalaciones de Puerto Rico con la columna vertebral global de la compañía para transmitir datos entre más de 80 ubicaciones en cuatro continentes.

El Datacenter y punto de presencia (PoP) estratégico en Puerto Rico se suma al Datacenter y PoP en Bogotá, Colombia, que incluye una solución de nube pública. Asimismo, el lanzamiento de los servicios en Perú está programado para el segundo trimestre del año, ampliando aún más la presencia y capacidad operativa de la compañía.

Gabriel Szlaifsztein, Gerente General para América Latina de Continent 8 Technologies, dijo: “El mercado latinoamericano se está abriendo a paso acelerado y en Puerto Rico tenemos una jurisdicción que ofrece un gran potencial para operadores y proveedores.

“El lanzamiento de nuestros servicios en Puerto Rico se alinea con los esfuerzos para ser los primeros en comercializar en las regiones clave a las que apuntan nuestros clientes y también con nuestra creencia de que América Latina se convertirá en uno de los mercados de juego en línea más importantes del mundo”.

En noviembre, la Comisión de Juegos de Azar de Puerto Rico comenzó a aceptar solicitudes de operadores que querían asegurar una licencia de apuestas deportivas en línea en el mercado, que se estima generará más de $18 millones en su primer año.

Para obtener más información sobre los productos y servicios de clase mundial de Continent 8, comuníquese con el Sr. Gabriel Szlaifsztein, Gerente General, gabriel.s@continent8.com

ISP continues to ensure that its partners in the LatAm market can access its full suite of products and services via a new data centre and point of presence in Puerto Rico

Continent 8 Technologies, the leading provider of global managed hosting, connectivity and security solutions to the online gaming industry, continues to expand its presence in the fast-growing Latin American market with the opening of a data centre in Puerto Rico.

Continent 8 is now offering its full suite of services based out of Puerto Rico. Diverse geographical routes into Continent 8’s private and highly secure location connects the Puerto Rico facility to the company’s global backbone of more than 80 locations across four continents.

The data centre and strategic point of presence (PoP) in Puerto Rico adds to the company’s data centre and PoP in Bogota, Colombia, which includes a public cloud solution. Services in Peru are set for launch in the second quarter of the year, expanding the company’s footprint even further.

Gabriel Szlaifsztein, General Manager for Latin America at Continent 8 Technologies, said:

“The LatAm market is opening up at pace and in Puerto Rico we have a jurisdiction that offers a great deal of potential for operators and suppliers. The launch of our services in Puerto Rico aligns with efforts to be first to market in the key regions being targeted by our customers and also in our belief that Latin America will become one of the most significant online gambling markets in the world.”

Back in November, the Puerto Rico Gaming Commission started to accept applications from operators wanting to secure an online sports betting licence in the market, which is estimated to generate upwards of $18million in its first full year.

Managed hosting, connectivity, cloud and security provider to iGaming businesses recognised as top-level partner to Amazon Web Services less than a year after being approved as a Select Consulting Partner

Continent 8 Technologies has strengthened its position as the leading cloud and connectivity provider to the global gambling industry having been approved as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Consulting Partner.

The recognition comes less than a year after Continent 8 was approved as an AWS Select Consulting Partner. Having spent the past few months building out its capabilities, it has now been elevated into the advanced tier of AWS partners.

This status is reserved for partners at the top of their game, and Continent 8 has been able to achieve this by expanding the scale and scope of its capabilities across the organisation with additional training and certification for its existing technical team, as well as hiring experienced AWS specialists.

The company has been busy assisting customers with AWS projects and deployments, particularly in North America, with positive customer feedback required to satisfy AWS’ requirements. This includes America’s no. 1 sportsbook, FanDuel.

Shane Sweeney, VP of IT at FanDuel, said:

“Continent 8 are a key and strategic partner for FanDuel and the combination of Continent 8 Data Center services and Amazon Web Services has enabled FanDuel to focus on its mission of being absurdly fan-focused by delivering the best product in the industry.”

Providing value added solutions and services to customers during their AWS deployments was another key factor in Continent 8 achieving advanced tier status.

Having achieved AWS Advanced Consulting Partner status, Continent 8 will continue to expand its AWS offering, developing additional competencies within its existing teams and functions, to deliver best practice adoption, migration and security to customers via its AWS Cloud Accelerator service.

Justin Cosnett, Chief Product Officer at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “Achieving AWS Advanced Consulting Partner status is the next strategic step for Continent 8 as we continue to broaden our hyperscale cloud offering. It supports our mission to be the multi-cloud provider for the global online gambling industry.”

Keith Stafford, Head of Cloud Architecture at Continent 8 Technologies, added: “Since achieving Select Consulting Partner status in February 2021 we have continued to build out our capabilities and team to help customers accelerate the adoption of cloud technologies, supporting over 20 Outpost location deployments, as well as many more direct private cloud connectivity to our customers, to date. To achieve advanced tier status is further evidence that we are delivering the best solutions and services – well done to all involved.”

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