Stanley International Betting is one of the leading online sports betting providers across Europe with over 700 Betting Points across Italy, Romania, Croatia, Germany, Belgium, Greece and Cyprus.
Stanley International’s head office and main IT department of 15 is based in Liverpool with their data centre located in a secure outsourced hosted site in Malta and remote offices in Brussels, Croatia, Romania, supporting in total over 15,000 Stanley personnel and agents. Andrew Waland, IT Systems Administration Manager, Stanley International commented. “There are very few industries that face the business and competitive challenges that international sports betting companies face. The regulations are tighter than any other industry, and in such a competitive market, any loss of service can mean loss of competitive advantage”
As a UK based sports betting retailer, Stanley International needs to tightly demonstrate best practice and due diligence in order to qualify for a Remote Gambling Licence issued by the Maltese Lotteries and Gaming Authority. Without this licence, Stanley International is unable to trade.
With these factors in mind, Stanley International took advice from their trusted channel partner, Willow Starcom, to decrease their 8 hour backup windows; increase reliability and capacity than that achieved by their existing Overland tape autoloader, which had simply been outgrown in expansion. (Stanley’s data is growing 25-30% year on year). The storage solution proposed was two Tandberg Data StorageLibrary T40’s – one residing in Malta (with an LTO-3 SCSI drive) and one in Liverpool (with two LTO-3 fibre drives for simultaneous backup of head office functions). Supporting the European remote offices, 3 x Tandberg Data LTO-2 HH rack mount drives were proposed.
In April 07, the StorageLibrary T40 was delivered to Malta. Stanley International liked the fact that the StorageLibrary T40 was compact in a small 4U form factor but boasted the high capacity and performance that serving 30,000 files a day requires. Reliability was also an essential factor in Stanley’s decision to move to the StorageLibrary T40. The StorageLibrary T40 was racked and installed relatively easily within a few days and then the testing, backup and documentation process went live under remote management from Liverpool.
The StorageLibrary T40 which carries 40 slots, means pretty much unattended backup (previously it had been a manually time consuming job switching tapes). Overall storage management is easier than before and this is done remotely to the island data centre using a web interface. With remote management, Andrew and his team can remotely monitor, control, configure and diagnose the Maltese StorageLibrary T40 – it even notifies them automatically if an error situation is suspected.
In conclusion Andrew simply notes, “The Tandberg Data StorageLibrary T40’s provide Stanley International with a belt-and-braces failsafe system that does not leak data.”
About Stanley International Betting
Stanley is one of the leaders in the sports betting sector. It is the absolute first in Casino’s in the U.K. Historically Stanley is the international bookmaker for sports betting. It operates in many European countries (Italy among these) and stretches as far as South America. The head of Stanley ’s group, Stanley Leisure Ltd is quoted on the London stock exchange, among the 250 companies that make up the prestigious FTSE.
About Tandberg Data
Tandberg Data is a leading global supplier of backup and archiving technologies. Tandberg Data offers of a complete range of tape libraries, tape autoloaders and tape drives (based on the LTO™, SLR™ and VXA® tape technology platforms), storage software, data media and disk-based storage such as the RDX® QuikStor™. These solutions are marketed exclusively through a channel of qualified resellers and distributors.
These solutions are underpinned by OEM agreements with major server manufacturers including IBM, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Apple and Dell and supported by all major operating systems and storage software applications to operate in heterogeneous network environments. All solutions are designed to meet the growing storage requirements of small and medium-sized organisations with scalability, reliability and backward compatibility features that ensure cost effective operation and long-term investment protection.
In addition to corporate offices in Oslo, Norway, TANDBERG DATA ASA has subsidiaries in the USA, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and Singapore, as well as branch offices in Italy, India, and China (PRC) Thailand and Brazil. TANDBERG DATA ASA is a publicly held company based in Oslo, Norway and is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker=TAD).
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About Willow Starcom
Willow Starcom is a privately owned company, founded in 1990 to provide specialist IT services across a range of market sectors. The company offers a nationwide service to our corporate clients via the strategically positioned team of technical consultants and engineers throughout the UK.
The Company operates from within two distinct divisions; Networking and Storage, each offering a comprehensive menu of technical services, ranging from Consultancy and Project Planning to Implementation and Support. The Company’s official certifications with a number of notable vendors in these markets, strengthens our position by assuring preferential access to specialist technical training and resources.