Gaming solution provider and market analyst BtoBet has published a White Paper on the future of cloud computing in iGaming businesses.
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ccording to a White Paper published by gaming business analysts and solutions provider BtoBet, the gambling industry has been too wary of outsourcing operations to cloud computing companies for fear they may lose secure data.
BtoBet argues that the Cloud is much safer than people think, and as iGaming software increasingly requires more space and scalability, operators will naturally, and exponentially, turn to the benefits of cloud technology.
BtoBet’s paper includes research which predicts that 40 percent of data centres will be outsourced by 2019, suggesting a dramatic shift in skillsets amongst companies’ in-house teams.
“There is a common misconception that when iGaming and betting companies choose a cloud system, they are sacrificing their firm’s security,” said Vasilije Skoro, Btobet’s Head of Product Development. “On the contrary, however, apart from being cheaper to operate, Cloud servers offer a higher level of security compared to their physical counterparts.
The popularity of traditional bulky servers has diminished significantly over the last few years as the benefits of Cloud servers have become far more apparent. BtoBet claims that Cloud computing has demonstrated to help companies make businesses more profitable and viable, whilst still simultaneously offering a high level of security.
“When using a Cloud server, the iGaming business won’t have to worry that its data is going to get mixed up with another user’s,” Skoro added. “Each and every operator is installed on its own independent frame, meaning that it is impossible for data to get mixed up.
With its scalability and flexibility, a Cloud operating system facilitates these choices with great efficiency. This way, companies can focus more on the important things; such as getting to know their players and actually running their businesses.
“Having an IT ‘structure’ based on the Cloud means that the business can avoid the need to build and maintain expensive and bulky in-house computer infrastructures, offering a vast range of advantages which include but are not limited to: self-service provisioning; elasticity (companies can scale up as computing needs increase, and then scale down once again as demands decrease); and pay per use. Moreover, when choosing what Cloud server to use for your business, it is important to ensure that the provider possesses all the necessary ISO certifications to guarantee maximum data security.”
Skoro also explained how technology has advanced significantly over the years and will continue to change rapidly, which is why businesses need to start evolving in their approach. He offers examples such as operators adding sportsbooks as part of their offers, and land-based operators deciding to also operate online.
“With its scalability and flexibility,” Skoro said, “a Cloud operating system facilitates these choices with great efficiency. This way, companies can focus more on the important things; such as getting to know their players and actually running their businesses.”
Evolved platforms, he added, increasingly need to be supported specifically through the Cloud, as this guarantees an advanced level of scalability and flexibility.
A professional software company such a BtoBet,” said Skoro, “offers effective Cloud management systems to the iGaming and betting industry assisting companies in many different areas, including the analysis of business requirements, development, application management and operations, server management and hosting.“