Online Gambling's Betfair Paddy Power OpenStack Choice

Published Friday, April 29, 2016 -
Online Gambling's Betfair Paddy Power OpenStack Choice

OpenStack is a free and open-source software platform for cloud computing, mostly deployed as an infrastructure-as-a-service, according to the Wikipedia site. That being explained a recent article about the new amalgamation of Betfair and Paddy Power an online gambling exchange and a high-street retailer was of interest to anyone that enjoys how the technology of the online gambling industry works.

The technical web magazine ComputerWorld UK revealed the platform information the new Betfair Paddy Power enterprise wanted to use. The choice is a new Red Hat's OpenStack cloud platform intended for its customer-facing systems.

Global head of operations at Betfair Paddy Power, Richard Haigh was present at the recent OpenStack Summit in Austin Texas USA and he commented on the platform to the Computer World UK correspondent, “The private cloud will host Betfair’s exchange a service similar to the stock exchanges – which supports 120 million transactions per day, 2.7 billion API transactions and has 1.7 million active users. It’ll also offer scope for the company to integrate the exchange with its physical stores, as well as powering its casino games that customers tend to play in between betting.”

Betfair picked Red Hat's OpenStack distribution because it needed to ensure as little downtime as possible. Betfair Paddy Power intends the deployment of the Openstack system to simplify the management of the company infrastructure. While the perception of an overly complex ecosystem is not necessarily that hard to take the Red Hat system provides a great deal of scope with its extra features and the ability to utilize those more complex systems should the company need or want them.

Once the company had decided on the software platform OpenStack it took a mere week and a half for Betfair to initiate a proof of concept, matched with performance and functional testing. “That was in part to satisfy, legally, that what everyone said they could do they could actually deliver,” Haigh explained.



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