Since 2004, bwin has housed its equipment with Interxion Austria. When the company outgrew its existing space, it conducted new research into potential data centre providers. Interxion came out on top, not just in Austria, but in France, as well.
The pressure bwin’s growth puts on its IT infrastructure is significant. bwin deploys 1,500 servers across a multi-country footprint. Within the data centres, they run a 10Gb data connection. During peak play times, such as Champions League matches, daily traffic volume exceeds 2Gb.
After five years of housing its equipment in Interxion’s Vienna data centre, bwin needed more space. The company started a thorough research process for potential providers.
"One of the first questions we asked was, can you provide us with all the international carriers we need?" says Christian Schöll, project manager at bwin.
Data centre stability and security were vital, something that not all providers offered. bwin’s decision-making criteria also included availability and pre-testing, with rigorous requirements in areas such as cooling performance, power and space, SLAs, and accredited information security management systems, such as ISO 27001. And last, but by no means least, reputation.
"After an in-depth market analysis, it quickly became clear that Interxion was still best in class," says Schöll. "They offered the best selection of national and international carriers, the best technical specifications, the best references and excellent know-how." So the existing partnership with Interxion was extended.
"The Interxion team is very professional – everyone understands fast and reacts promptly and flexibly to our specific requirements," says Schöll.
bwin sees the monthly performance checks on Interxion’s back-up systems as an enormous security benefit. In addition, Interxion’s practical availability generally reaches 100pc.
"We count on an international partner that knows its business," says Schöll. "Any downtime on our web applications is not acceptable."
And then there are the additional opportunities provided through Interxion’s pan-European capability. Interxion’s 28 European data centres are all uniformly designed and operated, with a centralised, multilingual customer service operation. bwin recently took advantage of this opportunity by installing servers in Interxion’s recently completed PAR 5 data centre in Paris. Its agreement was quickly extended here, as well, showing that bwin’s satisfaction with Interxion goes beyond borders.
What bwin does …
Since its launch in 1999, bwin has become the world’s leading publicly listed online gaming platform. Today, the company has more than 20m customers who are registered for a range of sports bets, poker, casino and other games. bwin has 1,400 employees, 850 of whom are based at the headquarters in Vienna.
What Interxion delivers …
- Best-in-class equipment housing with the ability to scale and reconfigure space as required
- Direct access to almost 100 carriers/ISPs, including the VIX (Vienna Internet Exchange)
- Multiple physical security layers and 24-hour security support with controlled customer access
- Guaranteed power availability of 99.999pc with N+1 backup generators and cooling and N+2 UPS
- Redundant cooling equipment with free cooling and cold-aisle cooling
- ISO 27001-certified information security management systems