PokerStars, operators of the world’s largest internet poker site, has agreed a three year hosting contract with Manx Telecom.
A total of 48 data hosting racks and associated equipment will be relocated from their current location in Dublin to the Greenhill Data Centre (GDC) which opened last year.
The contract has enabled Manx Telecom to proceed with building phase two of the GDC project.
Island based PokerStars has been one of the company’s hosting clients since 2005, and this new agreement is in addition to the hosting services already provided by Manx Telecom.
Contracts for construction, mechanical and electrical works for phase two of GDC have been awarded to Isle of Man firm SCS (Stewart Clague Services Ltd) which will mean that it will be delivered using approximately 95 per cent local labour.
Manx Telecom chief executive officer Gary Lamb said: ‘This contract extends and expands the very successful relationship we have with PokerStars, and represents another endorsement of our commitment to invest a total of £10million in the GDC project.
‘Phase one is already home to a variety of hosting and managed services customers across several sectors, and we’re delighted that we can now progress with phase two.
‘This new PokerStars contract is excellent news for Manx Telecom and enhances our global reputation as a world class hosting provider – but it’s also great news for the Isle of Man’s eGaming sector and the local economy.”
Gary Hill, director of IT operations at PokerStars, said: ‘Being offline costs money, that’s why we rely on a world class hosting provider who can provide hosting which meets the highest standards of quality, security and resilience.
‘We’re delighted to award this new contract to Manx Telecom and to extend our association with a trusted business partner.’
Manx Telecom also owns and operates its Douglas North data centre which opened in 2005 – with GDC this means that the company is the only Isle of Man provider with two Tier 3 data centres.
This rating is only given to facilities which meet world class standards.
The design for phase two of GDC, which was carried out by technical design specialists Arup, incorporates enhanced levels of uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) which provide improved resilience when compared with a ‘standard’ Tier 3 UPS configuration. Phase two of GDC is expected to be operational by October this year.