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Oddschecker makes safe bet for future growth with Claranet cloud migration

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The challenge When Oddschecker hit the market, it hosted all of its data and applications within its own on-premise data centre. This was sufficient in the company's early days, but rapid growth meant that the data centre had reached a point where it was operating at full capacity, which was unsustainable in the long term and threatened to constrain efforts to grow further. As the organisation had ambitious plans to continue its expansion, Oddschecker realised that migrating its entire stack to the cloud was the most effective way of sustaining its momentum. Given the company's unique requirements as an odds comparison website and the fact that it operates in a heavily regulated industry, meant that Oddschecker needed to carefully scope out its requirements, including which cloud provider would best suit their needs. Oddschecker Established in 2001 and acquired by Sky in 2007, Oddschecker is an odds comparison website which compares the various prices offered by leading bookmakers and betting exchanges. The company is also able to facilitate transactions through its own platforms, having gained access to the APIs of several of the bookmakers that it works with. The fast-moving nature of the betting industry means that Oddschecker is tasked with processing between 500 and 600 odds updates per second, before rapidly refreshing the website interface so that users have access to the most reliable information. As such, speed is of the essence and the IT systems that underpin everything the company does have to be responsive, reliable, and flexible enough to cope with highly demanding workloads. Oddschecker makes safe bet for future growth with Claranet cloud migration Claranet case study Oddschecker As Matt Robinson, Head of Technology at Oddschecker, explains: "Our on-premise data centre solution had served us well in the early stages of our development but we quickly reached a point where a single data centre with limited capacity couldn't meet our needs for the long term. The need for increased processing power fluctuates rapidly in our industry, with major events such as the Grand National requiring a rapid boost, while demand then drops during quieter periods. "With all of this in mind, we needed to embrace a much more flexible approach to our IT so cloud seemed like the obvious way to go. The challenge was that we had limited in-house expertise in this area so we needed some outside help to determine the best course of action, and to ensure that we remained compliant with regulations." The solution Sharing Google Cloud's commitment to DevOps methodologies and open source technologies, Claranet is a natural partner to support Oddschecker to employ Kubernetes to its full potential. With their technical expertise and commercial flexibility, Claranet has helped Oddschecker develop a data- driven philosophy that will enhance their business goals." Google Cloud Account Manager "

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