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DATA CENTRE MALTA - This article originally appeared in the Malta Report of the eGaming Review Magazine

Changing the Rules of the Game

Outsourcing IT operations to a managed data centre has become an essential component of the strategy of internet-based companies that do not possesses the resources to develop an in-house IT solution. Practically every aspect of a business’ IT requirements can be outsourced thanks to managed data hosting and cloud management.

By entrusting your IT needs to a professional data centre that works hand-in-hand with your organisation to create a solution customised for your egaming needs, you can benefit from dedicated equipment and a team of experts who support you in all your data requirements. A managed service saves you the time and money needed to acquire and maintain the necessary hardware to outfit an IT department, as well as train personnel to manage it.

 

The Key Benefits of Data Management Services

As the leading and largest data centre in Malta, BMIT has invested heavily in implementing cutting-edge technology that delivers high quality colocation and data management services. As a company with extensive experience in dealing with the specific requirements of players in the egaming industry, we offer a range of solutions tailored to the specific business needs and regulatory environment that characterise this sector. 

Data management is proving to be an invaluable service for companies in the egaming business. As computing realities become more complex, the need to disentangle one’s business operation from the IT platform supporting it is increasingly being felt by business owners. Outsourcing your IT department to a managed data centre frees precious time and resources that can be directed where they are needed most: growing your business potential and caring for your customers.

Managed hosting services are ideal for new and rapidly growing companies that have limited space and capital for the technical infrastructure needed to cope with the increased demand on their IT system. The key benefit of data management service is the ability to outsource the need for IT management, maintenance and support to an external provider.

Even established companies in the gaming business entrust their data needs to managed services in order to focus more clearly on meeting their business goals and satisfying their customers. BMIT provides its clients with the same level of customisation as an in-house solution but at a significantly lower cost and with the addition of dedicated attention from our expert technical team.

  

The Importance of Cloud Services for eGaming

The introduction of cloud computing has put a further obligation on professional data centres seeking to provide services to clients working in the egaming industry. It has become increasingly common for companies to demand for cloud server management alongside their managed data plan. Data centres are also expected to understand the relative benefits and security risks of different types of cloud offerings and be able to offer clients a solution that doesn’t compromise on either flexibility or security.

In view of the importance of cloud computing, BMIT has rolled out a range of fully-automated cloud services that are built on a robust and secure infrastructure developed in partnership with Parallels Automation. We offer clients a diverse spectrum of cloud types including public, private and hybrid models. The latter has proven to be a popular solution among egaming operators since it combines the security and customisability of an in-house solution with the scalability and affordability of external systems.

The main advantage of a hybrid cloud solution for gaming is its ability to accommodate sudden spikes in usage and avoiding unnecessary and potentially damaging downtime. An application would typically run on the private side of the cloud and if demand for computing capacity increases then the application spills over into the public cloud, providing continuity and a degree of redundancy. The appeal of hybrid cloud systems is very strong and the rising popularity of egaming, especially MMORPGs, is set to fuel demand for this type of cloud service in the future.

 

BMIT and Malta’s Position in the eGaming Industry

The Maltese market has consistently proven to be a natural environment for egaming operators to establish and grow their business. Besides the benefits of a stable geopolitical and economic situation, the island enjoys a robust egaming regulatory framework that permits overseas operators to start their business with the full cooperation of the authorities. Moreover, Malta has an international reputation as a hub for IT excellence due to the presence of state-of-art data facilities and highly qualified technical experts.

BMIT builds upon and expands on the advantages that being based in Malta entails. We operate two data centres in Malta, both with full power, incredible security, and multiple communications redundancy, complemented by the highest standard of operations and management. As the largest data centre in Malta and an established service provider for online gaming customers for many years, we have developed a distinct boutique-style of operation that focuses on providing a personalised and tailored service that adapts to the unique business goals of each of our clients.

BMIT has also distinguished itself as a secure and efficient partner, being fully certified with ISO 27001 and PCI DSS certifications, thus guaranteeing peace of mind and security to our customers. To ensure that our customers always have the highest uptime possible, our technical staff provide on-site, round-the-clock monitoring of the cloud system, as well as performing proactive maintenance. As part of our effort to consistently achieve this, BMIT is always looking into upgrading and enhance the current system to provide a better and more up-to-date service to clients.

 

Meeting Present and Future Industry Needs

In order to provide a managed data centre service that fits better with the needs of the gaming industry, BMIT has bolstered its managed hosting solutions with cloud server coverage. We aim to be a one-stop-shop that caters for the needs of our egaming clients and this is achieved by enhancing traditional data management offers with the lawww technological advances that characterise the day-to-day operations of the industry. Our technical staff is trained to respond to the needs of egaming clients and we can also provide tailored advice on regulations and dealing with different jurisdictions.

Whereas many companies charge their customers a flat monthly fee for their data services, BMIT offers an innovative pay-as-you-go option that provides greater flexibility and control to our clients. With this option, a company can choose to ramp up the amount of resources that are available to it at peak times and pay for the extra resources used only in that period. The same company can choose to downscale consumption again later when the demand has subsided.

This payment model has become increasingly relevant for egaming companies that experience varying levels of demand on their servers due to sudden peaks of traffic and complements the infrastructural flexibility that is inherent in the lawww hybrid cloud technology.

 

Creating a Level Playing Field

The role of hosting services as key partners of both small or large organisations in the gaming sector is increasingly evident through their ability to provide customisable and cost-effective solutions that maximise their clients’ business potential. The advantages of entrusting your data to a managed service is that information will be housed in a secure facility with a team of IT professionals available round-the-clock to provide you with any technical advice you need. 

All managed services can be tailored to your business’ requirements, and both offsite and onsite support is provided whenever you need it. This has to be accomplished without compromising on safety and standards certification is one way hosting companies offer clients peace of mind when searching for the ideal cloud solution for their business.

In a world where IT becomes ever more central to the operations of a business and data needs are more complex, handling the technology behind it is not something for the faint-hearted. Taking a do-it-yourself approach to managing IT is a costly and time-consuming affair.

Not every company has the resources to develop an in-house IT solution that caters to their business needs and it may be prohibitive for a startup to spend so much time and money on IT infrastructure.

This money and time could be more wisely spent in expanding your business and improving your product. That’s why we make it our business to manage your IT, while you focus on taking your company to the next level.

BMIT’s range of managed solutions

BMIT offers a range of managed services for companies in all industries. From colocation to cloud server management; anything that our team can do, it can do for you.

We will house your data in our state-of-the-art data centres and our dedicated team of IT professionals will look after it to ensure that everything works smoothly. All our managed services can be tailored to your business’ requirements and we provide both offsite and onsite support whenever you need it.

Leave the IT in our hands and focus your energies on developing your business.

BMIT can provide you with the same level of customisation as an in-house team but at a significantly lower cost. We also offer the same range of services as other outsourced IT companies, but with the superior level of quality and dedication which our team is renowned for.

Data centre services

Spending money on expensive IT infrastructure is one of the biggest obstacles that companies, especially startups, have to face. And the costs don’t stop there. You need to train individuals to manage the technology, regularly maintain it and - of course - find a suitable space where to house it.

BMIT’s managed data centre service lets you benefit from our state-of-the-art equipment and team of experts, who will manage and support you in all your data needs.

Whether you are looking for data co-location or cloud server services, BMIT can implement a solution that fits your requirements like a glove, and guarantees a high level of support at all times.

Our team will work to avoid any unwanted downtime and help your system get back on track should disaster strike. We will also provide you with the expert technical advice you need to optimise your system and give you the freedom to focus entirely on running your core business.

System administration

Also part of BMIT’s managed services portfolio, system administration is a key component in running a company’s IT infrastructure and we offer a personalised solution that benefits your company through significant cost savings and reduced capital spending.

Our managed system administration service includes the full range of tasks that running an IT system requires. The system will be managed by a designated technical account manager, who also serves as a single point of contact for your business to facilitate your managed services needs.

BMIT also offer companies the option to invest in the managed services they require for the timeframe they are needed. This prepaid service ensures that you pay for exactly the amount of work you need to be done, and it provides more flexibility for a company to scale up or down its commitment as its demands require.

Managed infrastructure

The suite of managed infrastructure services are ideal for companies that want to avoid the hassle of purchasing or leasing the hardware they need to run an in-house IT department. Instead, you can benefit from BMIT’s equipment that will immediately provide you with an IT system that’s up-and-running the moment you are.

Our range of managed infrastructure services include hardware management, network infrastructure, firewall management and load balancing. We will monitor your system as well as provide you with any additional support, such as monthly reports, to help you track your system’s performance.

Our team of technical experts will ensure that your operations will not be disrupted by unwanted downtime and are always ready to step in if something goes wrong. In fact, with any of BMIT’s managed services you will enjoy top-notch, round-the-clock IT support.

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In summary, the managed services offered by BMIT are a fully-comprehensive solution to help you focus on your business’ growth.

Our team will handle all your IT-related needs and provide you with a service that meets your requirements in a flexible, efficient and cost-effective way. Every essential aspect of your IT requirements can be managed and supported by our team in the safest and most professional way possible.

With BMIT on your side, you can be free to pursue your company’s goals and provide a better experience to your customers.

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