Verizon Terremark Deal Could Be Challenger for T-Mobile Casinos
Jan 28, 2011
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Verizon Communications Inc. has contracted to purchase of Terremark Worldwide Inc., a collocation and cloud hosting service provider, for $1.4 billion, in a deal that is expected to hasten their thrust into “Everything-as-a-service” cloud computing.
Everything could very well include mobile gambling services.
Verizon president and COO Lowell McAdam explained, “Cloud computing continues to fundamentally alter the way enterprises procure, deploy and manage IT resources, and this combination helps create a tipping point for ‘everything-as-a-service.’”
Terremark will give Verizon a collection of secure and scalable internet cloud based solutions, and 13 data centers, which include the NAP of the Capital Region data fortress in Culpeper, Virginia, the NAP of the Americas in Miami, and additional facilities in Dallas, Texas, the Silicon Valley of California, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Security is a top concern for both offline and online casinos interested in allowing players to gamble with real money. Moreover proximity to players is important to game servers in order to reduce and eliminate lag time which can spoil the player experience.
The potential for cloud casinos has not yet been adequately explored, but platform-as-a-service computing has been demonstrated to reduce technology infrastructure and development costs. Cloud casinos, once launched and past their teething pains, may prove as disruptive to existing internet casinos as web casinos have been to brick-and-mortar casinos.
T-Mobile casinos will likely prove a poor challenger to Verizon’s sophisticated cloud casinos. Already, players find T-Mobile to be mere fun at best with no potential to spend time playing profitably. Players who wish to wager on T-Mobile phones must download casino software from third parties. It is easy to imagine Verizon users visiting Verizon casinos, which have either been launched directly by the telecommunication company themselves, or by third parties utilizing the technology and infrastructure acquired by Terremark.
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