Online gambling IT hosting provider Continent 8 Technologies is launching a new data center on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao.

The facility is currently set to be inaugurated next month, and will be designed to a Tier IV standard. Details surrounding the size and IT capacity of the facility have not been shared. DCD has contacted the company for more information.

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The decision to open a data center on the Caribbean island comes off the back of new initiatives set out by the Curaçao Gaming Control Board, which have adjusted the licensing procedure for operators on the island.

The Curaçao Gaming Control Board's website states that: "As of November 15, 2023, it will be possible for operators to apply for a new license under the current law directly with the GCB."

The control board is also "modernizing" its gambling legislation, and the first gaming sector to be legalized under this is "remote gaming."

Michael Tobin, founder and CEO at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “We have been powering operators and suppliers in regulated jurisdictions for 25 years, providing compliant hosting solutions, globally. Thanks to our experience, regulatory knowledge, and solutions, we have become the trusted infrastructure partner to the industry.

“Our move into Curaçao comes at a time when operators and suppliers need infrastructure solutions they can rely on, and this is exactly what we have built our name and reputation on.”

On the Continent 8 website, the company lists data centers in five locations across Latin America: Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Curaçao, though the company's latest announcement suggests only four sites are live, though the company says "numerous additional locations [are] planned for the coming year."

Earlier this year, Continent 8 launched the expansion of its Atlantic City data center in New Jersey. The expansion saw the company add 5,333 sq ft (495 sqm) of data center space via a Modular Data Center addition.