Sportingbet, Australia’s biggest bookmaker, services the widest range of sports and markets both directly and through its affiliates.
A normal weekend event can attract between 18,000-50,000 transactions in a 2 hour window for NRL, AFL and English Premier League soccer games. If Sportingbet had a system outage during a major event it could cost the business close to AUD$1m.
In early 2012, Sportingbet acquired Centrebet and needed to merge the business and IT operations and the associated TAB feeds into a single entity. In addition, the company wanted to remove a legacy IT solution and integrate a new betting engine, within a very tight timeframe, and against a background where the entire commercial operation is totally dependent on business continuity. For commercial reasons the full integration had to be complete by the end of August 2012, and any impact on the TAB partners or the end users would have been seriously detrimental to Sportingbet’s bottom line and reputation.
The merged operation had to be capable of scaling in near-real-time to handle peak traffic events such as the AFL/NRL Grand Final Weekend, English Premier League Soccer and Melbourne Cup festival, whilst also being flexible enough to accommodate the introduction of new products on-the-fly.
In 6 months MOQdigital delivered a high-availability solution that took feeds from Virtual Private Networks located throughout Australia, into a feed aggregator in the Cloud, to a betting engine based in Sydney, and a back office system in Darwin, and it was all spliced into an existing BAU environment seamlessly.