Camelot, the operator of the National Lottery, has signed a 10-year deal to outsource its datacentre to Equinix.

The company is replacing its existing ISDN network with a new satellite network for lottery retailers, and this will link into the Equinix datacentre.

The datacentre will act as the central hub for Camelot information systems, processing all of the data from retailers.

Jonathan Root, chief systems architect at Camelot, said the company could now build its systems “in an extremely secure environment”.

The company is in the middle of an IT transformation programme, under which it has promised to introduce the latest technology and networks to enable the rapid launch of new games in retail, online and for interactive television.

Last November, Camelot signed a multi-year contract with Atos Origin to help it manage its SAP environment.

It claims to run one of the world’s most efficient lotteries, with only five percent of revenue spent on operating costs. It recently won a renewal of its licence to run the National Lottery for the next 10 years.

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