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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – New Jersey-licensed Continent 8 Technologies, the world’s largest online gambling data center and global network solutions provider, has opened a new data center at the Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This expansion is Continent 8’s second location in Atlantic City responding to the demand generated by the passing of sports betting legislation in New Jersey, providing immediate availability to online gaming, sports betting, and eSports vendors.

A third new, independent Continent 8 data center location in Atlantic City will be added shortly to further capacity and provide additional secure data redundancy and disaster recovery.


The Ocean Resort Casino data center, in conjunction with the other upcoming location, provides connectivity to Pennsylvania and Nevada locations, and a direct link to Continent 8’s global network of 30+ data centers. As the only independent provider licensed by NJ’s Division of Gaming Enforcement authorized to supply data center and network services to online gambling licensees, Continent 8 is positioned to support any online gaming operator seeking to enter the New Jersey and broader US market.

“The opening of the Ocean Resort on June 28 is a major development for the renewal of Atlantic City. Continent 8 is honored to contribute to this exciting development by partnering with Ocean Resort Casino,” said Michael Tobin, CEO of Continent 8. “The new data center provides independent licensed infrastructure and cyber security services for online gaming operators, particularly sports betting providers. Utilizing our connected and secured global network allows multi-state customer data to be consolidated in New Jersey, leading to reduced costs and increased service availability to users.”

“On June 20, for the eighth consecutive year, Continent 8 was awarded the prestigious ‘Datacentre of the Year’ award at the annual EGR B2B Awards in London,” said Nick Nally, Chief Development Officer for Continent 8. “Our global leadership continues with our new data center, which provides connectivity to our global network and opens doors to operators in other states.”

Interested online gaming operators are invited to contact Continent 8 (www.continent8.com) and speak with their team of global experts to ensure they secure capacity before the market becomes crowded. Furthermore, Continent 8 is actively working with consultants to enable other states that may want to act quickly in response to the opening of sports betting in the United States.

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CHICAGO – ServerCentral introduced its Recover Anywhere managed service powered by Veeam Backup & Replication (part of Veeam Availability Suite). Recover Anywhere is a fully managed service that enables customers to use any infrastructure or cloud platform as the restore point for their applications, data and servers. That means customers can restore data on-demand to their on-premise infrastructure, a ServerCentral Enterprise or Private Cloud, a Managed Amazon Web Services (AWS) solution, or another other cloud provider.

“People often neglect recovery. But backing up is just one part of the equation, it doesn’t do you much good if you can’t recover,” said Tom Kiblin, VP of Managed Services at ServerCentral. “We want organizations to be as confident in the recovery as they are in their backup. RTO/RPO shouldn’t be unknowns or even variables. They should be certainties.”


Everything accessible to everyone, 24x7x365, is now the minimum business requirement and Recover Anywhere is designed to keep customers always-on, regardless of their application architecture or cloud platforms. With Recover Anywhere, ServerCentral’s Managed Services team works with customers to guarantee their recovery time and point objectives (RTO and RPO) are defined and met on an application by application basis, and that their destinations for recovery and restore can meet the changing nature of their business.

“Hybrid cloud environments are the norm today, but the increased criticality and sprawl of data introduces new challenges to maintaining an always-on digital experience,” said Matt Kalmenson, Vice President of Sales and Service Provider Sales, Americas, at Veeam. “ServerCentral’s approach to availability goes beyond backup, leveraging intelligent approaches to data management and the managed service expertise needed to make Hyper-Availability a reality. We are pleased to have ServerCentral as a partner in our effort to solve the key challenges of our joint customers.”

The Recover Anywhere service includes:

  • Complete configuration & administration by ServerCentral’s Managed Services experts
  • Backup, retention and restore processes and schedule designed around customer requirements
  • Support for applications, data and complete server environments
  • Quarterly review of backup and retention schedule and processes
  • Annual testing of application, data and server restore processes

Recover Anywhere is part of ServerCentral’s Managed Backup & Recovery Service portfolio, all of which are configured, administered, monitored, and supported by the ServerCentral Managed Services team. ServerCentral works with customers to understand their data protection needs and configure the service parameters to support their unique business, financial, and technological requirements. Customers can adjust the frequency of backups, retention policy, encryption methods, data locations and restore processes to fit these requirements.

About ServerCentral
ServerCentral provides managed IT infrastructure solutions for leading technology, finance, healthcare, and e-commerce companies including Basecamp, ABN AMRO, Vizient and Shopify. Since 2000 we’ve architected, deployed, managed and scaled mission critical solutions across our global data center footprint – including North America, Europe, and Asia. Whether it’s cloud, managed services, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), or colocation, ServerCentral designs the optimal solution for each client. Learn more by visiting us at http://www.servercentral.com or contact us at +1 (312) 829-1111, sales@servercentral.com or follow us on Twitter @ServerCentral.

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AUSTIN, TX – Bluehost, an Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) company and top-rated web host by WordPress.org, today announced its annual Internet in Education Scholarship. Students will be asked to pitch a business idea via a written essay and the winners will be selected to receive $1,500 in scholarship funds, plus a year of free Basic Shared Hosting from Bluehost to start that business.

“Supporting up-and-coming entrepreneurs is what drives the Bluehost community,” said Suhaib Zaheer, general manager, Bluehost. “We are proud to offer students the freedom to harness the web to bring their business ideas to life.”


The scholarships will be awarded to those who write the most compelling one-page essays as judged by the Bluehost marketing team.

Applications are being accepted now through 11:59PM CDT on May 30, 2018. Winners will be announced on or around June 15, 2018.

Specific information, including contest rules and essay topic can be found here: https://www.bluehost.com/blog/bluehost-news/bluehost-internet-in-education-scholarship-2018-9736

About Bluehost
Bluehost, an Endurance International Group company, is a leading provider of cloud-based solutions, including web hosting services, eCommerce tools, marketing applications, and more. Built on open source technology, Bluehost designs and operates its own servers, develops innovative new internet technologies, and actively supports and participates in the open source community. For more information, visit www.bluehost.com.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EIGI) (em)Powers millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to enhance their online web presence, email marketing, mobile business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and SiteBuilder, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,500 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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AUSTIN, TX – Bluehost, an Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) company and top-rated web host by WordPress.org, today announced The Natural Beauty Workshop as the Grand Prize winner of the Bluehost Spotlight Awards. The awards program was designed to shine a light on the powerful WordPress websites that Bluehost customers have created.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for combining my years of natural skin care and online community experience on The Natural Beauty Workshop,” said Mary Helen Leonard, editor, The Natural Beauty Workshop. “The Bluehost platform enables us to serve both as a venue to share resources and information with our valued friends and customers and also provides a way for our customers to share their thoughts and feedback with us in a friendly, welcoming environment.”


The following were runners-up in the annual awards:

1st runner-up: Gluten Free Follow Me
2nd runner-up: The Newbie Investors
3rd runner-up: Kelli Dease Photography
4th runner-up: Elevate Photography

Honorable mentions were awarded to: A Change of Mind, Swoon Talent, Isaiah Design Co., The Sassy Soap Company, Amy West Travel

Entries were judged on overall creativity and originality; overall look, design, grammar, and professionalism; and the use of WordPress themes, plugins and technology. The Grand Prize winner will receive a sponsored trip to WordCamp US 2018 in Nashville, TN and one year of free Cloud or Shared web hosting with Bluehost.

“Empowering these entrepreneurs to fully harness the web has always been our mission,” said Suhaib Zaheer, general manager, Bluehost. “We are proud to reward these customers who are making a difference and chasing their passions while using our platform.”

For more information on the awards and the winners, please visit: www.bluehost.com/blog.

About Bluehost
Bluehost, an Endurance International Group company, is a leading provider of cloud-based solutions, including web hosting services, eCommerce tools, marketing applications, and more. Built on open source technology, Bluehost designs and operates its own servers, develops innovative new internet technologies, and actively supports and participates in the open source community. For more information, visit www.bluehost.com.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EIGI) (em)Powers millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to enhance their online web presence, email marketing, mobile business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and SiteBuilder, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,500 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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WALTHAM, MA – In celebration of National Small Business Week (April 29 – May 5, 2018), a new survey from Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) company and leader in email marketing solutions, sheds light on how small business owners approach and prioritize operations, marketing, strategic planning and more.

The nationally representative survey found that small business owners wear many hats and almost all (95 percent) do some form of marketing for themselves. However, when it comes to marketing and promoting their businesses, most entrepreneurs and small business owners are self-taught (64 percent) but still don’t consider themselves very marketing savvy, making the vendors and tools they select to support them even more important. In fact, less than half (46 percent) consider themselves “marketing savvy” and only nine percent say they are “extremely marketing savvy.”


“Marketing is key to the success of a small business, but the reality is that most small businesses and entrepreneurs aren’t marketing experts and have limited time and resources available to support marketing activities,” said Jonathan Kateman, general manager of Constant Contact. “At Constant Contact, we believe technology can level the playing field and, for the past 20 years, we have been committed to empowering small businesses and nonprofits with the tools and real, human support they need to succeed. From help figuring out the right marketing strategy for their individual needs, to content recommendations, design tips, expert-taught classes and professional support to take their marketing to the next level, we stand with small businesses every step of the way.”

Survey Sheds Light on Small Business Operations

Below are additional findings from the survey and insights from author, consultant and small business expert, Pamela Slim, who has partnered with Constant Contact to share these findings:

Operating Year-to-Year vs. Looking Ahead: Survey responses suggest that small business owners tend to operate on a year-to-year basis and often need to prioritize issues of the day and tangible, immediate business objectives over longer-term strategic plans. In fact, most small business owners (63 percent) plan strategically just a year (or less) in advance. Looking to the future, small business owners most often indicated that their top business goals for 2018 included the following:

  • 64 percent – Increasing revenue/sales
  • 53 percent – Increasing new customers
  • 33 percent – Offering superior customer service
  • 32 percent – Increasing productivity

“When you look at what small business owners are prioritizing in 2018, marketing is a critical component to achieving those goals,” said Slim. “When running a business, it can be easy to become reactive and let things like marketing activities fall by the wayside, but it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Small, everyday steps can make a big difference.”

According to Slim, one of the best things small business owners can do to make the most of their time and resources is to leverage marketing tools that will enable them to more effectively communicate with their customers or potential customers. “Small business owners should not be afraid to try new technology,” she said. “Things like AI and automation may seem complex and ‘buzzwordy,’ but with the right partners it’s actually very fast and easy and a great way to make your marketing more effective while freeing up more of your time.”

Email Tops List of Key Marketing Tools: Of the tools included in the survey, email marketing is the most-used marketing tool among small business owners (42 percent). Many report that it helps them connect with new and potential customers (57 percent) and drive brand awareness (56 percent). Companies that have more employees (11-20) are more likely to use email marketing (61 percent vs. 42 percent of total small business owners surveyed), and the bigger the small business, the more important they believe it will be to their business’ future. Businesses that have 11-20 employees are also more likely to think email marketing will be important to the future of their business (69 percent vs. 51 percent of total small business owners).

  • Other top marketing tools utilized by small business owners include:
    • 39 percent – Online advertising
    • 39 percent – Promotions on their business’ homepage
    • 37 percent – Social media advertising and paid social content
    • 33 percent – Customer review collection

Digital Marketing Takes Precedence: Many small business owners prioritize digital marketing over more traditional tactics. Survey results suggest that traditional marketing tools like direct mail and print and TV advertising, once considered table stakes for businesses, are being utilized less often:

  • 32 percent – Print advertising
  • 26 percent – Direct mail
  • 22 percent – Event sponsorships
  • 6 percent – Billboard advertising
  • 6 percent – TV advertising

Hard-Working and Committed, but Not Competitive: Small business owners are unquestionably dedicated to their craft, with many describing themselves as “hard-working” (38 percent), “committed” (22 percent) or “passionate” (13 percent). However, almost no small business owners (3 percent) consider themselves “competitive.”

“This doesn’t mean small business owners aren’t serious about their bottom lines, but rather that they are team players who see themselves as part of their broader communities,” says Slim. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and a vibrant, healthy small business community makes for a vibrant, healthy society. While small business owners are passionate about achieving their goals, they understand the importance of personal relationships and place great value on community.”

Driven by Desire for Independence and Passion, Entrepreneurship Becomes a Way of Life: People open small businesses for many reasons, but the biggest motivating factor is the desire to be their own boss (46 percent), followed by wanting to follow their passion (22 percent). For many small business owners, their entrepreneurial passion is so strong that they own multiple businesses. While many small business owners have only owned one small business (60 percent), two in five (38 percent) have owned between two to five small businesses.
Celebrating National Small Business Week

As part of the National Small Business Week Virtual Conference hosted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE Association, Constant Contact will be hosting a free webinar, “Get New and Repeat Business on Autopilot with Email Marketing.” The webinar, presented by Dave Charest, Director of Content Marketing at Constant Contact, in partnership with the SBA, will take place at 4:00 PM ET on May 1, 2018, and provide practical advice on leveraging email marketing to drive sales. Constant Contact will also be celebrating with the SBA and SBA Small Business Award winners live in Washington, D.C., April 29-30, 2018 and hosting four educational seminars at the Small Business Expo in New York City on May 3, 2018.

To learn more about Constant Contact and to access resources to maximize email marketing efforts, from best-in-class marketing software to step-by-step guides and best practices for planning a campaign, creating content, harnessing data to optimize your results and much more, visit www.constantcontact.com.

About the Survey
This nationally representative survey was conducted online among 1,005 U.S. small business owners (those owning businesses with 1-20 employees; aged 18+) and fielded between March 15-20, 2018. The margin of error was +/- 3.07 and a 95 percent confidence level.

About Constant Contact
Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company and a leader in email marketing for more than 20 years, provides hundreds of thousands of small businesses around the world with the online marketing tools, resources, and personalized coaching they need to grow their business.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EIGI) (em)Powers millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to enhance their online web presence, email marketing, mobile business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and SiteBuilder, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,600 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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NEW YORK – The Switch® announced it will launch The Switch Access™, an extension of its global fiber and satellite network, at NAB 2018 (Booth SU4910). The Switch Access will allow customers easy access to The Switch’s extensive network of customers, connected venues, studios and production facilities, utilizing a broadband internet connection, from anywhere in the world.

Customers connecting to The Switch via The Switch Access can expect the same monitoring and end-to-end management of their feeds via The Switch Network Operation Centers with customer control via SwitchIT, The Switch’s patented scheduling and provisioning software platform. Once connected to The Switch, the customer gains seamless integration with The Switch resources including transport to studios and Over-The-Top (OTT) production, with The Switch’s proven quality of service and the ability to schedule transport, production and studios in one step.


With nearly 1,000 professional sports venues, studios, production facilities, broadcasters and OTT platforms connected to The Switch network, customers using The Switch Access can move content from or to the world’s leading producers, distributors, service providers and venues cost-effectively and with simple ease-of-use.

“The Switch has truly become a one-stop-shop supporting every aspect of the content supply-chain,” said Keith Buckley, president and CEO at The Switch. “Introducing The Switch Access, will provide content producers, who were located in regions outside of areas typically connected with major hubs, the opportunity to utilize every resource The Switch has to offer.”

The Switch will debut The Switch Access at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas, alongside its existing product suite of services including: The Switch OTT, The Switch Studios, The Switch At Home, The Switch Mobile and SwitchIT, The Switch’s patented, award-winning customer-control software. The Switch can be found in the South Upper Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth SU4910. For more information on The Switch Access or to meet with The Switch at the 2018 NAB Show, please contact The Switch or visit: www.theswitch.tv/nab

About The Switch
The Switch is a leading global video solutions service provider, with owned and operated facilities in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The Switch currently provides advanced video switching and local fiber circuit services, scalable Ethernet, At-Home production, production studios, OTT transcoding, satellite delivery and network origination to more than 800 demanding video content producers and distributors around the world.

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