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Camelot Manages World's Most Successful Interactive Lottery with GlassHouse Technologies.

LONDON, February 8 /PRNewswire/ --

- GlassHouse predicts a four-fold storage requirement increase before 2009 for the UK Lottery operator

LONDON, February 8 /PRNewswire/ --

GlassHouse Technologies, the global leader in vendor-independent storage services, today announced that Camelot Group plc, the UK's lottery operator, selected GlassHouse to radically overhaul their storage infrastructure and also create the storage at Camelot's new disaster recovery datacentre. GlassHouse planned the infrastructures and designed processes to strategically and safely manage the large amounts of sensitive customer data generated by the rapidly increasing sales of lottery products through interactive channels.

Camelot Interactive was created in early 2002 as part of the second licence to operate The UK National Lottery, granted to Camelot by the National Lottery Commission (NLC). Under the licence, Camelot proposed providing three new channels of ticket sales, via internet, text, interactive TV. In November 2005, Camelot saw sales of tickets over its interactive platforms reach 3.3 million pounds a week, an increase of 150% from the 1.3 million pounds for the same period in 2004. Camelot now operates the most successful interactive lottery in the world.

Following an internal review of its storage infrastructure in early 2005, Camelot approached GlassHouse to provide an Enterprise Storage Strategy and Architecture review, covering technical strategy, the sales database, disaster recovery (DR) options and requirements for a proposed new SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) back-office system. NLC regulations require all database and transactional data related to interactive lottery purchases to be stored and immediately accessible by Camelot.

"GlassHouse has been involved with Camelot since the original interactive operation was formed, and the flexibility and long-term cost savings foresight of the relationship has been critical," said Daniel West, UNIX Systems & Applications Manager, Camelot. "GlassHouse, as specific storage services specialists, applied their experience to understand the unique requirements we face when dealing with a regulatory body focused entirely on us. By writing tailored support programmes for our individual needs, GlassHouse provided us with an environment that allowed us to fully test our systems without interrupting the running of a national institution."

GlassHouse designed and implemented an upgrade of Camelot's storage area network (SAN), storage, tape and backup environment to accommodate the new Camelot SAP-based ERP system. The upgrade introduced a new IBM DS6000 storage array, and a new 140-port McData 6140 Director. As the business systems expand, this infrastructure will allow the asset maximisation of legacy ESS servers, for non-critical systems.

GlassHouse recently completed the design and implementation of the SAN and storage component of Camelot's new DR datacentre, re-using the SAN equipment from the primary datacentre and implementing a second IBM DS6000 storage array. This second remote data centre allows Camelot to surpass the strict data recovery and back-up requirements of the NLC and provide a scalable storage capability to ensure storage compliance beyond 2009.

"Camelot is in a truly unique position, being so tightly scrutinised by a regulatory body focused solely on ensuring it is fully compliant, while still pursuing innovation and excellence in its operation of the National Lottery," said Jason Rabbetts, managing director, GlassHouse Technologies, Inc. "The fact that they have continually returned to us for storage consultation and implementation advice over the last four years is validation of our independence and expertise in what can be a confusing and perplexing market. This is a trend that is growing as customers seek assistance to both visualise and implement critical storage solutions."

 About Camelot Group plc:
 - Camelot Group plc is the operator of The National Lottery(R) and is
 committed to raising money for the Good Causes designated by
 Parliament. Camelot is not responsible for distributing or awarding
 these funds
 - To date, over 18 billion pounds has been raised for Good Causes by The
 National Lottery, and more than 220,000 individual awards have been
 made across the UK -- the biggest programme of civic and social
 regeneration since the 19th Century. The National Lottery has given
 away over 26 billion pounds in prizes and created more than 1,800
 millionaires or multi-millionaires since launch in 1994
 - Camelot runs one of the most cost-efficient lotteries in the world,
 with around 5 per cent of total revenue taken in operating costs. At 40
 per cent of total sales (28 per cent to Good Causes and 12 per cent in
 lottery duty to the Government), Camelot returns a higher proportion of
 lottery revenue back to society than any other lottery operator in the
 world. National Lottery retailers receive 5 per cent of total revenue
 in commission, and 50 per cent of sales is paid out to players in
 - Camelot is committed to the highest standards in player protection and
 social responsibility in both the retail and interactive environments.
 The National Lottery website, Sky Active and Play By Text services have
 been accredited by GamCare, the UK's national centre for information,
 advice and practical help regarding the social impact of gambling --
 while Camelot's approach to game design, test purchasing and retailer
 vigilance campaigns ensures player protection at retail. Camelot has
 been ranked among the top 30 UK companies in Business in the
 Community's 2005 Corporate Responsibility Index, becoming a sector
 leader in the leisure category
 - For further information on Camelot, The National Lottery and its games,
 please visit the following websites: and
 - Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over.

About GlassHouse Technologies:

GlassHouse is the leading provider of independent services that help organizations solve the business problems of enterprise storage. From strategy through implementation, operations and customer support, GlassHouse partners with clients to achieve predictability and manageability in storage operations, enabling cost control, risk mitigation and increased service levels. GlassHouse clients include UBS, Exxon Mobil, Virgin Mobile, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and Allianz Life. More information about GlassHouse is available at

 For further information please contact:
 Ian Mackie
 Pleon (UK) Limited

 Carole Gunst
 GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.

 Web site:

Ian Mackie of Pleon (UK) Limited, +44-(0)-207-479-5623,; or Carole Gunst of GlassHouse Technologies, Inc., +1-508-663-0507,
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