Compass Plus Completes Performance Testing of TranzAxis with HP

  Compass Plus Completes Performance Testing of TranzAxis with HP

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NOTTINGHAM, England -- January 17, 2013

Compass Plus, a company specialising in electronic payment solutions and
retail banking systems, has successfully completed scalability and performance
tests on HP servers for their new Open Development Banking Platform -
TranzAxis. TranzAxis is a specialist, integrated platform created for the
development and support of cards and payments, transaction switching, retail
banking and other systems and applications in the domain linked to the
automation of retail banking activities.

The benchmark testing was aimed at determining TranzAxis’ key performance
indicators in various scenarios. TranzAxis was tested through a simulated
issuing and acquiring setup that required it to drive 20,000 terminals (10,000
ATMs and 10,000 POS devices). TranzAxis also acted as an issuing system that
included 10 million accounts with overdrafts and 10 million cards linked to
them. The tests included both real-time transaction processing and batch

All terminals worked continuously in full emulation mode with limit checks,
commission calculations, performance of full authorization, authentication of
cardholders, etc. TranzAxis reached a sustained peak of 1066 transactions per
second (TPS) during testing and remained stable at that high capacity. All
transactions that were included in these results were actual business
transactions. This figure does not include all database transactions and only
counts an action that a customer would have carried out (for example, cash
withdrawal or a POS payment would be considered as one transaction).

The benchmark results also demonstrated that TranzAxis is capable of
processing (balancing) 10 million current accounts with overdrafts, including
interest and commission calculation, at a rate of 1500 TPS. The scanning and
balancing of all the accounts in the portfolio took three hours on a statement
date and one hour in the middle of the month. The account balancing procedure
reassesses the state of the contracts, manages delinquency statuses, does
postings (if required), calculates provisions, etc.

Compass Plus is one of only a few vendors that stress tests its systems by
modeling real life production use and employing various issuing and acquiring
data volumes, as opposed to standard performance testing. This is the only
method that demonstrates how the system will behave in a variety of real life
situations and enables Compass Plus to offer an optimal system and hardware
configuration dependent on customer requirements, helping users reduce costs.

Performed remotely with a team from the HP Partner Technology Access Centre in
London over a five week period, the testing was carried out on HP ProLiant
DL980 G7 servers with 8IntelXeonE7-4870,2.4GHz, 80 core processors,
configured with 512 GB of RAM.

“Software vendors are always offering statistics for TPS, throwing around
large numbers without accounting for what they class a transaction as or how
their test system was actually configured,” said Maria Nottingham, CMO at
Compass Plus. “Both Compass Plus and HP are delighted with the performance
results from the testing, especially as they show the actual number of
business transactions performed on a test system close to a real-life
production system. These results clearly demonstrate that TranzAxis performs
at a high level on such servers as HP ProLiant DL980 G7.”

About HP ProLiant DL980 G7 servers

HP ProLiant DL980 G7, featuring HP's PREMA Architecture delivers the balanced
scaling, self-healing resiliency and breakthrough efficiency needed to
overcome the challenges of today's most demanding x86 compute environments.
Whether implementing a single and very large data intensive, or many
consolidated or virtualized workloads, the DL980 G7 server is an ideal
platform to deploy and scale up Enterprise environments.

About Compass Plus

Compass Plus provides comprehensive, integrated and flexible payment software
and services that help financial institutions meet rapidly changing market
demands. Our diverse customer base spans retail banks, processing centres,
national switches and personalisation centres in dozens of countries across
Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North and South America. With almost 20
years experience, Compass Plus helps build and manage electronic payment
systems that generate new revenues and improve profits for its customers.


For Compass Plus
Bevin Wallace, 678-781-7230
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