Securing production with realistic test environments
Without meaningful tests, neither the introduction of complex systems nor a secure handling of updates is possible.
The prerequisite for the introduction of new systems are functioning test procedures. These must make reliable statements about the correctness of all systems involved.
Realistic test procedures are also indispensable for checking updates if nasty surprises are to be avoided.
With the BL Real-Time Test System as a simulation of EBA CLEARINGs RT1 platform, complete test sequences can be reproduced including all involved banking systems.
Active component for load generation via templates
The active part of the test system is responsible for generating incoming SCT Inst payments from the clearing house.
To simulate the incoming EBICs requests from the RT1 system, the active component supports two types of requests: Permanent load and individual requests.
The EBICS client that comes into operation uses XML templates for generating the real-time requests. Thus, functional elements can be easily specified without having to consider purely technical aspects.
The active component can simulate loads of 150 requests per second and per PC in use.
Passive component for functional tests
Outgoing EBICS requests to the RT1 system of the EBA are represented by a high-performance Real-Time EBICS Server.
The passive component, designed as a server, receives the SCT Inst messages from the bank's own real-time systems and passes them on for processing.
Depending on the content of the message, various actions can be performed: sending positive or negative responses via the integrated real-time client to the real-time servers of the test environment, as well as omitting the response message (timeout).
The calling test module as part of the Core Banking checks the result after receiving the answer and closes the test case.
Transparent integration into any system environment
Both components for representing the clearing platform RT1 behave completely transparent to the other systems involved.
The active load generator is available both as a stand-alone program with a graphical user interface and as a command line version for the automated control of the test processes.
The passive real-time server can be installed via a simple setup. The connection to the bank systems is established via standard interfaces (Message Queues, REST, etc.).
The program is available in English and German for all common operating systems and can be used in virtual environments without any problems.
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