Card processor teams up with IBM for upgrade

Debit and prepaid credit card processor Nomad has launched an upgrade to its IBM-managed infrastructure and an overhaul of its disaster recovery plans.

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Debit and prepaid credit card processor Nomad has launched an upgrade to its IBM-managed infrastructure and an overhaul of its disaster recovery plans.

The card processor is aiming for a 10-fold improvement in performance time and a 400% increase in processing capacity from the infrastructure upgrade, which was prompted by sales projections showing increasing demand.

Nomad has a three-year relationship with IBM and its processing business is based on infrastructure at the computer giant’s facility in Warwick, West Midlands.

Chief operating officer Kevin Kelso said: “We conducted an exacting series of workshops with IBM covering issues such as capacity planning, performance, technical communications, security, monitoring and control.”

The investigative process provided the opportunity to review Nomad’s disaster recovery service, he said. “Disaster recovery is a mission critical aspect to our customers. We have significantly upgraded the current disaster recovery offering by investing in identical hosting facilities at IBM Portsmouth to those used for the production environment at Warwick.

“In the event of a catastrophic event at the primary site, the secondary site will be in operation within less than one hour.”

The new infrastructure is due to go live in the second quarter of this year.

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