Application Systems, a leading independent provider of payment
testing solutions to the financial services industry for more than 25
years, has announced several enhancements to Paragon VirtualATM®.
This enterprise class, web-enabled application is helping ATM deployers
virtualize, automate and streamline ATM system testing and
maintenance to boost efficiency, improve delivery timeframes and
Paragon is actively helping a number of major payments organizations
with their Windows 10 migrations. VirtualATM provides automated,
comprehensive testing that compares screen images, receipts and results
between Windows 7 and Windows 10 in a virtualized ATM environment. The
solution also easily generates reports to help identify any potential
migration issues. Paragon has successfully virtualized several of the
most common ATM software platforms, including APTRA Edge 10, APTRA
Activate and VISTA 5.x.
Paragon has additionally introduced the following updates to its
A VM Setup Tool accelerates and automates the process of
creating a virtual ATM, setting up the VM that the virtual ATM resides
on and its connections. The Paragon VM Setup Tool leverages a
proprietary script, configuration file and ATM images to automatically
engineer “one-click” setup of a connection-ready VM with the virtual
ATM image and all the necessary Paragon software installed. Multiple
instances of the tool can run simultaneously, performing several
conversions at once, saving time and increasing productivity.
The detached ATM enhancement saves time and increases
efficiency by reducing unproductive downtime waiting for a virtual ATM
to reboot or restart. When testers must interrupt their testing, they
can leave their virtual ATMs “detached” and running while they work on
other tasks. When testers are ready to resume testing, the virtual ATM
is immediately ready and in the same state it was in before being
detached – with no lengthy wait for the ATM to restart. This feature
also allows administrators to prepare and stage a virtual ATM before
The VirtualATM host proxy enables faster, easier switching
between multiple host systems during testing. Traditionally, switching
hosts requires cumbersome and time-consuming changes to host IP
addresses stored in the ATM application, then restarting the
application. The VirtualATM host proxy can store multiple host
connection settings, allowing testers to switch between test host
connections with “point and click” ease, eliminating associated ATM
application changes and restarts.
VirtualATM message importing supports more efficient, accurate
creation of automated tests for ATM hosts. Testers use the VirtualATM
Proxy Trace to capture all messages between the ATM and the test host
during testing with VirtualATM. From the trace, testers then select
the desired messages, import them into Paragon’s Web FASTest platform
and run those messages as automated tests against their host system.
“Leading ATM deployers realize that relying on dated and disjointed
systems to monitor, test and maintain their payments channels is
inefficient, expensive and risky,” explained Jim Perry, CEO of Paragon.
“To help our clients prepare for new industry requirements, like the
Windows 10 migration, we continue to evolve and enhance our technology.
Financial service providers must take a more proactive approach to
testing and system maintenance by leveraging modern, automated tools
like Paragon VirtualATM. Those that do so will save both time and money
while facilitating a better customer experience and maintaining consumer
Paragon Application Systems is the leading
independent provider of simulation, configuration, certification and
end-to-end testing solutions for the payments industry. Paragon has
enabled more than 600 financial institutions, major interchanges,
software providers and payment processors across 90 countries to improve
testing quality and reduce time to market. The company’s software and
services empower financial services organizations to deliver the
services their customers need, when they need them. Visit www.paragonedge.com
for more information.