BP-Switch Update: This month has seen some important new components arriving for BP-Switch:
HSM Load Balancer: This component provides a generic interface for the rest of the system to securely perform cryptographic operations, spreading work across multiple physical and/or virtual HSMs using heuristics such queue size, latency, and failure rate. With full support for concurrent and asynchronous HSM clients, this component allows any number of HSMs with different make and model to be used side-by-side in production. The initial release comes with support for BP-HSM and SafeNet devices, with Thales support arriving in the near future.
Health Component and Pipeline Health Check: These components provide a general mechanism for the system to understand its own health, allowing processing pipelines to be configured for specific handling of transactions during any form of system failure. Examples of this are forwarding transactions to a secondary site when the local HSMs are failing, or declining transactions when an upstream connection is failing. Moving this functionality into the pipeline configuration allows BP-Switch to meet a variety of customer requirements without additional customisation costs.
External Monitoring with Zabbix: While BP-Switch provides simple monitoring functionality as part of its administration UI, in production deployments this is best handled by a dedicated system external to the processing platform. The External Monitoring component allows BP-Switch to forward all statistics and events to an external monitoring system in real-time. The initial release comes with support for Zabbix' Sender Protocol, and can easily be extended for other monitoring platforms in the future.
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