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Paragon Application Systems Enhances Its VirtualATM Solution


Industry leading technology supports Windows 10 migration efforts, test automation

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paragon 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 increase reliability.

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 VirtualATM solution:

  • 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 it’s needed.
  • 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 trust.”


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