SunGard benchmarks Credient

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SunGard Trading and Risk Systems, an operating group of SunGard (NYSE: SDS), today announced the result of a Credient benchmarking test performed at the Intel Solutions Services Lab in the UK using HP ProLiant servers based on the Intel Xeon processor family.

A trading throughput of more than 95,000 deals per hour, excellent scalability results and fault-tolerant database clustering demonstrate Credient's high performance and resilience. Credient enables global banks like ABN Amro, ING and Fortis Bank to control their exposures through the implementation of global risk policies and to manage their risks through the adoption of modern portfolio risk management practices.

Benchmark and scalability tests focused on the overall performance of the Credient Risk Server, concentrating on the typical daily trade processing and risk reporting activities of a large number of users. The tests benchmarked two key business requirements: response times and system resilience.

The first test simulated deals being entered into Credient and a risk result being sent to the client, using four, five and six process servers. Six process servers were able to process 95,000 deals per hour with an average response time of less than two seconds. Each HP ProLiant DL380 performed some 16,000 deals per hour, regardless of using four, five or six process servers. Simply adding process servers to the overall cluster enhanced system performance and capacity, demonstrating linear scaleability in the software and hardware.

Results of clustered database server fail-over tests prove the resilience of Credient's technical architecture and demonstrate the robust nature of its hardware and software. The execution of a fail-over test using a clustered database server demonstrates Credient's recovery strength when one of the main database servers (of the cluster) is taken off line. This level of failsafe, in combination with other SunGard business continuity services, such as warm or hot stand-by machines and alternate service sites, can significantly reduce a bank's operational risk when running a mission critical credit risk management system such as Credient.

Steve Husk, president of SunGard's Trading and Risk operating unit, said, "These results demonstrate that SunGard's Credient is an industrial-strength solution for enterprise-wide risk management that meets user requirements for speed and resilience. Not only can Credient manage high volumes of trades, but it has proven to be scalable with a highly flexible architecture."

Deborah Conrad, vice president of Intel's Solution Market Development Group, said, "The combination of Credient's leading credit risk system and Intel-based servers provides a scalable, resilient solution with a highly flexible architecture to manage risk for banks worldwide. These benchmark tests further reinforce Credient's ability to meet and exceed its customers' demands for quick response times and availability."

Bruno Castejon, worldwide business intelligence solutions director, Enterprise Systems Group, HP, said, "Credient has once again shown that it meets the stringent industry requirements for risk management solutions. Through the scalability and reliability of HP ProLiant servers, Credient can provide quality performance to customers."

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