Release 7.2

The mandatory Release 7.2 is available since August 2017. Customers must upgrade by November 2018

Hardware reference for release 7.2

This information presents the hardware reference needed to use SWIFT applications efficiently and achieve the required performance. If you are running third-party applications (Application Monitoring tools, Antivirus, IBM MQ server, etc.) on the same server, we advise you to monitor actual CPU load and memory consumption to confirm that your systems are still adequately sized. New systems acquired today to install the 7.2 release are most likely adequate.

For the disk space requirements, please refer to the Installation guide of the product.

Note 1

The hardware reference does not indicate the minimum level of hardware required to run Release 7.2. An equivalent system based on older architecture can be used as long as it meets the minimum OS baseline requirement.

Note 2

A “core” represents a single physical core of a multi-core CPU. When virtualizing, one Virtual Processor should be the equivalent of one physical core.

System

If you are running Alliance Access on a dedicated system, then use the following system configuration as a reference.

Up to 40 TPS IBM Power System Oracle SPARC Intel Xeon (Linux) Intel Xeon (Windows)
Processor type POWER 8 SPARC S7 E5 Family E5 Family
Number of Core(s) 8 8 16 16
RAM 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Up to 20 TPS IBM Power System Oracle SPARC Intel Xeon (Linux) Intel Xeon (Windows)
Processor type POWER 8 SPARC S7 E5 Family E5 Family
Number of Core(s) 8 8 16 16
RAM 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Up to 10 TPS IBM Power System Oracle SPARC Intel Xeon (Linux) Intel Xeon (Windows)
Processor type POWER 8 SPARC S7 E5 Family E5 Family
Number of Core(s) 4 4 8 8
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Up to 5 TPS IBM Power System Oracle SPARC Intel Xeon (Linux) Intel Xeon (Windows)
Processor type POWER 8 SPARC S7 E5 Family E5 Family
Number of Core(s) 4 4 8 8
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB

Important notes:

The above specifications for 40 TPS and 20 TPS are a good indication for what is considered as a system used in "pipe" mode (that is, limited event logging, simple routing, etc.) and tuned for high performance. Your Alliance Access system will require more resources, for example, when you have very complex routing, hundreds of operators, many simultaneous message searches, reporting activities, or are intensively using the Integration Platform.

Indications for 10 TPS and 5 TPS are given for a system not tuned, using a default system configuration. For higher throughput configurations (for example, more than 40 TPS or more than 1 million messages per day), we would recommend that you contact SWIFT for a review of your system capacity. Contact your account manager for more information.

If you are running SWIFTNet Link and Alliance Gateway on a dedicated system, then use the following system configuration as a reference.

Up to 40 TPS IBM Power System Oracle SPARC Intel Xeon (Linux) Intel Xeon (Windows)
Processor type POWER 8 SPARC S7 E5 Family E5 Family
Number of Core(s) 4 4 4 4
RAM 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Up to 5 TPS IBM Power System Oracle SPARC Intel Xeon (Linux) Intel Xeon (Windows)
Processor type POWER 8 SPARC S7 E5 Family E5 Family
Number of Core(s) 2 2 2 2
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Up to 1 TPS IBM Power System Oracle SPARC Intel Xeon (Linux) Intel Xeon (Windows)
Processor type POWER 8 SPARC S7 E5 Family E5 Family
Number of Core(s) 2 2 2 2
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB

Important notes:

Contact SWIFT if you plan to do more than 40 TPS.

If you are running Alliance Web Platform on a dedicated system, then the following minimum recommendations apply.

Up to 250
concurrent users
IBM Power System Oracle SPARC Intel Xeon (Linux) Intel Xeon (Windows)
Processor type POWER 8 SPARC S7 E5 Family E5 Family
Number of Core(s) 3 2 4 4
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Up to 100
concurrent users
IBM Power System Oracle SPARC Intel Xeon (Linux) Intel Xeon (Windows)
Processor type POWER 8 SPARC S7 E5 Family E5 Family
Number of Core(s) 2 1 4 4
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB

Important notes:

A four threads system should be sufficient to operate Alliance Web Platform with 250 operators connected. However, the overall performance might depend on the nature of the operations made simultaneously by those operators, as certain operations are more CPU intensive than others. It is therefore highly recommended to test the configuration under typically business conditions before deploying the solution in the production environment.

Alliance Web Platform using IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) will be phased out and it will reach end of support on 31st October 2015. For details please refer to the Release Timeline available on e-paying.info.

If you plan to have software for two or more Alliance products running on the same system with less than 5 TPS and less than 100 concurrent users, then use the following system configuration as a reference.

Up to 5 TPS and up to 100
concurrent users
IBM Power System Oracle SPARC Intel Xeon (Linux) Intel Xeon (Windows)
Processor type POWER 8 SPARC S7 E5 Family E5 Family
Number of Core(s) 6 6 12 12
RAM 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB