Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced that Worldline, a European-based global payments provider, has selected the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform to implement a major performance upgrade to its mission-critical payments platform to meet the accelerated growth of online transactions. By leveraging HPE GreenLake’s flexible as-a-service model and HPE Financial Services’ asset renewal program, funding approximately 25% of the platform refresh, Worldline achieved this significant upgrade with no upfront investment.
Worldline is the largest European and the world’s fourth largest payment provider, with operations in over 50 countries. The company provides payments and transactional services to the full supply chain – from seller to buyer — and has been delivering on a vision of a cashless economy by developing agile, customer-centric solutions that are rooted in strong technology. The industry relies heavily on back-end infrastructure to ensure the payment value chain is resilient, highly available and always on. Latency and downtime on card transactions have an immediate impact on the customer experience.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on the finance and banking sector with significant fluctuations in demand and revenue. Over the same period there has been a massive growth in online purchasing as more countries transform into cashless societies resulting in an even greater reliance on secure global payment transactions. Worldline, like many payment providers, needed to quickly and efficiently scale-up its offering to support its vendors and customers with the growing volume of digital payments, further improving its existing reliable estate of servers and storage that needed to meet the current and future demand and reduce ongoing operational costs.
The HPE GreenLake platform can scale up and down as business demand fluctuates so that Worldline can manage the growth in demand. The platform delivers the cloud experience through a pay-per-use model while also meeting compliance and regulatory requirements.
“Working with HPE has enabled us to navigate the turbulent market caused by COVID-19 via a combination of legacy asset buy-back and a flexible as-a-service approach,” said Frédéric Papillon, Managing Director Production Systems at Worldline. “We feel confident that these solutions will enable us to offer our customers a highly secure and efficient platform for digital transactions that keeps the supply chain moving, and also provide a cost-competitive solution that delivers value for money.”
The HPE GreenLake platform solution leverages HPE NonStop systems, which are ideally suited to support payment transactions with trusted, reliable, 100% fault-tolerant capabilities required for mission critical environments. HPE NonStop meets the stringent demands of a secure financial transaction workload, with the always-on, resilient design ensuring operational excellence and exceptionally high levels of availability. The solution was identified as the best cloud service to support Worldline’s mission critical business with the agility and flexibility to deliver an accelerated time-to-market for new applications and services.
The old data center IT infrastructure will be decommissioned after a transition in a safe and sustainable manner in HPE’s Technology Renewal Center to minimize electronic waste. The transformation to the new platform will be managed by HPE Pointnext Services in close collaboration with Worldline, without any disruption to the existing workflows.
“Together, the HPE GreenLake platform and HPE Financial Services capabilities will allow Worldline to achieve significant cost savings, and also power a significant refresh and modernization of their mission-critical payments platform,” said Gilles Thiebaut, Managing Director, SVP Global Sales for Northern Western Europe. “This upgrade, delivering improved performance and extending the operational life, was achieved without any upfront investment and is delivered on a pay-per-use model so the solution meets both their technical and financial requirements.”