Financial company cashes in with SharePlex for reliable database replication

EPX provides electronic funds processing for debit and credit cards, electronic check transactions, and other financial transfers. The company interfaces with all the major credit card organizations as well as the federal banking community and all of the international funds exchange institutions. On average, EPX processes about 2 million financial transactions a day — and with their clientele, the pressure couldn’t be greater.

For database replication, EPX needed a solution that “just works,” says EPX Senior Database Administrator Patrick Smith — and one that was easy to monitor and maintain. The company had been using GoldenGate, but the solution was challenging to implement and expensive to manage.

When GoldenGate failed to replicate a client’s data accurately, EPX was hit with costly settlements on mistaken debit and credit card billings — which sent the company on a search for a better data replication solution.

EPX looked at several solutions and chose SharePlex for a month-long proof of concept. EPX was impressed with the SharePlex solution’s accuracy, reliability, ease of use and cost of implementation. The company liked its built-in verification features — capabilities that would have required an expensive add-on with GoldenGate.

The result of the switch? EPX now spends a mere 30 minutes a week monitoring SharePlex, compared with the 30 hours a week that had been required with GoldenGate.

Says Smith, “If you want to solve your replication issues in a timely and effective manner with a high confidence of actually succeeding in your project initiatives, SharePlex is the best solution on the market.”

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