“Atos Origin and Sun Microsystems prove the highest performance of Worldline Pay Front Office Solution”

Paris - Frankfurt/Main, November 8th, 2004

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company, has completed its development of Worldline Pay Front Office Applications and is starting now a market campaign to offer the new solutions to payment providers. Atos Worldline and Sun Microsystems have successfully demonstrated a throughput of a peak of up to 800 transactions per second processing and checking online card payments in an acquirer environment.

Financial service providers are constantly searching for ways to optimize their business processes and reduce operating costs whilst also keeping an eye on any future requirement that will need to be integrated. As part of Atos Worldline's and Sun Microsystems ongoing collaboration, both organisations wanted to demonstrate to prospective clients that they are continually striving to push the boundaries forward whilst retaining the reliability for which they are both renowned. In this particular project they concentrated on the increasing demands on transaction processing requirements in an acquirer environment.

The project comprised porting the Worldline Pay Authorization System on Sun server systems and carrying out the benchmark tests. A standard acquirer scenario was tested, which approximated to the projected use of a major acquirer. Simulation software was used to send terminal transactions to the benchmark system. The transactions were received, checked and routed to a network simulation. The network reply was processed and a response sent to the requesting terminal.

Using just one of the Sun Fire E6900 servers, the target of a sustained and stable 500 transactions per second was met. With the addition of a second Sun Fire E6900 server, peaks of up to 800 transactions per second could also be demonstrated.

These results are of extreme significance for clients. There is no need for money to be tied up in a large infrastructure at the start. Sun Microsystems Sun Fire E6900 server scales up to 24 UltraSPARC IV processors and the Atos Worldline Authorisation System is also flexibly designed to accommodate new requirements quickly and cost efficiently.

For Erik Munk Koefoed, Managing Director of Atos Worldline, the outstanding result was merely confirmation of his confidence in both systems. “The proven stable throughput of up to 500 transactions per second demonstrates clearly the future-orientation of both systems. Thus showing that we continue to offer our clients technology which is able to support their business both now in long into the future. By consolidating a transaction system onto a new standard platform, financial services providers achieve significant savings in the development of new features and reduce operating costs. Both hardware and software achieving the high-volume and high-reliability on the one hand, whilst reducing operating and upgrading costs on the other.”


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and its clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ING, KPN, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank,Telecom Italia, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.

Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline, Atos KPMG Consulting and Atos Odyssée.

About Atos Worldline
Atos Worldline is an Atos Origin company: a leading European provider in IT-related Business Process Outsourcing, dedicated to services and solutions covering the whole process of payment and information flows. With 2,500 staff in France, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom, Atos Worldline generated an annual revenue of around €400 millions in 2003, through 3 core activities: Payment and Card Processing services, CRM services, and Multi Channel Contact (Internet and Voice services). www.atosworldline.com

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Atos Origin
Anja Müller
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Email: anja.mueller@atosorigin.com

Emilie Moreau
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Email : emilie.moreau@atosorigin.com