New interchanges ready sooner than expected
RINIS prepares major change. This change is set to unfold behind the scenes. However, RINIS participants and customers are certain to notice the effects. Project manager Ronald Scherpenberg explains.
As part of the 'Mondriaan' programme, the RINIS environment has been redesigned in recent years. Alongside an upgraded network, we also replaced servers on location over at participants’ premises by virtual machines in a shielded 'private cloud'. 'Thanks to the cloud, we are much better placed to prevent capacity issues, to name just one benefit', says Scherpenberg. 'For instance, because we are now able to better absorb peaks in the data communications of individual participants.' In addition, the number of production incidents has dramatically fallen.
Over the past twelve months, RINIS has been preparing an innovative follow-up phase to the Mondriaan programme: the unbundling of messaging services. 'This will enable us to dispense with the need to build separate environments for new data exchanges', Scherpenberg explains. 'Instead we will configure a new message.’ The way we will do so is by resorting to new tools, he discloses: 'In addition to a new infrastructure, we are also using new tools, in which we specify for each message which services are required: from routing to encryption. For a simple interchange, this will be strictly a case of ticking the right boxes in times to come.'
The new approach makes servicing a lot easier. Data interchanges will no longer end up in a collection basket but will be independent of each other. This amplifies adaptability and allows for costs to be kept in check. And above all else, this comes with a much shorter time-to-market. Scherpenberg: 'Obviously, all aspects will comply with our strict information security requirements.' A proof of concept conducted late last year went according to plan. Starting in the third quarter of 2020, new interchanges are to be in implemented in accordance with this new method. By mid-year, we are set to start (the preparations for) the migration of the current exchanges.