TNSConnect Cloud solution has launched to elevate the opportunities for merchant acquirers, processors and other payment terminal estate owners when it comes to connecting their cloud services to the global payments ecosystem. 

Leveraging TNS’ extensive payments community of interest network, the cloud unites thousands of acquirers, card schemes, issuers, fuel partners, TMS providers and other endpoints, in order to facilitate the delivery of payments transactions from devices to terminal driving hosts domiciled in cloud environments.

Bill Versen, Chief Product Officer at TNS, commented: “Harnessing the benefits of the cloud can give organizations an important competitive edge; however, it is vital that connectivity between your payments terminals and the cloud is both resilient and secure. 

“When employing connectivity to the cloud that hasn’t been specifically designed for sensitive payments data, there are increased vulnerabilities and the risk that POS terminal data could be delayed by a carrier outage or breached by an unauthorized third party. These events can be extremely detrimental to the customer experience, business revenue and firm reputation, and negate the competitive advantage which deploying cloud services brings.”

Built specifically for the payments industry, the PCI DSS compliant TNSConnect Cloud solution seeks to eradicate the risk of managing multiple connections by routing around individual telco or cloud outages ensuring service availability.

Versen added: “We are seeing clients move from traditional data center models to third party cloud services, especially for secondary software supporting payments,” added Versen. “Like a cross-connect in a data hotel, TNS Connect Cloud acts as a secure seamless connection.

“We expect this transition to grow further as legacy on-premise operations evolve over time. TNSConnect Cloud is cloud agnostic allowing customers to select their preferred vendor. This service will play an important role in bridging the gap between the cloud services environment and the physical world of terminal deployment.”