JSCAPE MFT Server 9.3 Released

JSCAPE MFT Server 9.3 Released

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JSCAPE is pleased to announce the release of MFT Server 9.3.  This is a major release and includes several important enhancements highlights of which include:

  • Global Datastore – All configuration data has been migrated from file based storage to a relational database.  Configuration data may be stored in the local database that is included with the product or stored in a centralized database for high availability and clustering purposes.
  • JMS (Java Message Service) – Trigger events may be optionally published to a JMS queue for event processing.
  • Administrative ACL – Roles and Tags modules have been added providing for fine grained administrative permissions, limiting access to domains, modules within domains and data within modules.
  • Custom Administrative Authentication – Added ability to define custom authentication logic for administrative users.
  • Administrative Logging – All administrative actions are now logged in a separate logging interface dedicated to administrative activity logs.
  • RADIUS authentication – Added support for authenticating users using RADIUS server.
  • Minor enhancements and bug fixes.

If you are an existing customer and would like to upgrade to the latest version or are interested in finding out more about JSCAPE MFT please contact us on 0207 1189640.

Globalscape Webinar – Top Four Ways that MFT Benefits Healthcare Organisations

Globalscape Webinar – Top Four Ways that MFT Benefits Healthcare Organisations

Organisations within the healthcare industry face intense scrutiny from regulators and consumers in today’s modern data landscape. Given the high premium placed on patients’ medical records, hackers and cybercriminals are looking for any and every vulnerability to exploitThrough a Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution, IT professionals within the healthcare industry can gain the advantage.

Join us on this webinar for a strategic insight that you can apply to your healthcare organisation today!

Webinar Overview

The healthcare industry faces the immense challenge of preventing continuous data breaches from attempts by hackers or through human error. While the prevention of data breaches continues to be a priority for any IT professional managing the network and data of a healthcare organisation, ensuring operational efficiency and productivity is equally important.

A managed file transfer (MFT) solution can help an IT professional implement a data management strategy that includes a focus on efficiency, reliability, security, and compliance for all data activity.

You’ll leave this webinar with:

  • Current healthcare industry challenges with data movement
  • The top four ways that a healthcare organisation can benefit from a MFT solution
  • How Globalscape supports the healthcare industry

Event Type: Live Webinar

Event Date: Wednesday 21st January – 1200Hrs CST

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Managed File Transfer in Action – Scenario #2

Managed File Transfer in Action – Scenario #2

Helping Formula 1 To Move Data Quickly & Securely

The world of Formula 1 (F1) racing is one of high speeds, high stakes and leading edge technology. Drivers like Lewis Hamilton, are just the public face of a much larger team put together to build a car to go faster than their competitors. With stakes so high, racing teams are looking for ways in which they can gain a competitive edge.

Data plays a key part in F1. Each car has hundreds of sensors monitoring every aspect of the car, generating data on fuel load, tyre temperature, brake performance and much, much more. During a race this data is typically streamed back to race HQ enabling in-race, real-time decisions to be made about race strategy.

Big Data Movement for Formula 1

However the sensors create a large amount of data during pre-season testing, in simulation environments, before the race and during qualification, all of which needs analysing using the specialist analysis and decision support tools.

The data produced is valuable, very valuable. The performance of the team has a clear, measurable impact on the prize money received but what’s not quite so easy to quantify is the affect on the brand. The prize money available to the racing teams on its own is astronomical. In the 2014 season nearly $900m of prize money was split between the top 10 teams, Ferrari won the prize money race, with $164m, even though they finished fourth in the constructors championship due to a special agreement with F1.

2014 Prize Money

F1 Prize Money

Source: Formula Money

Typically racing teams spend much of the year in countries around the world where Internet connectivity isn’t always brilliant. Coupled with the distance back to HQ, any data transfers suffer with long round trip times (RTT), high packet loss and latency on the connection. The combination of these ‘features’ results in poor data throughput; this is where managed file transfer comes in.

Pro2col was approached by a Formula 1 team to help them solve the problems they were having with file transfers. They needed a system that was easy for the teams travelling the globe to send large data sets from their laptop back to their HQ in the UK. It needed to be able to cope with the challenging network environments that they would encounter before and during the race season, and of course security was of paramount importance.

Conducting A Needs Analysis

Pro2col conducted a thorough needs analysis with the Formula 1 team to understand their exact requirements, which allowed us to then review the available technologies in the marketplace, scoring them against the defined requirements.

Whilst a variety of products would have ‘done the job’, the devil was in the detail of not whether the software would do it but how. Eventually two technologies were recommended for evaluation. Pro2col’s technical team provided assistance in setting up the software and establishing the success criteria for the proof of concept, which resulted in both technologies performing as expected.

Working with the Formula 1 team, we established that one of the technologies had a much more competitively per-user, pricing structure with a clear growth path as they looked to expand it into other areas of the business, for example when sharing data with customers and suppliers.

Now four years on since the original implementation of the software the F1 team continues to perform well on the track and grow the footprint of its managed file transfer solution, adding further licences when the need arises.

If your company has challenges transferring sensitive or large data, the team at Pro2col can help. Our pre-sales and technical teams are able to guide you through the process from ‘needs analysis’ to installation and ongoing support. You can contact our team on 0333 123 1240 or send us a message through the contact page and we’ll call you back.



Managed File Transfer in Action – Scenario #1

Managed File Transfer in Action – Scenario #1

Automatically Download Files Via SFTP, Delete & Notify

The cost to the business of not having data where you need it, when you need it, can be very significant. Downstream processes, whether automated or manual, that rely on data that isn’t available can’t run. At best it creates a bottleneck or in extreme scenarios processes stop completely, unable to proceed without the next set of instructions. In a simple scenario this could amount to a day of orders not processed or jobs not being allocated to drivers. The cost could run into the tens of thousands of pounds or more.

Real Life Use Case – Utilities Company

We have countless customers that use the automated collection of data feature of managed file transfer (MFT), but one springs to mind with an interesting use case. We implemented a MFT solution at a Utilities company to automatically pick files up from a council. The files were wayleaves, which provided confirmation whether they had been granted permission to access certain locations to repair water leaks. The process they had in place initially was manual and not always completed daily, resulting in site visits to repair leaks being delayed.

How Can Managed File Transfer Help?

Addressing this issue was a relatively easy process and can be achieved in the better MFT solutions available. In this instance we scheduled the automatic collection or download of the required files from the council servers via SFTP. The process would have looked something like this:

  • Log on to SFTP* server
  • Navigate to the correct folder defined by the path provided
  • Download only the files needed to a local file store
  • Delete them from the source
  • Notify someone of success or failure

*SFTP is more commonly used for this type of activity than FTPS, due to it being more firewall friendly and not needing certificates for the authentication process. In the example screen grab below you can see the typical options available for a standard automation task. Here, the task has been configured to log into an SFTP server and navigate to the folder from which to download the files. The other configurable options ensure that only files of the correct types, naming convention and age are downloaded.

The task is the configured to run on specific days and at certain times, downloading the files to a defined location then providing for a simple email notification message to be delivered (see below).


What is Managed File Transfer?

What is Managed File Transfer?

What is Managed File Transfer

So, what is Managed File Transfer and why is it important?

In the digital economy, more than a third of all business-critical processes involve file transfers. Managed File Transfer is a solution to enable the secure transfer of data between two or more locations, connected via a network. It is typically delivered as on-site software but can also be also offered as a cloud-service.

Managed File Transfer offers a comprehensive set of features aimed at replacing: insecure, legacy FTP servers, home-grown, bespoke file transfer solutions, physical shipment of media (e.g. USB devices, DVD’s & HDD’s), consumer grade cloud based services, large email attachments or the installation of expensive point to point leased lines and VANs.

Managed File Transfer can be a powerful business enabler that reduces costs and risk, improves efficiency and agility, and opens the door to new mobile, cloud and big data initiatives.

A recent study by Aberdeen Group* showed that 65% of businesses that implemented Managed File Transfer, did so to improve productivity. Managed File Transfer solutions typically have a range of features, which enhance productivity whilst also improving security. For example they:

  • Centralised support for multiple file transfer protocols including FTP/S, OFTP, SFTP, SCP, AS2, and HTTP/S.
  • Encryption of files throughout the file transfer process (in transfer, at rest even through automation), is managed centrally via a simple to use software interface.
  • Automate file transfer processes with trading partners, from payroll to planning.
  • Detect and handle failed file transfers including notification and initiating remedial action.
  • Authenticate users against existing user repositories such as LDAP and Active Directory
  • Integrate to existing applications using documented APIs (application programming interfaces) to reduce the costs and risks of manual intervention
  • Generate detailed reports on user and file transfer activity to highlight any areas requiring further improvement, or training.
  • Monitoring and dashboards provides a real time view of your business critical workflows.

Gartner* highlights that the two key differences between standard FTP servers and those features provided by Managed File Transfer are the ability to “manage” and the ability to “monitor”. Gartner defines these as:

  • Manage – means to manage all file transfers using one interface (one place) across all business units, operations, systems, applications, partners, etc.
  • Monitor – means to monitor all file transfers in one centralised location which in turn means better governance, compliance and reduced IT costs.

If you think your organisation could benefit from a Managed File Transfer solution, we have a range of resources to help get your project started. Why not download a Managed File Transfer comparison guide or book a free audit with one our Managed File Transfer experts.

 

References*
From Chaos to Control, Aberdeen Group study, November 2013
Managed File Transfer Offers Solutions for Governance Needs, Gartner 2010