Managed File Transfer

Managed file transfer is an industry term used to describe a hardware or software solution that facilitates the movement of large files both inside and outside of the business, whilst maintaining the security and integrity of sensitive data. Although many managed file transfer solutions are built using the FTP file transfer protocol, the phrase was[..]

Map

In file transfer, a “map” is usually short for “transformation map“, which provides a standardised way to transform one document format into another through the use of pre-defined document definitions. See “transformation map” for more information.

Mapper

In file transfer, a “mapper” is a common name for a “transformation engine” that converts documents from one document definition to another through “transformation maps“. See “transformation engine” for more information.

MD4

MD4 (“Message Digest [algorithm] #4”) is best known as the data integrity check standard (a.k.a. “hash”) that inspired modern hashes such as MD5, SHA-1 and SHA-2.  MD4 codes are 128-bit numbers and are usually represented in hexadecimal format (e.g., “9508bd6aab48eedec9845415bedfd3ce”). Use of MD4 in modern file transfer applications is quite rare, but MD4 can be[..]

MD5

MD5 (“Message Digest [algorithm] #5”) is the most common data integrity check standard (a.k.a. “hash”) used throughout the world today.  MD5 codes are 128-bit numbers and are usually represented in hexadecimal format (e.g., “9508bd6aab48eedec9845415bedfd3ce”). MD5 was created in 1991 as a replacement for MD4 and its popularity exploded at the same time use of the[..]

MDN

An MDN (“Message Disposition Notification”) is the method used by the AS1, AS2 and AS3 protocols (the “AS protocols”) to return a strongly authenticated and signed success or failure message back to the senders of the original file.  Technically, MDNs are an optional piece of any AS protocol, but MDNs’ critical role as the provider[..]

Message-Oriented Middleware

Message-Oriented Middleware (“MOM”) is software that delivers robust messaging capabilities across heterogeneous operation systems and application environments.   Up through the early 2000’s MOM was the backbone of most EAI (“Enterprise Application Integration”) inter-application connectivity.  Today, that role largely belongs to to ESB (“Enterprise Service Bus”) infrastructure instead.    

Metadata

In file transfer, “metadata” usually refers to information about files moved through a file transfer system.  Examples of metadata include usernames of original submitter, content types, paths taken through the system so far and affirmations of antivirus or DLP checks. Metadata such as suggested next steps is often submitted to file transfer applications in control[..]

Microsoft Cluster Server

Microsoft Cluster Server (“MSCS”) is a Microsoft-specific high availability technology that provides a failover capability to pairs of its servers. Like “web farm”, the term “clustering” is a vendor-neutral term, but every vendor that does clustering does it a little differently, and provides cluster services at different levels (typically at the hardware, OS or application[..]

Middleware

Middleware is a software architecture concept that refers to integration of disparate applications to facilitate reliable communication.  Middleware frequently relies on encapsulating inter-application communications in the concept of an “message”, and often has the ability to queue or perform optimized delivery or copying of messages to various applications. Common types of middleware include EAI (“Enterprise[..]

MOM

In the context of file transfer, MOM stands for “Message-Oriented Middleware“, which is software that delivers robust messaging capabilities across heterogeneous operation systems and application environments.  

MSCS

MSCS is an abbreviation for “Microsoft Cluster Server“, which is a Microsoft-specific high availability technology that provides a failover capability to pairs of its servers.