GoAnywhere MFT becomes Drummond Certified for AS2

AS2 (Applicability Statement 2) is one of the most popular methods for transporting data securely and reliably over the internet. Linoma’s GoAnywhere software has supported AS2 for many years to simplify the exchange of data like EDI, XML, documents, PDFs and text files with trading partners.

Drummond Certified for AS2That commitment to excellence was recently tested against the world’s highest standards for AS2 automation, as set by the Drummond Group, LLC. And Linoma are pleased to announce that the AS2 automation features in GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer solution, (GoAnywhere MFT™) were recognised as Drummond Certified™ in the AS2-3Q15 automated interoperability test event.

Drummond Certified products are compliant and interoperable to make sure they truly interface with the systems of customers and partners. A report listing the test results and technical parameters of a specific test may be downloaded from the www.drummondgroup.com website.

GoAnywhere streamlines, automates & encrypts file transfers using standard encryption and protocols including: Open PGP, SFTP, FTPS, & HTTPS. For questions or to schedule a personal demo of GoAnywhere MFT, contact a Linoma representative today on 0207 118 9640.

“Although GoAnywhere has supported AS2 for quite some time, our customers were telling us that becoming Drummond Certified™ would help them in meeting trading partner requirements” Commented Bob, “to be Drummond Certified™ means being part of an elite group of software solutions, and one of the few that can also offer on-premise file collaboration and managed file transfer capabilities too.”
Bob Luebbe
Chief Architect, Linoma Software

In addition to becoming certified as an AS2-3Q15 product, further testing of GoAnywhere MFT confirmed its compatibility with RFC 4130 and verified compliance with optional profiles for;

  • FN (Filename Preservation)
  • MA (Multiple Attachments)
  • FN-MA (Filename Preservation with Multiple Attachments.)
  • CTE (Chunked Transfer Coding
  • SHA2 hash algorithms supporting SHA256, SHA384 and SHA512

Other currently Drummond Certified for AS2 Managed File Transfer Solutions include;

Axway SecureTransportCleo HarmonyCleo VLTraderCleo Lexicom

MOVEit Central 8.1 Released

MOVEit Central 8.1 Released

MOVEit Central 8.1 is the latest release of the File Transfer and Workflow Automation Product. Version 8.1 is a generally available maintenance release that fixes several significant defects and adds a number of new features also.

  • Preview of New Web-based Admin Client:The new Admin Client supports all the major browsers and replaces the functionality of the Windows Admin Client.
  • Support for 64-bit Windows operating systemMOVEit Central will install as a 64-bit application that provides greater memory utilisation for improved task processing. (The 32-bit version will still be available via the Modify function of the installer.)
  • More PlatformsLeverages current industry platforms– Support for Windows Server 2012 R2– Support for MS SQL Server 2014

    – Updated MySQL 5.5.43

  • Enhanced PerformanceFaster start-up, encrypt and decrypt (via PGP), which transfers files more efficiently. Improved session reuse, background clean-up, and new OpenPGP libraries (Didsoft).
  • Customer ImprovementsOver 50 customer identified improvements.
  • Ipswitch Failover ManagerMOVEit Central provides the Ipswitch Failover Manager– reducing cost for organisations to recover data, and to further satisfy regulation requirements. Ipswitch Failover Manager integration includes:– Rule-based failover and switchover– Monitoring

    – Remote (WAN) Disaster Recovery

    – MS SQL database recovery from separate server

NOTE: The Ipswitch Failover Manager will be available in the second half of 2015. Ipswitch will
continue to support Legacy Failover installations for MOVEit Central release 8.1. The Legacy
Failover system is built into MOVEit Central whereas the new Ipswitch Failover system is installed
separately and managed externally. The Legacy Failover system is still in the MOVEit Central
documentation. The new Ipswitch Failover system is documented separately.

Version 8.1 includes all fixes from and replaces all MOVEit Central 8.0.x.x patch releases.

If you own MOVEit Central and are under a current maintenance agreement you can download 8.1 from the Ipswitch Customer Portal.
If you don’t own MOVEit Central, Pro2col can arrange for a 30day trial of MOVEit Central Corporate for you.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 0333 123 1240 if you would like to find out more.

Moving files, fast. Really fast!

Moving files, fast. Really fast!

FAST-FILES

Most of the companies that contact us do so looking for guidance on automating their file transfer. Automation is primarily for B2B and predominately involves using SFTP, a simple but typical example might be that an insurance company receives files from a bank and the files need to be moved to another internal system for processing. Of course there are usually a wide range of other complex processes that accompany it, but you get the idea.

Making files fast BIIn recent times however many of our conversation have gone along the lines of, “How can we move REALLY large files?” With the continuing explosion in data creation companies are having problems moving the large sets of data, many that are gigabytes in size.  All variations of FTP can deliver large volumes of data, but when you add in to the mix that it is in a far flung location and you’ve got a dodgy internet connection, suffering from latency and packet loss then FTP becomes pretty much ineffectual. Latency on the line, measured in round trip times (RTT), is a measure of how long it takes for a packet of data to get from point A to B and back again. We won’t go into the reasons in this blog, but suffice to say the longer the RTT the less efficient FTP becomes as can be seen in the graph here.

However all is not lost, there is an resolution to this data transfer problem. A select few vendors have built proprietary protocols based upon the open standard UDP to move data faster. A lot faster! Their protocols generally work the same way in that they maximise the utilisation of the bandwidth available to them by flooding the connection with data. Of course, controls are built in to ensure other network traffic doesn’t suffer. This approach can increase the speed by up to 1,000 times depending upon the network conditions and bandwidth available.

These UDP based solutions are now reaching a level of maturity enabling the software to be used in many scenarios, for example:

  • Disaster recovery and business continuity
  • Content distribution and collection, e.g., software or source code updates, or CDN scenarios
  • Continuous sync – near real time syncing for ‘active-active’ style HA
  • Supports master slave basic replication, but also more complex bi-directional sync and mesh scenarios
  • Person to person distribution of digital assets
  • Collaboration and exchange for geographically-distributed teams
  • File based review, approval and quality assurance workflows

Not only are files getting bigger but the environments within which they are implemented are evolving, the technologies with which they need to interface are changing too. Our expert team analyse complex requirements daily, providing companies of all shapes and sizes with solutions to their tricky file transfer conundrums. If your business needs to share large or sensitive data either in an automated of manual process, we can help. Contact one of our file transfer experts on +44 1202 433415 or get in touch via the web site.

File transfer – a manual action or embedded process

File transfer – a manual action or embedded process

Lets face it file transfer isn’t the most interesting subject in the world, but its a necessity for many businesses to move data from one location to another in order for individuals or teams to carry out certain tasks.

For many businesses however, file transfer is a tedious process requiring manual intervention.  Regularly staff are expected to manually create a job to send and watch the file being delivered to the remote site to ensure that its gone, a good example being the user of an FTP client.  Clearly there are instances where this scenario works and is the most economic way, e.g. the one off or infrequent transferring of files, but for companies that regularly need to send large files to the same location this approach is nothing short of a criminal waste of resources.file_transfer

As businesses strive to succeed in these challenging times many more are looking towards automation of their internal processes, this is the case irrespective of industry sector and to some extent business size.  A small part of many businesses workflow process is the delivery of files/data to another location – whether its on the same LAN, across a WAN or via the Internet whatever route the premise is the same even if the conditions are not.

File transfer should in my opinion wherever possible be an embedded process, effectively seamless, with the user not even aware that its taking place.  There are many ways of achieving this result (which in itself is another blog post entirely), whether hot-folder initiated or integrated with existing applications using various SDK’s.  Then there are the considerations of which delivery protocol is most appropriate, e.g. TCP/IP (FTP) or UDP (MTP/IP) and whether encryption of the data should be included.

The bottom line is in fact the bottom line (of your P&L statement).  Businesses need to wake up to the fact that manually sending files is not a good use of resources and where automation is possible processes are streamlined, files are delivered faster and human error is eradicated.