Axway Strikes a Balance for New-Gen MFT: Ad Hoc, Embedded File Transfers with Governance and Security
Axway is pushing managed file transfer to deliver new levels of enterprise-class responsiveness for digital business. The latest update to Axway SecureTransport supports ad hoc and embedded file transfers across traditional, cloud and even mobile – and ensure security and governance. IDN speaks with Axway’s Shawn Ryan.
by Vance McCarthy
of managed file transfer
"[Axway is] bringing ad hoc flexibility, agility and ease-of-use to MFT, and all without sacrificing security or governance."
Axway is pushing managed file transfer to deliver new levels of enterprise-class responsiveness for digital business. The latest release of Axway SecureTransport multi-protocol MFT gateway lets end users perform ad hoc and embedded file transfers across traditional, cloud and even mobile – all while ensuring policy governance.
Axway SecureTransport 5.3 “is about bringing ad hoc flexibility, agility and ease-of-use to MFT, and all without sacrificing security or governance,” Shawn Ryan, Axway’s vice president of managed file transfer told IDN. It also lets users share data and initiate embedded and ad hoc file transfers – without the need for third-party plug-ins or integrations, he added.
To ensure MFT support new use cases for digital business, Axway SecureTransport 5.3 adds:
- Support for either ad hoc or embedded file transfers
- Built-in acceleration of varying file formats and sizes across geographies
- Ability to support and integrate with corporate data loss prevention (DLP) and antivirus strategies to help safeguard customer trust and company revenue.
- A rich set of REST APIs to facilitate integration of MFT into innovative applications.
Underpinning these improvements is Axway SecureTransport’s proven foundation technologies that already deliver services for formal relationship and transfers. “With this latest release, customers can bring the same elasticity, scale, guaranteed SLAs and security they now have [with their] formal relations using MFT to their ad hoc or informal transfers and collaborations,” he said.
Axway’s latest MFT update comes as the emergence of the ‘extended enterprise’ continues to drive demands for dynamic new flavors of file transfers.
Companies are looking for ways to improve how workers collaborate with in-house colleagues and outside partners – over any protocol or across any environment, including cloud, mobile and mixed environments, Ryan said.
This hunt for more flexible sharing has popularized some well-known, cloud-based file sharing options, such as Box and DropBox. But, with those ‘ad hoc sharing’ choices, some in IT worry their company takes on risks, such as data loss, damage, and lack of visibility, he added.
To deliver on this tough-to-balance approach, Axway leveraged its long enterprise MFT framework platform to tap into dynamic API capabilities and smart updates to its orchestration kernel. “We took years of experience and integrated APIs and orchestration to allow new levels of flexible routing,” Ryan added.
Axway Sees APIs Bring Value to Formal, Embedded & Ad Hoc MFT
Axway SecureTransport 5.3 also has intensified its API heartbeat, something that Ryan expects will be a foundation capability for a coming wave of innovations.
“The foundation for all that we do is based on APIs and we’re furthering that in this latest version of SecureTransport,” Ryan said. REST APIs drive SecureTransport’s ability to provide self-service by business users, allows businesses to add MFT capabilities new applications or business processes, and even manage who can modify what files and when, he added.
He shared an example of how Axway’s use of APIs can drive real impact for non-technical users. “Our entire UX [user experience] on how to manage your community is API-based. For customers that means they can use our UI as it is out of the box or . . build their own management experience for how they want to on-board people, manage partner relationships or even set up multiple, complex policies.”
“The way we use APIs means customers can manage partner relationships in their own way, not just use what’s out of the box,” Ryan said. In specific, customers can customize for different business units, types of share, who they can share with and so forth, he added. Moreover, by leveraging APIs, Axway SecureTransport lets organizations synchronize the application promotion with the associated flow configurations.
This advantage has a ton of implications for MFT management and performance, according to a blog post by Axway product marketing director Jean-Claude Bellando:
When a data flow is impacted by a change to an application, it is extremely beneficial to have the associated change to the flow definition automatically generate the configuration updates to underlying platforms. By doing so, organizations can ensure consistency between requirements and deployments and between each end point of a data flow. By leveraging APIs, organizations can synchronize the application promotion with the associated flow configurations.
Axway’s APIs are also helping customers invent the future of MFT and deliver new use cases, Ryan said. One aspect of this is that REST APIs enable users to more easily integrate file transfer functionality into new projects for bulk files, collaboration and even transactions. “Seeing how customers use APIs in the wild, when they know they have governance and control, is creative and amazing. The developer creativity we’re seeing is wonderful,” Ryan said.
Axway SecureTransport is part of Axway 5 Suite, Axway’s flagship portfolio of products that leverages proven technologies such as API Management, B2B/EDI, MFT and operational intelligence.
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