IBM Sterling File Gateway

As enterprises grow and become more sophisticated, one of their primary goals is to expand their partner base. This can mean pursuing partners in more diverse geographic areas or simply increasing the number of other businesses your company trades with. In order to achieve these growth objectives, businesses need a streamlined solution for data transfer that allows them to work with a broad sample of other companies and enterprises.

These collaborations can become painstaking and costly if easy to manage interchange platforms aren’t in place. They can also spiral out of control if decision makers aren’t granted an adequate level of oversight over the critical business processes within their companies. As the volume of business an enterprise handles grows, so does the variety of file sizes and formats, communication and security protocols, and the partner onboarding process.

The Sterling File Gateway gives organizations the liberty to take complete control over file transfers with trading partners. Because it was built on Sterling Integrator, Sterling File Gateway offers scaleable architecture and a centralized file gateway with the capabilities necessary to monitor, administer, route and transform high volumes of inbound and outbound files.

Here are some of the features of the Sterling File Gateway:

  • Onboarding
    Users can access an onboarding wizard and reusable templates to enable rapid onboarding of new partners. Group-based controls minimize administration of trading partner relationships, and import/export functionality reduces the risk of production updates.
  • Communication Channels
    • Connect:Direct, Connect:Direct Secure+
    • WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition
    • FTP, FTPS, SSH/SFTP, SSH/SCP, HTTP, HTTPS
    • AS1, AS2 and AS3 support
  • Business Processes
    Decision makers create pre-defined event-driven business processes using rules-based processing to elevate file transfers to a business-level activity. This minimizes setup and administration of process flows.
  • Security
    The Sterling File Gateway observes multiple encryption standards and supports single sign-on, LDAP and user authentication. This allows users to encrypt files that are either in flight or at rest. Additionally, event logging gives a complete audit trail of file transfer activities.
  • Management and Visibility
    IBM myFileGateway provides trading partners secure access to initiate upload and download requests. This is compatible with a wide selection of browsers for real-time monitoring and a self-service portal. Auditing and reporting provide metrics to help verify regulatory compliance and adherence to service level agreements.
  • Scalability
    With native horizontal and vertical clustering, the Sterling File Gateway supports the consolidation of file transfer servers and growth in collaboration with trading partners. The technical architecture supports high volumes of file transfers and extremely large files without compromising performance.
  • File Processing and Routing
    Mapping capabilities manage file naming relationships. This platform also allows users to automate the replay, reprocess and resend functions for failed file transfers. Other architectural elements reduce the risk of file transfer disruption.

A pioneer in EDI and file transfer technologies, IBM offers EDI software for business process automation and integration that fits each business and their individual needs. Effective Data is experienced in the implementation of IBM’s wide range of software products, and you can trust that we can help you choose the option that best suits your needs. Effective Data will implement solutions that allow you to work seamlessly with your trading partners while maximizing efficiencies and cost savings. As an IBM reseller, Effective Data can offer our clients superior service and discounted pricing on future software purchases.