[repost of article at AMIS Technology Blog on January 26th, 2015]
With the release of SOA Suite 12c a new product was revealed. The
first sighting was at Oracle OpenWorld 2013. On the Fusion Middleware
Demo Grounds there was a demo shown where B2B was integrated with a
product called Managed File Transfer (shortened as MFT). At that same conference I gave a presentation
about this product together with the product manager of MFT, Dave
Berry. This blog gives an in-depth look into Managed File Transfer.
is a growing problem with FTP in the enterprise where there is a lack
of control, visibility, security and reliability. The lack of control
is due to the uncontrolled proliferation of FTP servers & clients.
Departments are creating stand-alone FTP servers and configuring users
where needed. There is no central FTP server. Because of this there is
no global visibility of the exchange of crucial data
files – including customer data. It is highly possible that these FTP
servers are not integrated with enterprise security
standards where as FTP servers are rarely integrated with directories.
Because these FTP servers run stand-alone they are a single point of
failure and rarely offer HA capabilities, which effects the reliability. This can be tackled using Managed File Transfer.