Many organizations devote valuable IT resources to building and maintaining systems for moving files between applications. Most of these solutions are based on FTP because of its simplicity and free availability. While FTP offers a basic mechanism for file sharing, more sophisticated alternatives are often needed for files that are moved between applications as part of business transactions. As volumes of transfers rapidly grow, and with increased consequences for errors in business data when it is incorrectly transferred, having a reliable, flexible, cost-effective solution for managed file transfer is increasingly critical for organizations of all sizes. Additionally, these organizations need to enable transfers across boundaries with their trading partners and need to support a wide range of B2B and non-B2B protocols with the ability to ensure data security and partner identity while the files traverse the Internet.
In this IBM® Redguide™ publication we discuss how the IBM WebSphere DataPower® B2B Appliance redefines the boundaries of managed file transfer by extending WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition with a consumable, dedicated SOA appliance that combines B2B standards, simplified integration, exceptional performance, and hardened security for SOA implementations. Meticulously designed to augment all phases of the SOA life cycle and implementation, these devices combine a host of essential SOA functions in a specialized appliance that provides easy consumption, deployment, and service delivery.
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