By Mala Ramakrishnan on Jun 30, 2014
Summary from the White Paper "Managing Files for the Hybrid Cloud"
Fully integrated file transfer solutions are a core requirement in the new and hybrid world of cloud and on-premise enterprises. Organizations still make heavy use of files utilizing bulk, batch, and real-time updates for application integration. As cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) is introduced in the IT landscape, file integrations simply increase in both size and volume. The general approach for on-premises and partner file integrations using Managed File Transfer (MFT) is similar to other IT infrastructure integration: Plan, Scope and Deliver incrementally.
For most organizations, MFT is not new but rather there is a need to put together a single enterprise wide file transfer solution that scales to partners and the cloud. Changes in security and compliance requirements are driving IT organizations to replace aging or custom script based file transfer technologies. Encryption such as PGP and Secure FTP servers are still the norm, but they must utilize existing Identity Management to define users, groups and roles for remote access. Finally, the need to integrate MFT with existing integration tooling such as Oracle SOA Suite cannot be overstated. Since MFT typically does not support document transformations and other complex orchestration use cases, it is critical for MFT to act as a file gateway when used in tandem with the existing integration platform.
Figure 1: End to End Secure FTP to File Use Case
File processing has matured a lot in the recent years. Even though real-time processing is dominant in many integration patterns, files are still the bread and butter for many industries while integrating back-end enterprise systems. Cloud integrations are expected to increase the demand for file-based integrations even more. Built- in functionality for security, encryption, and global visibility have long been core MFT requirements. But as this paper has illustrated, an easy to use MFT solution that integrates with existing technologies, is an invaluable tool for solving complex problems such as partner EDI transactions, processing very large files or securing the enterprise.
Learn More and Download the White Paper: Oracle Managed File Transfer