Managed File Transfer (MFT) automation

Managed file transfer (MFT) is a type of software used to provide secure internal, external and ad-hoc data transfers through a network. MFT software and products are designed to help organizations meet the increasing security, compliance and operational demands of moving information.

File transfer, security and control

Typically, MFT offers a higher level of security and control than FTP. Features include reporting (e.g., notification of successful file transfers), non-repudiation, auditability, global visibility, automation of file transfer-related activities and processes, end-to-end security, and performance metrics/monitoring.

MFT applications are available as both on-premises licensed software packages and software-as-a-service ("SaaS"). Some are specially designed for enterprise use while others are for sale to individual consumers. A few enterprise-focused SaaS MFT providers also manage the additions of new trading partners, which can free up a lot of IT (Information Technology) resources.

In VisualCron you can host any number of SFTP or FTP servers inside VisualCron. There are a couple advantages with this;

  • You do not need any external SFTP or FTP software license which reduce the entropy in your system and related license costs and maintenance.
  • You can directly subscribe to MFT events in the MFT Trigger. This means that you can start a Job or get notified when, for example, someone has uploaded a file to the MFT server.
  • You are able to upload through any FTP/SFTP client software and users can also manually upload through the Web Client or built in ConnectionExplorer in VisualCron.
  • Securely transfer files over public and private networks using encrypted file transfer protocols.
  • Securely store files using multiple data encryption methods.
  • Automate file transfer processes between trading partners and exchanges including detection and handling of failed file transfers.
  • Integrate to existing applications using documented APIs (application programming interfaces).
  • Generate detailed reports on user and file transfer activity.
  • Support multiple file transfer protocols including FTP/S, SFTP, SCP and HTTP/S.

Screenshot of MFT server creation

Screenshot of the SFTP endpoint settings

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