Linoma Climbs the File Transfer Ladder
February 22, 2017 Dan Burger
Linoma Software has taken its managed file transfer software up another notch with its latest release of GoAnywhere Version 5.4.2. The basic aptitude of managed file transfer (MFT) products cover the secure and automated transfer of files inside and outside of organizations. That includes sharing data among the various platforms from IBM i to Windows, Linux, Unix, mainframe, and Mac OS.
With its latest refresh, Linoma‘s GoAnywhere updated its SSL cipher configuration picklist for the admin server, HTTPS/AS2 server, FTP server and FTPS server. Just six weeks ago, SOAP and RESTful Web Services were added with the introduction of GoAnywhere 5.4. At that same time, JSON read and write capabilities were also built in.
The pressure is always there to improve system integration and data sharing, which pushes Linoma to keep the enhancements coming.
“Organizations are looking for ways to automate data transfers and integrate systems using cloud-based or internal APIs” says Steve Luebbe, Linoma’s director of engineering, in a press release. “They also want an easy way to process the XML- and JSON-formatted data that is returned from the server.”
In the evolution of Web services, SOAP architecture was the early favorite; however, RESTful architecture has become the new choice of Web developers and particularly Web-based mobile developers.
To provide managed file transfer capabilities for both SOAP and REST architectures, Linoma has added several tasks, resources, and workflow features that support both XML- and JSON-based services.
For SOAP development, Linoma designed a wizard that simplifies the creation of actions by using the WSDL definition. Files can be sent inline or using MTOM. The files and the XML payload returned from the Web service are then stored or processed.
The capability to read and write JSON data has been added to Secure Forms (the Web-based forms component in GoAnywhere) and GoAnywhere Command (permits external applications to run file transfers and workflows), allowing an improved integration with Web Services. One benefit is Secure Forms can now be submitted using SOAP requests, which allows users to build custom applications that submit data and files to GoAnywhere. With that piece in place, Linoma’s software engineers could automate workflows and user provisioning through existing applications thanks to GoAnywhere’s API interface that supports both REST and SOAP requests.
The Web services integration delivers significant time savings for GoAnywhere users, according to Luebbe. Web Services standardization facilitates data sharing across a range of systems and platforms. The process requires no programming knowledge. An updated workflow design tool expedites the configuration and creation process. Improved reporting allows the creation of PDF reports based on data from a database, Excel, XML, JSON, or fixed-width files. Administrative users have options that include synchronizing against an LDAP or Active Directory system to automatically create user accounts and simplify administration. Kerberos single sign-on was added to the Secure Mail Outlook Plugin and to GoDrive for Windows. Convenience items that are added to Secure Forms includes: text area, multi-checkbox, number, bulleted list, checkbox, and radio buttons.
In addition to workflow automation, Linoma has improved MFT security by incorporating user authentication into GoAnywhere, as well as the previously mentioned SSL cipher configuration picklist. The picklist covers the Admin server, HTTPS/AS2 server, FTP server and FTPS server.
The MFT capabilities of GoAnywhere include database transfers, FTP and secure FTP transfers, HTTP(S) transfers, sending AS2 messages and email transfers. Users can execute and control transfers from a centralized installation with logging and auditing report capabilities.
- In addition, MFT provides the capability to:
- Encrypt file transfers using AES, SFTP, FTPS, AS2, HTTPS and PGP;
- Automate batch file transfers without scripting;
- Share files between employees and external users with end-to-end encryption;
- Guarantee delivery with auto-resume and integrity checks;
- Send alerts on file transfer activity;
- Keep sensitive files out of the DMZ and inbound ports closed;
- And meet compliance requirements for HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX and GL.
For more information, see: http://www.linomasoftware.com.