How to Deploy a Cloud SFTP Server


If you have switched from FTP to SFTP for file transfers, you have improved file transfer security. Unfortunately, coding connections, managing SFTP servers and troubleshooting file transfers is still time-consuming. Worst of all, those tasks are taking time away from making other technology advancements/improvements or solving other issues.

With our cloud managed file transfer (MFT) software, you can automate SFTP transfers in the cloud. Our software eliminates point-to-point connections, removes the need to code and simplifies troubleshooting.

How to Deploy a Cloud SFTP Server

With our software, the cloud SFTP server is already deployed in the cloud and ready for file transfers. Instead of using code, you create server and client endpoints (see definition below) in a no-code, web-based interface. We manage the file transfer service so you can focus on more important projects.

How to Start SFTP Transfers in the Cloud

Before we explain how to start SFTP transfers in the cloud using Thru, here are three terms to know:

  • An organization is any group that you want to send files to.
  • An endpoint represents where files are coming from (source) or where they are going (target). The system checks source endpoint(s) for new files and delivers them to target endpoint(s).
  • A flow is a pathway between endpoints. Flows can connect as many organizations as needed. Flows can be from one source to many targets, from many sources to one target, or from/to an integration platform (iPaaS).

start sftp transfers by creating flows to transfer files between organizations

How to Automatically Transfer Files Using Cloud SFTP

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For this example, we will assume that your company is using an SFTP server and your partners are using SFTP clients. The following steps highlight how to create a flow to automatically transfer files:

  1. Create organizations — one for your enterprise and others for your partners.
  2. Add an SFTP server endpoint for your enterprise and SFTP client endpoints for your partners.
  3. Create a one-to-many flow and add yourself and your partners as subscribers.
  4. From the endpoints created in step 2, select endpoints to become corresponding Source and Target flow endpoints.
    1. In Source, add the folder path for your SFTP server flow endpoint.
    2. In Target, add the folder paths for the SFTP client flow endpoints.
    3. Using the Scheduler in the Target interface, set how often the system checks for files.
  5. Check and then push the changes.
  6. Test the file transfer flow.
  7. Start transferring files! You will receive alerts if there are missing files or endpoints that are down.

For more details, watch our getting started tutorial video or refer to our online user guide.

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