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Our cloud does not require any coding to build file transfer flows. Enterprises and partners can do the configuration in web portals. Now, a wide audience of users with no development skills, citizen integrators, can work on managed file transfer (MFT) integrations and flows.

Diagram: All Enterprise File Flows

Diagram of Thru file flow in MFT cloud

Publish-Subscribe Design

Thru is built in a unique way compared to legacy MFT products. Instead of folder trees with permissions, it uses a publish-subscribe design pattern. The enterprise creates simple file flows, and then organizations subscribe to the flows and attach endpoints. The publish-subscribe model replaces brittle, multiple point-to-point connections with file flows. It allows flexible many-to-many data transfer configurations. Subscriptions can be changed at any time and file flows automatically adjust. Administrators can easily perform graphical mapping of flows, organizations and endpoints in web portals.

Thru Flows

A Flow* is a virtual entity used in Thru for configuration of file transfer processes. Flows are usually defined with business processes in mind. For example, there may be separate flows for invoices, reports, billing, etc. They are created first and can be configured to integrate directly with client/server endpoints or with EiPaaS via certified connectors. Transfers between enterprise servers are also orchestrated by flows. After creating flows, the enterprise subscribes relevant organizations to the flows and attaches their endpoints.
* Flow is called Transport in earlier versions.

Organizations

Organizations are virtual entities in Thru that are either partners or internal departments. They can contain user accounts, certain security tokens like PGP keys or certificates. They are subscribed to flows according to business process rules. Organizations define and attach server or client endpoints to the flows. They can then set access credentials required for the endpoints.

Endpoints

Endpoints are virtual entities which administrators add to organizations. These endpoints enable connectivity over a set of file transfer protocols, such as SFTP, FTPS or HTTPS. Thru can act as a client or a server for all protocols in our automated file transfer solution. It also supports endpoints for manual file sharing. Administrators can implement multiple authentication methods for endpoints. They can also configure logic in the endpoints, such as schedules, events for file transfer start or alerts.

Real-Time Configuration & Control

Thru’s publish-subscribe design allows configuration of flows and endpoints at any time—no need for maintenance downtime. If a new endpoint is attached or the current endpoint is replaced, file exchange will continue normally. No files will be lost since Thru is based on persistent cloud storage, where all files are kept until successfully transferred. Administrators can pause and restart flows, entire organizations or selected endpoints at any moment for troubleshooting purposes. They will not lose any file data or metadata.

Partner Onboarding & Management

Partner onboarding is a familiar challenge in integration solutions. Thru implements simple and fast partner onboarding with its admin web portal. Once the partner organization is created, a self-service web portal is automatically provisioned. Partners can log in and configure required flows, endpoints, users or security tokens. By allowing self-service portals, enterprise administrators can delegate management to partner administrators. This significantly improves efficiency if there are hundreds or thousands of partners, which is common in the supply chain or retail industries.

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