Internal System-to-System File Transfer

Automate file transfers between systems on an enterprise network

Illustration of system to system file transfer

Enterprise applications are frequently deployed on different servers on the corporate network. To import file-based data, applications scan pre-configured locations on the file servers or external file shares. Applications frequently export file-based data to file shares for consumption by other applications on the same network. In a different scenario, application updates require executables or configuration files to be copied between multiple servers on the corporate network. The data flows above require a managed and auditable way to copy files between multiple source and target folders inside the corporate network.

Thru Orchestration

Thru is a cloud-native service which manages file transfer inside enterprise networks based on a distributed hybrid architecture. To transfer the files between the internal systems, a Thru Node (an MFT agent) is deployed on the enterprise network. This node is a runtime which can execute required MFT flows between the servers inside the corporate network. The node is configured via a Thru web portal and orchestrated by our cloud. The node retrieves configurations and software updates from our cloud and reports completed actions and exceptions via an outbound HTTPS connection to our APIs.

Diagram: Internal File Transfers with Thru Node

Diagram of Managed File Transfer (MFT) in system to system use case

Automation

General automation features available in Thru are also supported by the Thru Node for internal transfers, including

  • file compression
  • PGP encryption
  • renaming
  • routing to certain folders

Autoscaling & High Availability

Multiple instances of the Thru Node microservices are launched on transfer requests and executed concurrently across multiple resources on the enterprise network to transfer data. The node can be configured with high availability: If a failure in dispatch or transfer microservice is detected, a new instance of microservice is started.

Governance

For internal transfer use cases, file data never leaves the enterprise network. Only reporting data is stored in the cloud.

Franchise Company Simplifies File Transfers with Thru Nodes

Challenge

A food franchise company receives point-of-sale (POS) information daily from its franchisees. Its franchisees are not technical and only have a laptop at their disposal.

Solution

The franchisees install and use a Thru Node to transfer POS data to the franchise company. By using the nodes for internal file transfer, the company successfully meets its security and ease of use requirements.

 

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