Secure File Transfer Protocol

Also known as SSH File Transfer Protocol

Does Thru support SFTP file transfers?
How do they work?

Yes. Thru is a cloud managed file transfer (MFT) solution, so there are no servers for your team to set up or maintain. You can use SFTP clients or servers as needed because Thru can act as a client or server.

How to Use SFTP to Securely Transfer Files

Situation 1: Source SFTP Server to Target SFTP Server

Thru pulls files from a source SFTP server and pushes them to a target.

use SFTP server to pull and push secure file transfers

use SFTP client to push and pull secure file transfer

Situation 2: Source SFTP Client to Target SFTP Client

The source SFTP client endpoint pushes files to Thru, then the target SFTP client endpoint pulls them.

Situation 3: Source SFTP Server to Target SFTP Client

Thru pulls files from a source SFTP server endpoint. Then, the target client endpoint pulls files from Thru.

use Thru as a client or server to pull files

Where can I have the SFTP server?

Thru can be deployed in our cloud or in your private Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.

How much SFTP traffic can Thru handle?

Thru can handle a high volume of file traffic because it automatically scales with demand.

How do customers use SFTP in Thru?

Customers use SFTP for external file transfer and for transfers between cloud applications.

Use Case 1: External File Transfer

A manufacturer and its distributors automatically exchange files daily. These files include incoming inventory reports from the manufacturer to the distributors. The manufacturer uses an SFTP server endpoint while the distributors use a mix of SFTP client and server endpoints. Thru manages these file transfers by acting as a client or server as needed.

uses thru to automate secure file exchange with manufacturer distributors

Use Case 2: Transfers Between Cloud Applications

An enterprise wants to send payroll files between two cloud applications: its HR platform and its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. It sets up an SFTP client endpoint for both applications to transfer files between them.

The process has 5 steps:

  1. The HR platform generates payroll files.
  2. Those files are dropped into the source SFTP client endpoint.
  3. The source SFTP client pushes them to Thru. In this case, Thru is acting as a server.
  4. The target SFTP client, which is connected to the ERP system, pulls the files from Thru.
  5. The files land in the ERP.
use mft to secure file transfer with hr and erp cloud applications

Related Protocol Resources

Protocols Overview

To protect data in transit, it is important to pick a secure file transfer protocol.
See which secure file transfer protocol is best for your use cases »

FTPS Overview

Thru also supports file transfers with FTPS client or server endpoints.
See how Thru works with FTPS »

HTTPS Overview

The Thru Node, our managed file transfer (MFT) agent, transfers files over HTTPS.
Get more details about how HTTPS works and its use cases »

Secure File Transfer Overview

Encrypted protocols are only part of how Thru keeps file transfers secure. See how authentication and monitoring capabilities give you complete control over security.


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