Partner File Exchange in the Cloud

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To respond quickly to changing market conditions, enterprises regularly exchange file-based data with their global partner networks. Unfortunately, the partners’ file exchange systems usually consist of legacy on-premises products or in-house developed solutions requiring continuous, time-intensive maintenance. Subsequently, large enterprises find it necessary to maintain the networks of partners, commonly numbering in the hundreds.

Modernizing partner networks with a cloud managed file transfer solution brings automation and control back to the enterprise. The enterprise has full visibility into file data exchange with partners and flexible onboarding/deprovisioning processes.

The Cloud Partner File Exchange Solution

Thru is a managed file transfer platform as a service (MFTPaaS) that runs in major cloud providers anywhere and provides connectivity for global partner networks. It scales as needed for the load and is designed with elasticity, adjusting processing resources dynamically to match the file exchange workloads.

Thru can act as a client (connecting to external servers directly) or as a server (based on secure cloud file storage), managing automated file transfer over multiple file transfer protocols.

Administrators can quickly onboard and manage partners in the web-based interface. The publish-subscribe architecture enables creation of reusable file transfer flows and associated subscriptions resulting in flexible many-to-many configurations that replace multiple point-to-point connections.

Benefits of Cloud Partner File Exchange

Simplify Partner Configuration and Process Management

In the publish-subscribe architecture, organizations create simple reusable file flows, subscribe to them and attach endpoints. Subscribed organizations and endpoints can be changed any time, with no maintenance downtime required.

Accelerate Partner Onboarding

Partner onboarding in our web-based administration portals is fast and easy. When partners are onboarded, self-service portals are automatically created. The enterprise can delegate configuration work and management to partner administrators, reducing support and maintenance costs and accelerating solution delivery.

Streamline Data Exchange with Partners

Web-based configuration and management portals allow users with no development skills, citizen integrators, to work on MFT integrations and flows.

Guarantee File Exchange with Partners

Thru acts as a client or server for all file transfer protocols and is based on persistent cloud storage. To guarantee zero data loss, data is stored in our encrypted cloud file storage until delivery or deletion. If files cannot be delivered to or from the partner endpoint—due to maintenance or network interruption—our system retries multiple times until it succeeds. If file transfer is not successful, alerts are sent to administrators and displayed in the dashboard. Checkpoint restart capability is implemented for all protocols to ensure file transfer will resume from a certain data point.

Establish Partner File Exchange in Minutes

File Transfer Challenge

This company requires agility and speed to meet its business demands which were not being met by its legacy on-premises integration platform. To solve those issues, it adopted the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform. Next, the IT team searched for a file exchange solution that easily integrates with MuleSoft and resides in the cloud.

File Exchange Solution

After switching to Thru, the manufacturing company easily creates and manages its business-critical file transfers with its external partners. Additionally, the Thru® MFT Connector streams data in and out of Mule flows where data is processed.

File Exchange Trusted by Organizations Worldwide

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Is your partner network difficult to manage? Simplify it with Thru.

Contact us to discuss how we can help. Since 2002, we have analyzed, discussed and solved file transfer challenges.


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