Partner File Exchange in the Cloud

Modernize file transfer integrations with trading partners

Reduce IT overhead when on-boarding and managing trading partner integrations.

Thru’s managed file transfer as a service (MFTaaS) can act as a file exchange gateway between your organization and trading partners. The principle of this design is to simply the onboarding of new partners and the management of endpoints and file routing as well as providing 100% visibility of all file transfer traffic.

illustration of partners file transfer with thru in the cloud

How to Connect to Partners for File Exchange

Once Thru is deployed, your MFT administrator creates the trading partner organizations and file transfer flows. The organization entities become subscribers to the flows which can be managed and updated without affecting other endpoints or flows. The administration associated with SFTP endpoints, such as key management, and flow endpoint details, such as folder path location for pick up or drop off, is accomplished via a web-based portal instead of manually coding or scripting.

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File Transfer Flows

Each flow created by the organization is directional either to or from the trading partners. Multiple partners can be subscribed to the same flow, reducing the number of connections the organization has to manage.

Note: If a subscriber of a flow is disabled or a flow endpoint is not connected, the flow still works for other endpoints or subscribers.

Flow Endpoints

Each flow can have many endpoints. The following protocols are supported: SFTP, FTPS and HTTPS. Each flow endpoint can be configured and have actions assigned to it without affecting other entities or the flow itself.

Note: AS2 is not currently supported.

Online Portals

The MFT system administrator can add partners as limited users to the web-based portal. The capabilities of a partner is based on user type and limited to their associated organization:

  • View configuration of file transfer entities.
  • View alerts and activity.
  • Upload / download files within portal.

Customer Success Story for Partner File Exchange

blackwoods uses partner file exchange

Blackwoods is an Australian industrial equipment supplier of tools, safety equipment, workwear, cleaning, hardware, electrical and site services. This 140-year-old company needed to upgrade its existing file transfer solution which was based on multiple SFTP servers being managed by its IT department. The key drivers for this project were around reducing IT overhead for managing the file transfers systems and a compliance requirement to improve data governance.

Diagram: Prior Solution Relies on On-Premises Servers

illustration of on premises partner file transfer

Diagram: In Thru Solution, Nothing Deployed On-Premises—100% Cloud and 100% Managed

illustration of partner file exchange in the cloud using thru

Blackwoods selected Thru to address two primary use cases for transferring files into and out of the enterprise:

  1. Exchanging large image files with vendors.
  2. Processing banking transactions
    File payments, EFT, payroll, tax, bank transfers and reconciliations need to be exchanged securely.

Using Thru deployed in our Sydney datacenter provides Blackwoods with the required data sovereignty. Additionally, moving to the cloud enables Blackwoods to exchange files with its banks and vendors without the need or management of any servers on-premises or in the DMZ.

Thru helps Blackwoods overcome its two most challenging file transfer use cases:

  1. To submit large image files for the Blackwoods catalog, vendors are subscribed to file transfer flows allowing them to manually upload over HTTPS or automatically upload via SFTP.
  2. Banking partners are also subscribed to file transfer flows that are connected to either SFTP servers or clients.

In both use cases, files are securely transferred in transit and at rest with all transfers recorded in audit for a central source for reporting. In the event of an exception, such as an endpoint not connecting, alerts are signaled.


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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