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Accelerated File Transfer and Security Domains in Latest Release of GoAnywhere MFT

Posted by on Thursday, 24 March, 2016

Linoma Software announces two significant enhancements in Version 5.2 of the award winning GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer software.  A new file transfer acceleration protocol called GoFast™ improves delivery speed and reliability when compared to traditional FTP, and Domains allows organizations to segregate users and workflows to provide an additional layer of data security.

GoFast Accelerated File TransferThe new GoFast protocol uses multiple UDP channels to accelerate the movement of files between servers. This acceleration is especially useful for moving large files, including videos and backup sets, across the internet or wide area networks (WANs). Options are provided in GoFast to protect confidential transfers with strong AES-256 encryption, as well as compress transmissions to minimize bandwidth requirements. Since GoFast is a feature within the GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer solution, it takes full advantage of the available automation, auditing and reporting capabilities in the product.

Domains can be used to segregate GoAnywhere MFT into multiple security zones where authorized users can only work with trading partners, workflows and logs belonging to their assigned domains.  This functionality benefits organizations that need to share a single installation of GoAnywhere with multiple divisions or departments, while maintaining separation of administrative access. Each domain can be locked into certain network folders to prevent unauthorized access by other administrators.

Continuing Advancements with GoAnywhere Automation & Security

Current GoAnywhere MFT customers that upgrade to the current release also gain new functionality for workflow automation and user authentication. Highlights for some of the new features include:

  • Support for Amazon S3 Buckets and WebDAV resources that can be used as file storage for trading partners and workflows.
  • Support for popular SMS gateways and SMNP servers to make it easier to automate alerts and notifications.
  • Project revision history tracking that allows you to restore workflows to previous versions.
  • RSA RADIUS Login methods with Two-Factor-Authentication using key fobs or token apps.
  • Additional logs and change history to track administrator user activity on the system.

View the complete list of version 5.2 enhancements on the GoAnywhere MFT release notes page.

Higher Education Centralizes Campus-wide Secure File Transfers

Posted by on Tuesday, 9 February, 2016

While some may not think institutions of higher learning are a hive of business transactions, the truth is that they need to move data files as much as any enterprise.

The big difference between corporations and higher education is that companies typically use a top-down approach when it comes to selecting and implementing IT solutions. Conversely, in a university system, the different business offices and departments are frequently selecting technology independent of one another.  This creates a unique challenge for post-secondary schools.

Compliance Gatekeeper

From admissions and financial aid to alumni relations and human resources, universities must meet data security and reporting compliance with HIPAA, PCI DSS, GLBA, FISMA and FERPA, to name a few. This positions a school’s IT department as the central hub in maintaining secure connections between these independent systems and encrypting every file transfer sent to outside vendors and agencies.

Higher Education - Northwestern University logoTo help streamline this process, Northwestern University replaced their traditional FTP and file transfer scripts with an MFT (Managed File Transfer) solution that supports modern encryption standards and transmission protocols.

Scot Milford, Northwestern’s distributed application platform service manager, was among those tasked with finding a new solution. “We decided we needed to look for an application with good but easy reporting and something that provided a framework for standardization and more structure,” he remembers.

“I would say it’s extremely flexible,” states Ron Blitz, senior systems administrator in Northwestern’s IT Administrative Systems Enabling Technologies department. “It’s easy to construct a script-like process without writing any code. Customizing transfers specific to each trading partner takes minutes and is often just a simple ‘drag-n-drop’ or right-click away from being ready for Production.”

To learn more about how Northwestern University is utilizing MFT to connect campus-wide systems and secure data exchanges with external trading partners, we invite you to read the “Higher Education Funnels Secure File Transfers Through GoAnywhere” case study.

Free FTP Server and Client Helps Businesses Improve Security and Audit File Transfers

Posted by on Thursday, 14 January, 2016

GoAnywhere MFT’s integrated FTP Server and Client for automating and auditing file transfers is now available as a Free Edition of the enterprise-class Managed File Transfer solution.

GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer Free FTPThis free FTP software can be installed on a variety of platforms including Windows, Linux, Mac OS, UNIX and IBM i, providing flexibility to organizations of all sizes.  GoAnywhere MFT improves FTP security with features like AD authentication, granular folder permissions, password policies to comply with PCI DSS, brute force and DoS attack monitors, and IP blacklists/whitelists.

“Legacy FTP servers are lacking the security controls, user management and detailed audit logs needed to comply with regulations like PCI DSS and HIPAA” says Bob Luebbe, Chief Architect at Linoma Software.  “With the free edition, any organization can now take advantage of the comprehensive FTP features in GoAnywhere MFT.”

Using the free FTP client from GoAnywhere, organizations can add automation to their file transfers.  The ability to schedule transfers and scan for new or modified files on local or remote systems reduces manual processes and the risk of human error.  This saves time and money while improving productivity through reliable data delivery.

The GoAnywhere FTP server makes it possible to set access controls and generate detailed audit logs on all file transfer activity.  This offers a layer of regulatory and policy compliance to organizations currently using FTP to exchange files with trading partners.

GoAnywhere MFT is an on-premise solution that provides centralized control over data access. There are no upfront costs or renewal fees for this fully scalable FTP solution. GoAnywhere MFT can be easily upgraded to meet the changing needs of any business through the purchase of secure file transfer protocols, integrated Open PGP encryption, advanced workflows and in-depth reporting.

This free software installs in minutes and is available for download from the GoAnywhere website at http://www.goanywhere.com/free-ftp.

Linoma Software’s GoAnywhere MFT Now Drummond Certified™ for AS2

Posted by on Monday, 30 November, 2015

Linoma Software™ is recognized among 13 global organizations to be Drummond Certified™ in the AS2-3Q15 automated interoperability test event.  The AS2 automation features in Linoma’s managed file transfer solution, GoAnywhere MFT™, were reviewed and tested against the world’s highest standards, as set by the Drummond Group, LLC.  Drummond Certified™ products are compliant and interoperable to make sure they truly interface with the systems of customers and partners.

Drummond Certified™ AS2-3Q15AS2 (Applicability Statement 2) is one of the most popular methods for transporting data securely and reliably over the Internet.  With it, businesses can easily exchange data (like EDI, XML, documents, PDFs, and text files) with trading partners.

“Although GoAnywhere has supported AS2 for quite some time, our customers were telling us that becoming Drummond Certified™ would help them in meeting trading partner requirements.” commented Bob Luebbe, Chief Architect at Linoma Software. “To be Drummond Certified™ means being part of an elite group of software solutions, and one of the few that can also offer on-premise file collaboration and managed file transfer capabilities too.”

In addition to becoming certified an AS2-3Q15 product, further testing of GoAnywhere MFT confirmed its compatibility with RFC 4130 and verified compliance with optional profiles for:

  • FN (Filename Preservation)
  • MA (Multiple Attachments)
  • FN-MA (Filename Preservation with Multiple Attachments)
  • CTE (Chunked Transfer Encoding)
  • SHA2 hash algorithms supporting SHA256, SHA384 and SHA512

A report listing the test results and technical parameters of a specific test may be downloaded from the www.drummondgroup.com website.

Decision Time for Organizations Facing IBM Sterling Connect:Enterprise End-of-Life

Posted by on Monday, 23 November, 2015

Users of IBM Sterling Connect:Enterprise were notified in January of this year that an end-of-life date had been set for the product.  A 16-month window was set to allow customers time to migrate to a replacement Managed File Transfer product.

IBM Sterling Connect:Enterprise -End of Road DetourThe April 30, 2016 support deadline is fast approaching and failure to act has the potential for severe consequences. Operating mission-critical file transfer processes on an unsupported product can put operational continuity at risk, and an outright failure could irreparably damage relationships with trading partners.  It is critical for organizations to find an alternative to Connect:Enterprise and develop a migration strategy soon.

Options for Migration

IBM recommends that customers migrate over to another Sterling replacement, however this is not your only Managed File Transfer option.  Consider the following:

  • Be sure to evaluate the true cost of the alternative when factoring in staff and consultant time for migration, maintenance, and training.
  • What is the realistic timeline for this migration, and how do you mitigate risk if support for Connect:Enterprise expires before the project is complete?

To serve your organization’s best interests, it’s important to perform your due diligence when finding an alternative for Connect:Enterprise. Besides replacing Connect:Enterprise current functions, this is also the ideal opportunity to determine if there are additional enterprise requirements for batch or ad-hoc file transfers.

Linoma is offering GoAnywhere MFT™ as an enterprise-level managed file transfer alternative to Sterling Connect:Enterprise. GoAnywhere has an affordable price point with no limits on the number of trading partners.  With an intuitive interface and fast learning curve, Connect:Enterprise customers can convert to GoAnywhere in a relatively short period of time.

GoAnywhere offers centralized control over all transfers, including automation of internal and external file movement, and detailed audit logs with extensive reporting capabilities.  Key points of GoAnywhere are:

  • Affordable purchase price and low cost of ownership
  • Simple installation and operation
  • Responsive customer service and frequent updates
  • Industry standard encryption and protocols including SFTP, FTPS, HTTPS, SCP, Open PGP, ZIP with AES and AS2
  • Multi-platform support

GoAnywhere MFT’s intuitive browser-based interface and comprehensive workflow features will help eliminate the need for custom programs/scripts, single-function tools and manual processes that were traditionally needed. This innovative solution improves the reliability of your file transfers and helps your organization comply with data security policies and regulations.

With integrated support for clustering, GoAnywhere MFT can process high volumes of file transfers for enterprises by load balancing processes across multiple systems. The clustering technology in GoAnywhere MFT also provides active-active automatic failover for disaster recovery.

In addition to addressing core data transfer requirements, GoAnywhere also simplifies and secures file sharing and collaboration with its GoDrive module.  Unlike consumer-grade cloud sharing tools, GoDrive provides an on-premise alternative with centralized control and end-to-end encryption.  For ad-hoc transfers, the Secure Mail module makes it easy for employees to send sensitive information and attachments without file size or file type restrictions.  Both provide the security and audit logs needed to achieve compliance company-wide.

Connect with the GoAnywhere team and let us help you explore your migration options and file transfer requirements.