Trading partner reliance on integration brings need for highly available file transfers
Clustering is a modern approach for providing high availability in applications, and it is now available in the latest release of GoAnywhere Services version 3.1. Clustering spreads out the file transfer workload across multiple GoAnywhere Services systems that communicate with each other through designated channels. If one of the systems were to fail, trading partners are automatically served by the remaining systems in the cluster. This “active-active” failover approach requires no human interaction or third party tools, Linoma Software reports.
The clustering feature in GoAnywhere Services is supported by all of its server components including its integrated SFTP server, FTP server, FTPS server, and HTTPS server. To simplify implementation, all systems in the cluster share the same settings, trading partner accounts, and security policies. Remote administration for GoAnywhere Services is provided through an intuitive browser-based interface that also allows access to audit log information for all systems in the cluster.
Another advantage of clustering in GoAnywhere Services is that traffic can be load balanced over multiple systems, which is important when servicing a large number of trading partners. According to Linoma Software, all that is required is to install a load balancer like GoAnywhere Gateway in front of the cluster, typically in the DMZ, as the initial point of contact for trading partners.
“Clustering and load balancing is something we’ve wanted to add to GoAnywhere Services for a long time,” says Bob Luebbe, Linoma Software’s Chief Architect. “Our customers can now provide the best possible up-time for their secure FTP and HTTPS servers, helping them to meet SLAs and compliance requirements.”
The release of GoAnywhere Services 3.1 also includes several additional enhancements including better management and archiving of audit logs, improved SSH key management, advancements to ad-hoc secure email, as well as support for Oracle databases for storing configurations.
About GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer Suite
GoAnywhere is a managed file transfer and secure FTP solution that streamlines and automates file transfers with trading partners, customers, employees, and internal servers. Enterprise level controls and detailed audit logs are provided for meeting strict security policies and compliance requirements including PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITECH, SOX, GLBA, and state privacy laws.
GoAnywhere can be installed on most platforms including IBM i (iSeries), UNIX, AIX, Solaris, Windows, and Linux, and supports popular protocols including FTP, SFTP, HTTPS, and AS2. Optional modules include secure email for ad-hoc file transfers and RSA certified FIPS 140-2 validated encryption.
The GoAnywhere solution is comprised of three products:
- GoAnywhere Director - Managed File Transfer (scheduler, workflow automation, file encryption, etc.)
- GoAnywhere Services - Secure FTP Server and optional Web Server
- GoAnywhere Gateway - DMZ Gateway with Reverse and Forward Proxy