Companies could maximise uptime for critical data transfer systems this summer

Security

by Duncan MacRae| 30 April 2014

New high availability deployment option for Globalscape’s EFT Platform set for July release.

Globalscape, a developer of secure information exchange solutions, has revealed plans to release version 7 of its Enhanced File Transfer (EFT) managed file transfer platform during the first week of July.

EFT version 7 is expected to introduce next-generation features, including support for active-active high availability (HA) architectures, expanded PCI DSS version 3.0 facilitation, and a greatly enhanced Web Transfer Client (WTC) leveraging HTML5 technology.

EFT's active-active HA architecture provides:

-Scalability: EFT enables organisations to scale their file transfer services as their business grows.

-Business Continuity: Active-active redundancy provides uninterrupted service in the case of unexpected outages on one or more nodes.

-Efficiency: The EFT active-active configuration is easier to maintain utilising available hardware, and offers maintenance flexibility for patching and upgrading systems without going offline. Additionally, existing disparate hardware can be used, providing potential cost-savings over active-passive cluster configurations.

IT administrators are under considerable pressure to deliver near-continuous uptime for critical systems. When planned or unplanned outages occur, organisations can experience a loss of customers, revenue, and critical data.

EFT version 7 works with industry-standard software or hardware-based load balancers to create an active-active HA environment. Administrators can manage the entire HA cluster through a single administrative instance, no matter how many nodes are present.

EFT version 7 running in active-active mode offers a level of scalability unmatched in the industry. EFT version 7 with active-active mode enabled, supports greater capacity and event processing workloads, and ensures spikes in traffic can be processed more efficiently, so that organisations can maintain uptime of their critical systems.

Robert Oslin, EFT product manager, said: "Building on EFT's legacy of high performance, we're proud to introduce horizontal scaling as an active-active, highly available deployment option in version 7. Organisations will be able to move massive amounts of data and maintain the critical uptime their business requirements demand."

The EFT version 7 release will include other notable updates to improve performance and its enhanced, military-grade protection including updates to security components, such as PGP and AS2.

In November of 2013, the PCI Security Standards Council released the third iteration of PCI DSS. With the release of version 7, EFT meets the necessary requirements as a solution to facilitate PCI DSS version 3.0 compliance.

Other feature updates include the addition of HTML5 support for the EFT WTC. HTML5 support provides a rich upload/download experience using a web browser, and provides customers an alternative to the WTC's legacy reliance on the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

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