Sterling Commerce , a part of AT&T, have announced the launch of Sterling Control Center – Configuration Manager, part of their managed file transfer (MFT) offering, which enables customers to meet increasingly strict compliance and security regulations.
By providing a single, unified interface for quickly and easily changing distributed file transfer servers, the Sterling Control Center – Configuration Manager can cut in half the time required for managing change requests, such as when companies need to remove or modify server permission when an employee leaves, or change encryption options to comply with new security policies.
According to L. Frank Kenney, Research Director at Gartner, as IT modernisation initiatives continue to grow, and applications and infrastructures are upgraded or replaced, the underlying communication foundation should also be modernised. He adds that new solutions should have streamlined capabilities to change settings and have better security and auditing capabilities, as these improve internal operational efficiency and offer better overall manageability.
The Sterling Control Center – Configuration Manager from Sterling Commerce enables companies to keep up with today’s fast-paced, constantly changing business environment.
Most companies’ file transfer environments are decentralised with many point-to-point connections, making centralised management more difficult. Complicating the matter are the increasingly strict compliance and security requirements that companies must adhere to, leading to policy changes, audits and hardware replacement.
Geoff Baird, Vice President, Managed File Transfer for Sterling Commerce, says that managed file transfer is becoming an important corporate IT initiative because organisations are facing increasingly complex data security and compliance requirements. They require advanced tools and solutions to provide effective visibility and efficient management of the movement of critical data.
He adds that the Sterling Control Center – Configuration Manager helps organisations meet those requirements by delivering a new level of centralised, efficient server administration of critical managed file transfer servers.
The Sterling Control Center – Configuration Manager applies to Connect:Direct servers. Connect:Direct is a point-to-point file transfer software optimised for high-volume, secure, assured delivery of files within and among enterprises.
The Sterling Control Center – Configuration Manager offers central configuration for creating, updating and deleting change requests, and cross-platform search and mass upgrade functions.
Other management capabilities for reducing complexity for distributed file transfer platforms include:
- Change controls to better audit and meet compliance reporting and tracking requirements, which can be retained or restored when needed
- Policy management templates to proactively identify non-compliance related to file transfer configuration