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IBM Sterling File Gateway

IBM Sterling File Gateway (SFG) is a file transfer portal that stands between your enterprise and its external trading partners. SFG is built on IBM B2B Sterling Integrator. It offers scalable architecture and a centralized file gateway with the capabilities to monitor, administer, route and transform high volumes of files. SFG automatically performs the necessary steps to format, secure, and route data. SFG supports many protocols, encryption schemes, and security provisions which vastly reduces the effort required to integrate with trading partners.

By centrally managing trading partner file transfer requirements, file transfer errors are reduced. Centralized file transfers enhance visibility and tracking of the status of file transfers. It also eliminates the security risks and costs in managing multiple FTP servers.


Onboarding Wizard and reusable templates enable the rapid onboarding of new partners
Set up group based controls to minimize administration of trading partner relationships
Utilizes import/export functionality to minimize risk of production updates to trading partner configurations

Communication Channels:

Provides industry protocols: FTP, FTPS, SSH/SFTP, SSH/SCP, HTTP, HTTPS, IBM® Sterling Connect:Direct®, IBM® Sterling Connect:Direct® Secure Plus, WebDAV, SOAP, ODETTE
AS1, AS2 and AS3 support
Extensible for custom protocols
Utilize Zip and GZIP to compress files


Multiple encryption standards supported(PGP, SSL/TLS, S/MIME)
Supports single sign-on, LDAP and user authentication
Encrypt both in-flight and at-rest files
Enables event logging that provides a complete audit trail of file transfer activities

Business processes:

Create pre-defined event-driven business processes to limit setup and administration of process flows
Use rules based processing to elevate file transfers to a business level activity

Management and Visibility:

Gives trading partners secure access to initiate upload and download requests via myFileGateway
Offers real-time monitoring and a self-service portal that gives IT and business users visibility over in-flight file transfers
Monitor file transfer activity on an "exception" basis using event management notifications
Uses auditing and reporting to provide metrics that verify regulatory compliance and adherence to service level agreements


Supports the consolidation of file transfer servers and growth in trading partner collaboration with native horizontal and vertical clustering Offers a technical architecture that supports high volumes of file transfers and extremely large files without compromising performance

File Processing and Routing:

Use mapping capabilities to manage file naming relationships Automate the replay, reprocess and resend associated with failed file transfers
Intelligently route files based on sender, file name, file type and file contents
Reusable templates reduce staff time to build and maintain file transfers processes

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