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Load Balancing FTP Services for High Availability

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In this post, I'm going to take you through the steps of setting up JSCAPE MFT Gateway to establish load balancing across two FTP servers. Load balanced servers can help you achieve high availability for mission critical file transfer services. We're going to start by creating a new FTP cluster consisting of two FTP servers. Once that FTP cluster is ready, we'll then make it accessible to clients by creating an FTP reverse proxy service that will forward client requests to that cluster.

JSCAPE MFT Server 9.0 Released

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JSCAPE is pleased to announce the release of JSCAPE MFT Server 9.0.  This version is a major upgrade from previous versions with development efforts focused on the release of a new web based administrative interface.  The new administrative interface replaces the Java based client and allows for the server to be managed using any modern web browser, including those found on Android and iOS tablet devices.

"Over the past year we have successfully migrated all of our enterprise file transfer solutions to a web based platform.  These efforts have been key for our long term strategy and provide our customers greater flexibility and ease of use when managing their file transfers." said Van Glass, Product Manager for JSCAPE MFT Server.

In addition to the new administrative user interface a number of other product enhancements are available in the latest version.  Notable enhancements include include improved AS2 support and the ability to download collections of files as a ZIP archive when using the web client.  For a complete list of all changes please see the version history.


If you are an existing customer and wish to upgrade to the latest version of JSCAPE MFT Server please contact the Help Desk for assistance.

How to Setup a FTP Reverse Proxy

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I'm now going to show you how to enable a reverse proxy service on JSCAPE MFT Gateway. By setting up a DMZ-based JSCAPE MFT Gateway to reverse proxy for one or more file transfer servers in your internal network, you can employ DMZ streaming. This will allow you to provide trading partners and other external users access to your sensitive data without placing the data on any DMZ-based server.  

Three Reasons a Reverse Proxy is Worth the Investment

reverse proxy serviceFor any business, its data is a critical part of its functioning. This data is constantly being accessed and shared among employees, clients and staff, making secure file transfer services essential.
With the amount of information flooding in and out of company servers, there is always a higher chance of data loss during the transfer, and more importantly, a system could be hacked, and its security breached.
For this reason, many companies invest in reverse proxy services.
What is reverse proxy?
Reverse proxy is a type of server that retrieves information from one or several servers, and transfers this to the client requesting the information. This allows a company's reverse proxy to identify the source, or client, and authenticates the transmission of information without the client being aware of its origin.
Here are some of the benefits of using a reverse proxy service.
  • Security. When an internet user or client sends a request for a file transfer, the request is first sent through a firewall, and then enters the reverse proxy for authentication before retrieving the data from the internal file transfer servers. This blocks clients from determining where the information is coming from, making it harder for hackers to get through to the main servers and steal crucial company data. In fact, accidental deletion, viruses and other disasters have affected a whopping 70% of businesspeople, making reverse proxies even more critical for protective reasons.
  • File Compression. One of the main advantages of using a reverse proxy is its ability to truncate large file requests as they come in from clients. In other words, the information that enters the system is translated into smaller bits than in which it was originally requested. This decreases the loading time, because the bandwidth is reduced significantly. Consequently, when the information reaches the back-end servers, they are able to respond to the request quickly, and the reverse proxy re-compresses the information, sending back out to the client in a more timely fashion.
  • Balanced Load. At any given time, there could be a number of requests streaming in from clients who need access to data from internal servers. What a reverse proxy does is take the requests and distribute them to the appropriate servers. This also helps balance the load of requests shuffled through, so that no server is overloaded. Excessive incoming requests to a dedicated server could cause severely slow loading times. This is one of the most widely-known uses of a reverse proxy.


JSCAPE MFT Gateway 3.0 Released

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JSCAPE is pleased to announce the release of JSCAPE MFT Gateway 3.0.  This release is a major upgrade from previous versions adding several improvements to the clustering module, support for additional protocols, caching of HTTP/S content, and the ability to reverse proxy services without opening any inbound ports to your internal networks.

JSCAPE products not affected by Heartbleed vulnerability


The Heartbleed vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160) was recently made public and has been known to affect a large number of applications (client and server) utilizing the OpenSSL library and SSL/TLS.  This vulnerability potentially exposes sensitive information stored in memory normally protected by SSL/TLS such as private encryption keys and user credentials.

How To Set Up and Login with OpenID SSO

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Over the past few weeks, we introduced you to the basic concepts and benefits of OpenID, SAML, and SSO in general. Today, we finally get our hands dirty as we dive into the JSCAPE MFT Server environment and teach you how to enable OpenID Web SSO there. After that, we'll show you how your users can login using their own OpenID account. 

What is OpenID?

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Web SSO support comes to JSCAPE MFT Server in the form of two widely accepted standards: OpenID and SAML. Earlier this month, we already talked about SAML. So now it's time to get acquainted with OpenID.

JSCAPE MFT Server Plugin for Outlook 3.0 Released

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JSCAPE is pleased to announce the latest release of JSCAPE MFT Server Plugin for Outlook. This version (3.0) includes several improvements, the most notable being added support for Outlook 2013 and the ability to perform ad-hoc file transfers using either of the available REST or WebDAV services in JSCAPE MFT Server.

What is SAML?

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The latest version of JSCAPE MFT Server (8.8) already supports SAML Web SSO. Although we introduced SSO and its benefits in previous posts, we never went into the details of specific Web SSO standards like SAML and OpenID (also supported by 8.8). But in order to take advantage of any of our Web single sign-on features, you'll need to have at least some basic understanding of each of these two standards. Today, you can start with SAML.

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