What is FTP?

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and it is one of the most basic forms of file transfer. An FTP is created by someone who ‘hosts’ an FTP. This is known as an ‘FTP Server’ This is a file directory that they make available to external parties. Each party is given a username and password to connect to the server. The partner is known as an ‘FTP Client’. Once connected, the external can either put files onto the server or pull files off the server, depending on what both parties intend to do.

There is a lot of software that can support connecting to an FTP. It’s more technologically complex to host an FTP server than it is to connect to one. There are many settings for FTP servers and connections, like polling intervals for how fast a server will check for new files, and directories for storing and organizing many files.

What does it take to setup a FTP connection?

This depends largely on the software used to setup an FTP connection and if you are intending to setup an FTP Server or just an FTP Client connection. There are usually many steps to setting up a server that entail setting up the location of the server, what files are accessible, and what users will have access to the server.

Here is how the setup looks in Babelway

In Babelway, the setup is as easy as pressing a button. Both FTP Client and FTP Servers are available in Babelway. For a server, all you have to define is the username and password that you’ll give to your partner to send you files. For a client, all you have to define is the server address, the username, and password, all of which would be given to you by your partner if they were hosting the server.

Easy setup and monitoring

Deploy your connection in seconds, making it ready for testing immediately

  • Define a few simple parameters and create your connection
  • Access more advanced settings to adjust your connection requirements
  • Define specific polling times to ensure prompt delivery or receipt of your files
  • Monitor all file connections from one unified monitoring section

Transform any format

Use simple drag & drop tools to map your message to any other format for easy import/export in/from your database

  • 12+ formats to choose from: CSV, XML, UBL, Excel, IDOC, EDIFACT, etc
  • Hundreds of transformation functions available or build your custom functions
  • Use lookup tables tables to replace data sets
  • Change your file structure without loosing your transformation maps

Connect to anyone

Connect your Babelway environment using any EDI or non-EDI communication protocols

  • 12+ communication protocols supported including X400, VAN, AS2, SFTP, VPN, etc.
  • Define retry strategies for maximum robustness
  • Get notified and intervene immediately in case of processing or delivery issues

And last but not least:

Get extended support from the experts

Babelway is not only a great Self-Service platform, it’s a team of expert individuals to make you succeed

  • Spot the ‘reuse and save time’ zone on the right of the screen? Import messages and maps from our catalog
  • Attend live BabelAcademy sessions online and learn that stuff – check the program here.
  • Access our support helpdesk anytime and ask your questions

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