SOURCE: Sterling Commerce

October 13, 2008 09:00 ET

Sterling Commerce Introduces New Managed File Transfer Capabilities That Cut Server Change Management Time in Half

Sterling Control Center - Configuration Manager Expedites Mass Server Upgrades to Accommodate Constantly Changing MFT Initiatives and Security Policies

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo -- Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) company, today announced Sterling Control Center - Configuration Manager™, part of its industry-leading 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, 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.

"As IT modernization initiatives continue to grow, and applications and infrastructures are upgraded or replaced, the underlying communication foundation should also be modernized," said L. Frank Kenney, research director at Gartner. "New solutions should have streamlined capabilities to change settings and have better security and auditing capabilities as these solutions improve internal operational efficiency and offer better overall manageability."

Sterling Control Center - Configuration Manager is providing capabilities to enable companies to keep up with today's fast-paced, constantly changing business environment. Most companies' file transfer environments are decentralized with many point-to-point connections, making centralized 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.

"Managed file transfer is quickly becoming one of the most important corporate IT initiatives because organizations 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," said Geoff Baird, vice president, Managed File Transfer for Sterling Commerce. "Sterling Control Center - Configuration Manager sets the standard in helping organizations meet those requirements by delivering a new level of centralized, efficient server administration of critical managed file transfer servers."

Sterling Control Center - Configuration Manager applies to Connect:Direct servers. Connect:Direct is the leading point-to-point file transfer software optimized for high-volume, secure, assured delivery of files within and among enterprises. 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
    
    

Sterling Commerce is exhibiting its integration, file transfer and supply chain solutions at booth PS3 at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, from Oct. 12-16. Sterling Commerce executive and customer presentation dates, times and locations can be found online: http://agendabuilder.gartner.com/sym18/WebPages/VendorDetail.aspx?vendor=44.

About Sterling Commerce

Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) company, helps customers thrive in a global economy by connecting their business communities, processes, people, and technology. More than 30,000 customers worldwide -- including 82 percent of the Fortune 500 -- use Sterling Commerce solutions for business process integration, multi-channel selling, and supply chain fulfillment to improve profitability inside and outside their company walls. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Sterling Commerce has offices in 19 countries and most major cities around the world. More information on the company can be found at www.sterlingcommerce.com.

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