By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2004-05-24 Print this article Print

With CyberFusion 5.5, Proginet Corp. enhances encryption and automates transfer features in its secured data transmission software. Companies looking to beef up security and the event tracking of data transmissions to corporate partners or across the corporate network will find plenty to like in CyberFusion 5.5.

As with other proprietary file transfer platforms, including Tumbleweed Communications Corp.s SecureTransport, it is necessary to have the CyberFusion software on both ends of the transmission. Companies looking to increase regulatory compliance by using CyberFusions file transfer encryption and transactions logging will need to make sure corporate partners also have the software.

CyberFusion Server 5.5, which began shipping last month, behaved like a peer-to-peer application in eWEEK Labs tests, but the platform offers server and client components for a variety of needs.

CyberFusion Server 5.5 costs $6,500 per server for Windows and Linux installations, with a $1,300-per-year maintenance fee. The CyberFusion PowerStation client for 32-bit Windows hosts costs $740 per machine, with a yearly $140 maintenance fee.

CyberFusion 5.5 eases data synchronization across multiple servers with a new ability to detect and transfer files in designated folders automatically. Version 5.5 also gains support for AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption, in addition to the existing support for DES (Data Encryption Standard)/3DES and Blowfish/Blowfish Long encryption.

CyberFusion 5.5 can be configured to encrypt and compress traffic automatically. The softwares logging capabilities track successful and failed transfers and can automate transfer functions that FTP cant natively perform.

CyberFusion 5.5 also guarantees file delivery and integrity, using a checkpoint restart mechanism to continue previously interrupted transfers and complete file hashes to ensure the transferred file is intact and complete.

In tests, we configured a series of file transfers between CyberFusion 5.5 servers we installed on a Windows 2000 Server and a Red Hat Inc. Fedora Core 1 Linux-based host. (Proginet also offers server installation packages for Solaris, HP-UX, AIX and AS/400 installations.) We added a CyberFusion PowerStation running as a service on a Windows XP host. The PowerStation client, which can also run as an application on Windows 9x machines, offers most of the server functionality without the checkpoint restart features.

Using CyberFusion Administrator, included with CyberFusion Server, we easily transferred individual files between the servers and PowerStations on the fly, but the systems true flexibility comes with the programs templates. Improved use of wild cards eases the process of creating templates relevant for multiple files or folders.

By applying a template to an Initiation Directory on the CyberFusion Server or remote PowerStation, we easily created a policy that automatically recognized and transferred files as they were updated.

CyberFusion 5.5s new ability to traverse firewalls without exposing internal network ports to the Internet, via a tiered architecture, is impressive. Using the DNI Receive functionality, we could deploy a CyberFusion-enabled host in our network DMZ as a way station for data. We could then configure internal LAN servers to pull data from the DMZ server automatically, which meant we didnt have to open a port to the Internet.

Technical Analyst Andrew Garcia can be reached at andrew_garcia@ziffdavis.com.

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Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.

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