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Data security with strong encryption

New federal and state regulations make it imperative to encrypt sensitive data in your Enterprise database files. Credit card numbers, social security numbers, EIN and Tax ID numbers, and other sensitive information must be encrypted to prevent loss or unauthorized use. The Alliance AES Encryption product provides all of the encryption, decryption, and key management facilities you need to secure your DB2, Oracle, and SQL Server data.

Internet file server encryption

When you deploy an FTP server or data sharing server such as Microsoft SharePoint, your sensitive data is exposed after it is transmitted to you, but before you process it into your applications. You can automatically protect sensitive files on the file transfer server with Alliance File Encryption Manager for Windows. Files are automatically encrypted in real time and can then be moved to internal application servers for decryption and processing. Data is protected on your disk and while it moves across your network.

Connecting Programmable Logic Controllers to the Enterprise

You can connect PLCs from Allen-Bradley and other vendors directly to the Enterprise IBM System i server using the Alliance SerialConnect product. Receive real time barcode scan information, scale weights, and other information directly from the PLC. You can also send information such as item numbers and descriptions to the PLC. On the Enterprise IBM i server you use standard data queues to send and receive information. PLC devices are connected to the server using standard Ethernet TCP connections.

Scanners

You can directly connect barcode scanners to the IBM i Enterprise server using the Alliance SerialConnect product. Scanners from Omron, RJS, MetroLogic, and others can be connected to the Enterprise over an Ethernet TCP connection. Alliance provides a bi-directional real time interface to the scanner devices.

Scales

Large and small scale systems from Rice Lake, Mettler-Toledo, NCI, and other vendors can be connected to the IBM i Enterprise server using the Alliance SerialConnect product. Alliance provides a bi-directional real time interface to the scale devices. You can receive weights from the scale when it settles and emits a final weight, or poll the scale on a pre-determined schedule. If the scale supports commands such as print and zero tare, Alliance can send these commands to the scale.

Secure file transfer over the Internet

Securely send and receive files using an Internet connection with Alliance FTP Manager. It provides a cross-platform compatible PGP encryption method for exchanging sensitive data with customers and vendors, and is deployed by all of the major commercial banks, benefits providers, and credit companies. Files encrypted on the Enterprise with Alliance FTP Manager can be decrypted on UNIX, Windows, IBM System z mainframe, and other platforms.

Secure FTP file transfer automation

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is the work-horse method of data file transfer within the Enterprise and with outside customers and vendors. Alliance FTP Manager provides the automation, security, and compliance functions you need for your business. With automated processing of files, integration with encryption technologies, archival, and audit trails, you can deploy the most effective solution for FTP automation for your Enterprise server. Alliance FTP Manager supports Secure FTP (SFTP) and Secure Shell FTP (sFTP) protocols.

XML and web services data exchange

For Internet data exchange the manufacturing and distribution industry is rapidly adopting the XML standard for data exchange and web services. Alliance XML/400 provides a complete set of web services and XML translation facilities to fully process XML on your Enterprise IBM i server. Order taking, order status, advanced shipping notices and other services can be easily deployed directly on your Enterprise server.

401K benefits file transfer

Send and receive 401K benefits information with your plan administrator using the Alliance FTP Manager for secure Internet communications. Sensitive employee information is securely encrypted and decrypted with PGP directly for your Enterprise server. No intermediate servers are required for data transport. Alliance FTP Manager provides secure communications, data archival, and audit trails.

Achieve Regulatory Compliance Requirements with Key Management

Separate your encryption keys from your protected data with an easy-to-deploy rack-mounted solution, Alliance Key Manager. FIPS 140-2 certified to help you meet all regulations for key management Alliance Key Manager provides the secure management, storage, and distribution of encryption keys you need for protecting data in motion and data at rest. Applications on any platform (System i, System z, Windows, Linux, Unix.) can securely retrieve encryption keys from Alliance Key Manager.