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The OFTP was developed by Odette Group 4.

The OFTP (ODETTE File Transfer Protocol) provides a standardised way for separate computer systems to communicate with each other.

The OFTP is a high level protocol. It is applied to the way messages are sent rather than the physical communications line across which they travel. The basic physical connections are also standardised but these are covered by other protocols such as X.25, TCP/IP and ENX extranet.

  • OFTP uses X.25, the standard which defines the physical connections over which other file transfer protocols and emulators can run. The OFTP is computer hardware and software independent, requiring no knowledge of the hardware or software which your partners have implemented.
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  • The ODETTE Steering Committee has also approved the ISDN/OFTP standard which allows companies to take advantage of the benefits associated with the OFTP with the added benefit of using cost-effective, high speed ISDN services. For those companies wishing to take advantages of X25 and ISDN from a single host, switch boxes are available enabling a common communications interface to two differing technologies. Communications adapters are available for PCs supporting both ISDN and X.25.
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  • OFTP can also be used on TCP/IP. Extranet ENX is an illustration, making it possible to combine the use of protocol OFTP with other applications based on IP.
  • In its latest developments (called V2) OFTP allows SSL / TLS, authentication, encryption and electronic signature files, this allows to use secured access to Internet

 

 

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