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
OFTP uses X.25, the standard which defines the
physical connections over which other file transfer protocols and emulators
run. The OFTP is computer hardware and software independent, requiring
no knowledge of the hardware or software which your partners have implemented.
The ODETTE Steering Committee has also approved
standard which allows companies to take advantage of the benefits associated
with the OFTP with the added benefit of using cost-effective, high
ISDN services. For those companies wishing to take advantages of X25 and ISDN from a single host, switch boxes are available enabling a
communications interface to two differing technologies. Communications
adapters are available for PCs supporting both ISDN and X.25.
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