Data Sheet: Axway Central Governance

Centralized control and deep visibility for end-to-end data flows that power business interactions

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Delivery Options

  • Licensed software

Digital business is pressuring organizations to adopt managed file transfer (MFT) in order to meet new challenges, including:   

  • Stringent requirements for security and compliance
  • Increased movement of an avalanche of data
  • Synchronization of processes and algorithms via data
  • More data-heavy applications

Companies also expect and demand more from their Managed File Transfer capability, such as:

  • Reduced cost and increased efficiency
  • Faster response to new business requirements and operation issues
  • Compliance and security assurance

Axway’s MFT solution helps IT teams establish a Managed File Transfer (MFT) infrastructure as a shared service to overcome digital transformation challenges.

At the core of Axway’s MFT solution, Axway Central Governance addresses the process of defining data flow, providing an up-to-date data repository, enabling data flow automation and insuring end-to-end data visibility. It makes enterprises easier to work with by reducing the time needed to create efficient business connections, and ensuring a robust, scalable and traceable data flow infrastructure.

Axway Central Governance is a single solution for governing the flow of data between the entities involved in a business process.  It centralizes and unifies governance features leveraging data, metadata and events handled by Axway MFT products.

Through a unified console, Axway Central Governance provides a consistent, persona-based user experience for governing data flows within internal infrastructures, across partner communities, from system to system and person to person, and to and from cloud and mobile applications. The result is centralized control and end-to-end visibility of data flows from business interactions.

In this release, Axway Central Governance is available for use with Axway Transfer CFT v3.1 and SecureTransport 5.3.1 and subsequent versions. Future releases will support additional Axway MFT products.

Key Features & Benefits

Data Flow Repository for faster data flow deployment

Respond rapidly to changing business requirements and eliminate configuration errors and inconsistencies.

  • ƒƒDefine end-to-end file transfer interactions between participants, both at design time and runtime.
  • ƒƒManage the definitions of the applications and partners that drive a data flow.
  • ƒƒFrom the data flow definitions in the repository, automatically generate configuration parameters for the underlying middleware infrastructure with full control of the configuration deployment.

Centralized day-to-day operation management

Drastically reduce operational management complexity and cost

  • Configure, start and stop components
  • Monitor components and data flows
  • View logs
  • Use mass-processing features for highly distributed environments (groups, configuration policies, etc.)

Global identity management and access control

Use Central Governance as a central control point for security enforcement across the entire infrastructure

  • Define and enforce policies governing data flow access
  • ƒƒSecure data flows using existing access and identity management systems to ensure compliance with corporate security policies and regulatory requirements
  • ƒƒManage user and partner identities and access rights
  • ƒƒEnsure authentication, encryption and signature at the node level, by centrally managing certificates lifecycle

Out-of-the-box visibility and audit trails

Business-oriented monitoring and end-to-end control are available and adaptable for both business managers and IT staff through user-defined and out-of-the-box dashboards

  • Use dashboards, alerts, reports and data flow analytics to monitor and analyze components and data flows at each step of a process in fine-grained detail, including progress of large file transfers, space remaining on servers, and more
  • Manage SLAs, speed problem resolution and improve responsiveness across lines of business by reducing dependence on IT
  • Improve quality of service and reduce costs over your entire data exchange environment by detecting and correcting data flow issues or malfunctions in real time, before they become critical
  • Ensure compliance with regulations that require audit of transfers, security and access.

Core Functionality

Instead of managing a file transfer or a business relationship in isolation, Axway Central Governance places the focus on governing the data flow itself: the entities involved, the data exchanged, and the context of the business process. Governing data flows in the context of specific business interactions enables businesses to prioritize processing and act on the data appropriately.

Axway Central Governance enables you to:

  • Define, provision and manage the entities involved in the data flow (systems, partners and applications)
  • Define, provision and manage the data flow definition (priority, file properties, processing actions), related security and access management policies, partner and customer SLAs, and more.  
  • Control and monitor data flows at both business and technical levels to ensure that interactions happen as you have defined them 

Speed deployment, reduce costs and optimize IT resources

With Axway Central Governance, you can optimize usage of IT resources and infrastructure and minimize labor-intensive, break-and-fix procedures. Functionality includes:

  • ƒƒ Automatic discovery of Axway Transfer CFT instances declaring themselves under the control of Central Governance services
  • ƒƒ Centralized design and deployment of configurations for Axway Transfer CFT instances including mass-processing features for highly distributed environments
  • ƒƒ Centralized day-to-day operation management, including starting and stopping components, viewing logs and monitoring data flows
  • ƒƒ Global management of user and partner identities and access rights, providing a central control point for security enforcement across the entire infrastructure

Improve Business Agility with the Data Flow Repository

Axway Central Governance provides a Data Flow Repository for creating and managing end-to-end flow definitions, from business-application level to infrastructure level. These definitions automatically generate a consistent parameter setup for the underlying Axway MFT products involved in the execution of the data flow.

Manage SLAs with out-of-the-box visibility into data flows that drive business interactions

Axway Central Governance delivers deep visibility and a single source of truth for governing the data flows that drive your business interactions — inside the enterprise and beyond the enterprise edge. Functionality includes:

  • Fine-grained, end-to-end visibility into data flows to ensure compliance with repository definitions (and SLAs)
  • ƒƒOut-of-the box alert management, including a subscription mechanism for alert notifications, for real-time tracking of problems linked to components or data flow processing
  • ƒƒOut-of-the-box web dashboards with data flow analytics for the entire Axway MFT solution infrastructure


  • Platforms:
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Red Hat Linux Enterprise 5, 6 and 7
  • Oracle Linux 5, 6 and 7
  • CentOS 6 and 7
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.2 and 12
  • Cluster Management:
  • RH Cluster Suite 2.0.52
  • Databases:
  • Central Governance embedded database: MySQL
  • External databases: MySQL 5.6 and 5.7 (MySQL Cluster not supported), Oracle 11.2 and 12.1 (including Oracle RAC), MS SQL Server 2012 and 2014
  • Browsers:
  • Windows 7 - 32 & 64 bits Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows 7 - 32 & 64 bits Chrome Latest
  • Windows 7 - 32 & 64 bits Firefox Latest
  • Windows 7 - 32 & 64 bits Firefox ESR Latest
  • Windows 8.1 - 64 bits Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows 8.1 - 64 bits Chrome Latest
  • Windows 8.1 - 64 bits Firefox Latest
  • Windows 8.1 - 64 bits Firefox ESR Latest
  • Axway Products:
  • Axway Transfer CFT 3.1.2 and later