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Multi-Tenancy

Our Multi-tenancy option enables MOVEit Transfer to simultaneously serve multiple client organizations, or “tenants”, on a domain or username basis.

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Simultaneously serve multiple client organizations, or “tenants”

Simultaneously serve multiple client organisations, or “tenants”, with MOVEit Transfer domain-based and username-based multi-tenancy.   Multi-tenancy refers to the ability of a single system to simultaneously serve multiple client organisations, or “tenants”.  Multi-tenant applications are designed to partition each client organisation’s data and configuration so that each client organisation runs in parallel, without interaction, on the same system.  A multi-tenant application typically has a more specific name for each kind of tenant, such as “domain”, “instance”, “host” or “organisation”.

How Does Multi-tenancy Apply to File Transfer Servers?

File transfer servers that provide multi-tenancy allow you set up FTP/S, SFTP and/or HTTP/S services for each organisation hosted by the file transfer application.  The organisation each user interacts with is typically determined by the domain name the user connects to (e.g., “ftps.domain1.com” or “ftps.domain2.  com”).  This can be called “domain-based multi-tenancy”.   Alternatively, the organisation each user interacts with may be determined by the username or other authentication credentials provided by the user (e.g., everyone connects to “ftps.company.com” but “fred” goes into the “domain1” organisation while “betty” goes into the “domain2” organisation).  This can be called “username-based multi-tenancy”.

How Does MOVEit Transfer Support Multi-tenancy?

OVEit Transfer supports both domain-based and username-based multi-tenancy. To support domain-based multi-tenancy, MOVEit Transfer allows system administrators to set up additional listening ports with their own server certificates and provides a switch to allow multiple reuses of the same username on the MOVEit Transfer system. In domain-based multi-tenancy mode, MOVEit Transfer usernames are only unique within a particular organisation.  This means that a user named “fred” can exist in both the “domain1” and “domain2” organisations on the same MOVEit Transfer system.  However, it also means that if domain1’s “fred” tries to sign on to the “ftps.domain2.com” interface, domain1’s “fred” will not be allowed to sign on. To support username-based multi-tenancy, MOVEit Transfer allows system administrators to reuse a single FTP/S, SFTP and HTTP/S interface for all organisations and provides a switch to ensure that individual usernames are unique across an entire MOVEit Transfer system. In the MOVEit Transfer username-based multi-tenancy mode, a single username can only be associated with a single organisation.  This means that a user named “fred” can exist in the “domain1” and but not the “domain2” organisation.  However, it also means that if domain1’s “fred” tries to sign on to the “ftps.domain2.com” interface, domain1’s “fred” will be permitted to sign on. Both multi-tenancy modes require a MOVEit Transfer license that permits “additional organisations”.

How are “Additional Organizations” Licensed?

Every MOVEit Transfer license issued contains a maximum number of production organisations for an individual system.  The built-in, not-for-end-users “system organisation” is not counted against this maximum value. Also, the number of licensed “nodes” used in MOVEit Transfer Web Farm or Resiliency deployments is not related to the maximum number of production organisations.  For example, it is equally permissible to have a 5-organisation, single-node MOVEit Transfer or a 1-organisation, two-node MOVEit Transfer Web Farm. Most MOVEit Transfer systems have only one production organisation, but many have multiple production organisations.  Additional organisations are either licensed individually or in bundles that add the capacity for several new organisations at once.

Why Else Would I Want “Additional Organizations”?  (Why Wouldn’t I Use Groups Instead?)

The main reason administrators request additional organisations is to support segregated businesses, business units or departments.  The use of groups within a single organisation provides some overlapping benefits in this regard, but there are still some significant differences between organisations and groups.

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