Eshopbox selected Aayu Technologies LLC AS2 Gateway On-Premise solution as the AS2 solution for their E-commerce Management Platform. Aayu Technologies LLC overlooked the design, development and deployment phases while working closely with the Eshopbox team.
Eshopbox is an on-demand technology and services company on a mission to drive e-commerce for brands, and help
them provide a unique, brand-centric experience to their customers. They transform clients’ eCommerce vision to
splendid reality, from eCommerce Order Management to a fully integrated shop-to-ship solution or any a-la-carte
component in between – Eshopbox has the platform, services, and solutions to help brands build it, manage it and
profit. Their team is led by experts with a unique combination of skill sets including technology, ingenuity and
marketing. Till date, Eshopbox has managed 10 million units worth more than INR 1 billion across 1.5 million SKUs
listed on 20+ channels for more than 125 companies on a warehousing space of 150K square feet.
Eshopbox thrives to optimize & drive eCommerce life cycle for ambitious companies via their E-commerce Management
Platform. In this process, supporting secure AS2 based trading facilities was a must for Eshopbox. Thus they needed
an AS2 solution which can easily integrate with their E-commerce Management Platform while having the capacity to
handle thousands of transactions per day. Since Eshopbox platforms already work closely with Google Cloud
Infrastructure they wanted an AS2 solution which can be deployed on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Moreover,
Eshopbox wanted a decoupled mechanism which is similar to a queue based solution to make the AS2 solution work
with the Eshopbox backend systems. Further, Eshopbox required a user-friendly dashboard to monitor and administer
the AS2 transactions and integration messages.
Eshopbox selected Aayu Technologies LLC AS2 Gateway On-Premise solution as the AS2 solution for their E-commerce
Management Platform. Aayu Technologies LLC overlooked the design, development and deployment phases while working
closely with the Eshopbox team.
In the inbound AS2 message flow, AS2 messages are received over HTTPS by the AS2 Gateway On-Premise deployment and
a successful Message Disposition Notification (MDN) is sent back to the partner. Then the files received in the
message are uploaded to a specific bucket in Google Cloud Storage based on the timestamp and partner AS2 identifier
of the received message. Once the upload is successful, a JSON notification message is pushed to a Google Pub/Sub
topic (incoming notifications) with the information on the received AS2 message, including the AS2 identifier of
the local station for which the received message was intended, AS2 identifier of the partner, timestamp, names of
the files received via the AS2 message, and the Google Cloud Storage location where the received files were uploaded
to. The Eshopbox backend processing system listens to these incoming notifications and continues the rest of the
processing from there on.
In the outbound AS2 message flow, the Eshopbox backend processing system uploads the files to be sent to the Google
Cloud Storage, and then generates a JSON notification message similar to the incoming notification. It then
initiates the flow by pushing this notification into the Pub/Sub topic for outgoing messages. Once the notification
is pushed, AS2 Gateway, which is listening to the outgoing notifications topic via an event-driven push mechanism,
parses the notification message payload, and composes and sends out an AS2 message after downloading the files
from Cloud Storage.
In a solution which is integrated together with HTTP, there could be failures due to network delays and related
issues. Therefore it was imperative that the failures can be easily handled and re-processing can be initiated
with the administrative dashboard. Being a fully fledged AS2 messaging solution, the AS2 Gateway already had the
ability to handle the AS2 message flow and it also had an intuitive dashboard to manage AS2 related activities
such as listing and managing of messages, trading partners and certificates. In addition to that, the dashboard
also delivers the facility to monitor the transaction status of an AS2 message. In case of a failure in delivering
an AS2 message, AS2 Gateway detects the failure and automatically retries delivery up to a configurable number
of times. If all these automatic redelivery attempts have failed, a human intervention is required to manually
trigger the redelivery of a failed message via the AS2 Gateway dashboard. With the requirements that came up from
Eshopbox, the notification related flows and the administrative console related to notifications were custom-developed
providing the ability to list and monitor notification messages as well as to retry the notification processing.
Eshopbox’s AS2 Gateway deployment runs entirely on Google Cloud infrastructure. The AS2 Gateway server is deployed
on a GCP VM instance and the database runs on a Cloud SQL instance. This separation gives the deployment the ability
to scale-up the AS2 servers as per future needs. The front end is hosted on Google Firebase. Additionally, Google
Cloud Storage and Google Pub/Sub is used for file storage and notification propagation respectively, as described
earlier in the Solution section.
"Moving to Aayu Technologies LLC instead of the open source alternatives, didn't just speed up the integration lifecycle with our trading partners, but also made it more reliable and seamless. The Aayu Technologies LLC team has been really helpful and quick to respond to ensure successful implementation of the integration by deploying AS2server in our Google cloud platform account."