AS2 Gateway published its latest version 2.1.4 to SaaS, just last week. We are thrilled to share a gist of its new features, that you get to enjoy right away, on our AS2 platform25 Mar 2022
In addition to common actions like deleting and marking-as-read, you can now run the following actions for multiple messages (selected on the Messages list-view) at once:
Message-IDof their owning AS2 message; handy if you want to download a bunch of messages for backup/archival, or to resubmit a batch of files to your processing systems. (Check this reference for more details on the zipfile format.)
We will soon be adding more batch actions, like the ability to export a details summary (e.g. sent/received time, message ID and filenames) of a bunch of messages in common formats like CSV or JSON - so stay tuned!
Now you can pause and resume outgoing messages to any of your partners, whenever you choose. This would be useful if your partner has taken their endpoint offline due to maintenance or an issue/attack, but you are not able to stop your own systems or workflows from submitting outgoing files to AS2 Gateway.
When traffic is paused, AS2 Gateway will continue to accept any newly submitted messages for that partner - but rather than being queued for immediate sending, they will automatically be placed under your Stopped messages box. You can still manually trigger any of these messages from the stopped list, at your discretion; for example, to test if the partner endpoint has resumed working.
When resuming traffic, AS2 Gateway gives you an option to immediately resume sending of all currently stopped messages; to save you the trouble of manually retry. Similarly with the pause action, you can choose to immediately pause any messages that are in queue or being retried at that moment.
We are also working on providing a similar feature for incoming messages as well; for example, if your order processing system is broken and you would like to temporarily stop accepting messages from your partner until you get the issue fixed, you can simply toggle a switch - and AS2 Gateway will reject any incoming messages from your partner, with an appropriate error code to indicate a temporary unavailability. As mandated by the AS2 protocol, your partner will treat the transmission as a failure, and either keep on retrying, usually with increasing back-off delays - or mark the transaction as a failure on their end, for later resolution.
Our long-term goal is to combine this with scheduling, so that you can configure downtimes for your partner endpoint in advance - such as when your partner informs you about an upcoming maintenance window. If it sounds interesting, drop us a line so we can move it higher in our priority list!
We have a bunch of other miscellaneous enhancements in 2.1.4, including:
As always, we love your feedback; if you notice any issues or have something on mind - a complaint, a doubtful feature action, or a cool idea - we are listening.
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