What's new in Interchange 5.12

Axway Interchange 5.12 introduces the following new features and functional improvements.

Product enhancements

The following product changes have been made:

What's new Description
New Functionality
Support for POP3S and SMTPS

From version 5.12 SP4, Interchange now supports TLS over SMTP and POP3 protocols. Users can select either old external connections using non-TLS protocols or configure new connections towards an external TLS email server.

Single Sign On

From version 5.12 SP4, Interchange supports Single Sign On in networks with SAML-based identity provider servers. Users are now able to connect to Interchange without having the need to login to the application when using it from a client computer on which they have been previously identified as a valid domain user. The SSO authentication is based on the SAML open-standard data format for exchanging authentication. Note that when using SSO authentication, Interchange users are no longer administrated through the application but user-roles mapping is still managed inside Interchange.

See Single Sign-On.

Platform updates

Operating systems (All 64-bit):

  • Windows 7, 10, and 2012
  • RHEL 7
  • AIX 7

Java: JRE 7

Security: TLS 1.2

See the Interchange Installation Guide for a full overview of supported platforms.

Admin user password change requirement To enhance product security, when logging into the Interchange user interface for the first time as the admin user, the interface requires you to change the default admin password.

Acceptance of email sender by domain

Email pickups now include an option for accepting inbound email from a POP3 server based on server domain. Wild card characters are supported for defining groups of accepted email sending addresses.

See:

Swagger automatic deployment Swagger is automatically deployed by the installer to provide a user-friendly interface for REST API operations.

Web Services

SOAP header metadata

You can now configure Interchange to generate metadata attributes from the SOAP headers of inbound Web Services messages. The metadata can be used in ways similar to other Interchange-handled metadata.

Sequential delivery Guarantees the delivery order of distributed messages. The new capability ensures the messages are delivered in a first-in first-out (FIFO) order. For example, this makes certain that a Purchase Order message and an Order Update message are delivered sequentially. This promotes productive and efficient supply chain relationships.
Security governance

Enhanced fine-grained roles and access controls ensure a comprehensive approach to user level permissions and restrictions. Complete support for encryption and TLS/SSL is supported throughout the product, as well as password credential encryption.

FTP message processing can now be set to the order of oldest to newest

FTP external pickup configuration now enables you to use the consumption order (consumption timestamp) to determine the message processing order.

See Modify an FTP (external) pickup or delivery.

New database / version support

Interchange now supports:

  • DB2 10.5
  • The use of DB2 HADR in cluster environments.
  • Oracle 12c

See "Set up DB2 database" or "Set up Oracle database" in the Interchange Installation Guide .

Audit logging of changes made in the user interface

You can now generate CVS and XML formatted logs of the changes that users perform in the user interface.

See Create audit files of UI object changes.

Enhanced system throttling of message processing on Interchange nodes

The system throttle can now be manually engaged to enable the system to complete the processing of all currently active messages.

See Manage the system throttle.

Enhanced communication adapters

Communication adapter enhancements have been made to multiple communication protocols including:

  • APOP (Email)
  • MQ (V8/SSL, Multi-Instance)
  • FTP (SAPPEND/SUNIQUE)
  • PeSIT
  • SMTP (New sender validation allows broader range of sender email addresses)
  • Staged HTTP (Updated OS and JRE support)
  • FTP/SFTP (Embedded servers upgraded to create events when files are downloaded)
Visibility - Sentinel performance and exchange monitoring
  • More detailed reporting to Sentinel
  • Heartbeat information from Interchange
  • Improved installation and configuration, including configuration of the backup Sentinel server for notifications
  • Sentinel server connection configuration from the Interchange user interface
  • Sentinel tracking of WebTrader events - Sentinel now collects information about WebTrader user and administrator actions
  • Sentinel Tracked Object evolutions - The number of events reported by the Sentinel Tracked Object for Interchange has been reduced to limit processing load.

See Sentinel.

Sentinel tracking of FTP/SFTP customer download events

When a remote partner accesses the embedded FTP/SFTP server to download a file, Interchange now generates and sends an event to Sentinel that indicates one of the following new STATES:

  • Downloading
  • Downloaded
  • Interrupted
  • Removed

Additional message standards and protocols

New standards support for retail value chain, healthcare, and financial have been added for:

  • MLLP
  • AS4
AS4 support

Interchange provides support for AS4 message trading with remote partners. This includes support for:

  • One-way message push exchanges
  • One-way message pull exchanges
  • Server-mode AS4 message queuing
  • Client-mode polling of remote AS4 server queues
  • Large message splitting and joining
  • Duplicate message detection
  • Message retry and resending
  • UserNameToken and X509 user authentication

See AS4. See the "AS4" section of the "Work with protocols, formats, and standards" chapter in the Interchange Administrator Guide .

User interface enhancements
  • Enhanced search tools including more granularity for searches of unpackaged protocols
  • Improved display controls - Pagination / scalability for displays of thousands of configuration objects
  • Updated navigation and help links
  • Permission-driven control of users' rights to change/delete all objects
  • Flexible trading partner management, with user-defined attributes
Security improvements
  • Access control enhancements - More permissions, controls, and restrictions
  • Broader support for encryption and TLS/SSL everywhere
  • Broader configuration of encryption on partner and transaction type levels
  • PGP enhancements
WebSphere MQ 8.x support

Interchange now provides JARs in support of WebSphere MQ 8.x.

REST APIs

APIs now support a Representational State Transfer (REST) model for accessing processing resources. See the Interchange Developer Guide for more information.

CRL retrieval using HTTPS URLs

You can now configure automated CRL checking and downloading using HTTPS URLs, in addition to the HTTP and LDAP URLs that were already supported.

Axway DB 4.6.0 support

Interchange now supports the use of Axway Database 4.6.0. To use this database, it must be installed using the dedicated Axway Database Installer.

See "Set up Axway Database" in the Interchange Installation Guide .

Platforms

Interchange 5.12 is only supported on Windows, Linux, and AIX. See the Interchange Installation Guide for more details.

32-bit support

From this release, Interchange is installed only in 64-bit mode.

EBICS

Interchange 5.12 does not support EBICS.

ePedigree

ePedigree is not embedded in Interchange 5.12.

Transaction Director

As of this release, Transaction Director is no longer delivered. End-to-end visibility is now provided by Sentinel.

Synchrony Database 4.4

Synchrony Database 4.4.0 is not supported with Interchange 5.12. Users must upgrade to Axway Database 4.6.0.

Persistable event queue

The persistable event queue for Sentinel is no longer supported.

Anonymous user

The anonymous user feature is no longer supported. Instead, a default remote user is included with the deployment.

Documentation enhancements

This release of Interchange includes the following documentation changes:

  • The documentation set for Interchange has been reorganized and a new standalone installation guide was created.
  • Accessibility features, such as alternative tags for images, have been added to each document, as well as a new Accessibility chapter.

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