MFT: SOA integration by Nicolas Fonnegra

 

    MFT (Managed File Transfer) is a new component introduced with the release of Oracle FMW 12c. Oracle MFT provides several mechanisms to transmit files, including very big ones, in a managed way; transfers can be monitored, paused and resubmitted. One of the many advantages of Oracle MFT is the ability it offers to provide and consume services from other FMW components. In the following example we are going to demonstrate how to integrate MFT with a SCA composite.

    Scenario

    This scenario will simulate the transfer of a consolidated report from a company’s headquarters into several of its regional offices. But before the transfer gets executed, it will have to be approved by a reviewer.

    For this implementation we will need two MFT transfers, one for sending the file from the headquarters to the SCA composite and another to send the file to the respective regional offices. In the middle the SCA composite will be in charge of interconnecting both transfers and the approval process. The following diagram shows the scenario.

    clip_image002MFT Scenario

    A MFT process consists of one or more sources, one or more targets and one transfer that interconnects the sources with the targets. This scenario will need the following elements:

    • Two MFT sources. One will use a file channel to obtain the report and the other one will receive the report from the SCA composite.

    • Four MFT targets: one for sending the report to the SCA composite and one for each of the regional offices (three in total).

    • Two transfers: one for sending the report the SCA target and another one for ending the report to the regional offices target.

    • An SCA composite that will have a Human Task for the approval process and will use the MFT adapters to receive and send the reports.

      • MFT Sources

        MFT comes with a web interface that allows the definition and management of sources, transfers and targets. The MFT console can be reached in the following url: http://<host&gt;:<port>/mftconsole/faces/login, where the host and the port are the ones from the managed server where MFT is installed.

        The MFT console has three different views, the design view for the definition of sources targets and transfers, the monitoring view for managing and tracking the current instances and the administrative view for configuring MFT.

        To create a new source, go to design mode and then select the sources item. Then click on the green ‘+’ to create a new source. Read the complete article here.

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      About Jürgen Kress
      As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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