MOVEit DMZ from Ipswitch is a managed file transfer server that helps secure data in motion by encrypting various transfer protocols using industry standards. The server software typically is installed on a Windows server (2003 or 2008) located in the network DMZ to ensure proper security of egress and ingress file transfers. The software uses Microsoft SQL or MySQL as its database backend and is also available as a VMware instance supporting ESX and Hyper-V.

Installation was easy and straightforward. Because of the recommended architecture for how MOVEit DMZ should be deployed, the installation program comes with a few useful tools to help harden the DMZ server host. Getting the initial administrative duties out of the way was easy as well. During configuration, it is apparent that the product itself operates much like a web server. Users can set up and manage multiple organizations. Since they are all compartmentalized, administrators can have distinct rules and settings for each one. Ultimately, the solution allows admins to enforce how file transfers are handled, and it encrypts both the transmission and storage of the files to, from and on the server itself.

We were impressed with all the features. There are plenty of protocol support options available for FTPS, SFTP, HTTPS, SSL, SSH, EDIINT and FIPS 140-2. There are also built-in, browser-based APIs to allow for bulk file transfer via web browsers, and even a module to allow for ad hoc transfers via an email attachment using Microsoft Outlook.

From an administration perspective, there are many enterprise-class features available. Users can limit remote administration and incoming connections to particular network segments, as well as a full range of auditing and reporting for the solution.

Documentation is excellent. Ipswitch offers eight-hours-a-day/five-days-a-week phone and email support included in the cost of the first year licensing.