Global eXchange Services (GXS), the real-time B2B e-commerce trading network, has unveiled an improved back-up facility within its AS2-based trading system.
The AS2 e-trading standard allows businesses to connect to EDI-based systems using the web http protocol.
GXS operates a secure global network for B2B commerce. It has around 30,000 users including Royal Mail, Kodak, Honda, Dixons, Ocado, Pfizer, FedEx and DaimlerChrysler.
The exchange has now launched its AS2 Contingency Service, which provides backup communication capabilities for those companies that communicate with the GXS Trading Grid via AS2.
The new service from GXS enables companies to re-route and access business-critical documents via alternate connections if the AS2 connection is temporarily unavailable due to AS2 server problems at the customer site.
GXS said industry-wide AS2-based traffic volumes have doubled in the past 12 months.