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Holodeck B2B 2.1 now available

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Today we’ve released a major update for our popular open source AS4 messaging software, Holodeck B2B 2.1. We’ve added some important new functionality, fixed several bugs and made some general code improvements.

New features

The most important new features of Holodeck B2B 2.1 are:

    • Multi-hop messaging, where a message passes through multiple intermediaries to reach it’s destination but still maintains end-to-end security
    • Messages without attachments sent as single part messages and not SOAP with attachments
    • Trust store to hold the certificates of trusted Certificate Authorities
    • Event framework to enable additional notification to external components
    • Automatic message purging cleans up all meta data (including payload data for User Messages) after a configurable number of days
    • Flexible configuration of pulling, giving the option to build your own policies
    • All received ebMS error signals are logged, even if they can’t be processed or are not for Holodeck B2B

e-SENS and EESSI compliant

Holodeck B2B 2.1 is again fully AS4, ENTSOG and e-SENS compliant, having passed the eSENS compliancy test. And with the introduction of Multi-hop messaging, it now also EESSI compliant. It has been interoperability tested with various other AS4 open source and commercial products including .Net implementations.

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Get the latest version now from the Download page.

Support and consultancy

If you are looking for support for your Holodeck B2B AS4 gateway, or would like advice on how Holodeck B2B can be used with your current business software, feel free to contact us at info@Chasquis-Consulting.com

Holodeck B2B 2.0 released

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Big news – we’re out of beta!

The completely rewritten Holodeck B2B 2.0 has full support for all AS4 features, including

  • One-Way/Push and One-Way/Pull message exchange patterns
  • AS4 Compression feature
  • Message delivery configuration in P-Mode with support for specific delivery options for receipt and errors
  • Option to include refToMessageId in a user message to enable easy reference of related messages
  • Generic P-Modes. Only define the parameters common to a set of messages in the P-Mode and supply the remaining details when the message is sent
  • Message authorization
  • Non-repudiation of receipt
  • Multiple submitters
  • Multiple receivers
  • Signing and encrypting the message using WS-Security
  • Large messages

and also offers improved logging and lots of documentation, both in the code and online.
Holodeck is fast, light weight, stand-alone and as it is Java based it runs on most platforms.

Interfaces for easy extensibility

To improve extensiblity, Holodeck B2B has been split into 2 parts: Core and Interfaces, both with their own license. Core code is GPLv3 but the Interfaces are LGPLv3, making it possible to connect Holodeck to your own system, even if that is not open-source software.

Versatile and fully AS4 and e-SENS compliant

Holodeck B2B 2.0 is not only fully AS4 compliant, it has also passed the e-SENS conformance and interoperability tests. It can be used as the e-Delivery building block in e-SENS, in CEF projects and any project using the ENTSOG / e-SENS AS4 profile. As Holodeck B2B has full support for AS4 it can also be used for STP and Superstream gateways.

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Download the latest distribution, or take a look at the sources in the repository.

Meet us at CeBIT!

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CeBIT, the largest and most internationally represented IT fair in the world, will take place between 14th and 18th March 2016 in Hannover (Germany).

The European project e-SENS together with CEF and e-CODEX have a booth showing Digital Public Services Across Borders.
Among the topics presented will be
– IT solutions addressing the problems of compliance with EU legislation
– Interoperability achieved in various policy domains

Furthermore, e-SENS will demonstrate the interoperability of the e-Delivery solutions of different vendors that comply to the ebMS3/AS4 profile.
Holodeck B2B is one of the solutions presented. Having passed the e-SENS interoperability and conformance tests, Holodeck B2B is ready for use in all e-Delivery projects.

Part of the Holodeck B2B team will be at Cebit on friday march 18th. Hall 7, stand 39. Come and say hello!

e-SENS interoperability tests succesful

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During the summer of 2015 we participated in the interoperability tests for the EU e-SENS program. We ran tests against AS4 implementations by IBM, Flame, Axway and Domibus. Holodeck B2B completed all succesfully.
During the tests, Holodeck B2B showed that it supports all features of the e-SENS AS4 profile, including the AES-128 GCM encryption algorithm.

Features tested included:

  • AS4 reception awareness
  • Non-repudiation of receipt
  • Signing
  • Encryption using the AES-128 GCM algorithm
  • AS4 compression

Holodeck B2B and AS4 proved capable of processing large files up tot 2GB. Further tests of sending large files are planned for later this year.
If you would like to run tests yourself, you can request the release candidate of Holodeck B2B.

Holodeck B2B 2, beta 3 featuring AS4 security

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The latest beta of the Holodeck B2B AS4 message service handler is now available on request. Most important new features are encryption and signing based on WS-Security, making Holodeck B2B now fully AS4 compliant.

Encryption

Holodeck B2B supports end-to-end message encryption in a point to point exchange. The Holodeck B2B security module uses your system’s default crypto provider to encrypt the message. By changing the crypto engine you can configure the supported algorithms.

Signing

With signing of messages implemented, Holodeck B2B now offers

  • Authorization of pull requests based on the X.509 certificate.
  • Authentication of push and pull messages including non-repudiation receipts.

Compliancy

The AS4 specification defines three conformance profiles: ebHandler, Light and Minimal Client. Holodeck B2B complies with all three. We have a full overview under the Detailed feature list.

With the addition of message authentication and encryption the Holodeck B2B open source messaging solution is ready to support Superstream and Entsog AS4 profiles.

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Beta 3 is available on request.
We’d like to know more about why you are considering using Holodeck B2B. Which features are most important to you, looking at the current features as well as things you’d like to see in Holodeck B2B in the future?
If you would like to try the new version, please contact us using the form below.

*edit: As Holodeck B2B 2.0 is out of beta per april 2016, you can find the latest version on the Download page.*

Beta 2.2 is out – and we’ve moved!

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Today we released Holodeck B2B 2.0 beta 2.2. This version includes a fix to prevent duplicate Content-id’s for the MIME parts included in the message.

And there’s more news. A few weeks ago, we moved the project from Sourceforge to Github! Among other advantages, Github makes it a lot easier for others to contribute to Holodeck B2B. The old project account on Sourceforge will no longer be updated.

You will find the newest version on the Download page.