A community is required to create a partner. The community must exist before the partner is created. Integration Architects manage communities.
A community represents a way to organize partners for purposes of onboarding. In IBM® Sterling File Gateway, communities are used to limit or widen the selection of protocols available when creating partners. They are also used to enable listening or initiating modes of connection. For example, you may have the following community categories:
- FTP only
- SFTP only
- HTTP only
- IBM Sterling Connect:Direct® only
- Listening only
- Initiating only
Partner groups are another way of organizing Partners.