IBM Connect:Direct Servers and Clients

A IBM® Connect:Direct® client is used to communicate with a IBM Connect:Direct server regarding the work that will be performed. IBM Connect:Direct offers the following types of client interfaces: Web browser interface, graphical user interface (GUI), command line client (CLI), and panels.

Each data transfer involves a local and a remote IBM Connect:Direct server (also referred to as nodes). The two servers work together to perform the work in a peer-to-peer relationship. The server initiating the connection is the primary node (PNODE) for the connection, and the server receiving the connection is the secondary node (SNODE). A IBM Connect:Direct server can manage multiple concurrent connections with other IBM Connect:Direct servers and can act as both a PNODE and an SNODE.

The following figure shows the relationships between IBM Connect:Direct clients and servers during peer-to-peer sessions: