In IT, the word gateway refers to a component (hardware and/or software) that establishes a connection between two systems.
This definition describes the functionality of our system very well. //SEIBERT/MEDIA uses the gateway service "Firescope" for Linchpin Mobile: It establishes a connection between two systems. In this case, the connection is established between a Confluence instance (system 1) and a mobile device (system 2), thus enabling communication between the two systems.
A gateway routes traffic from inside a network to the internet - similar to a proxy. There are some differences between a gateway and a proxy though:
A proxy server that does not do any filtering is like a gateway, simply passing on requests from the computer to the internet. A proxy server, however, is a more powerful networking component that can act as a gateway while also protecting the network from outside threats. A gateway always risks exposing an internal network to the internet because it does no filtering. It merely routes information from within the network to the outside. (source)
Once you have installed Linchpin Mobile in your Confluence instance you can select the Linchpin Mobile Gateway hosted by //SEIBERT/MEDIA in the cloud. Just connect your Confluence instance with a few clicks and you're ready to go. And don't worry about security - all communication routed trough the Gateway is end-to-end-encrypted and thus cannot be accessed by any third party.
If your company needs a service like the Linchpin Mobile Gateway to host on-site, this is the solution. We provide the Linchpin Mobile Gateway as a Docker container that can be installed in your infrastructure (e.g. in the DMZ) or as virtual appliance so that you have complete control over it. As with the option hosted in the cloud, all traffic is end-to-end encrypted.