All SIF Agents, including XVault, connect to a SIF Zone Integration Server; in live environments this is an SSL connection. A Zone Integration Server (ZIS) partitions school data sources into multiple SIF Zones –each Zone being isolated. A single school SIF Agent connects to each zone and XVault connects to all Zones it has been configured with.
Each Agent in each Zone is allowed to request certain SIF Data Objects; this enforces the collection of data to only those objects supported by data agreement. This configuration denies any data objects configured for collection in the XVault collection template that are not allowed by the Zone, providing an additional tier of data access control and highlighting any requests for data that are outside of the SIF Data Objects permitted.