File Transfer is the transmission of a file from one computer system to another. It can occur either locally or over a network connection. Files can be transmitted via email, instant messaging applications, file sharing systems that utilize a peer-to-peer server and even through USB pen drives or CDs. It is a common practice in computer networks to upload and download files to and from web servers, as well as within a company.
The time it takes to transfer a file is dependent on several factors, including the size of the file, the transmission speed of the interface, the amount of data being transferred at once and more. For example, transferring a large video file over the internet will require a higher transmission speed than transferring a document from a computer to another computer. This is why it is important to take these variables into account when calculating how long it will take to transfer a file.
File transfer speeds are becoming increasingly faster to support new business applications in areas like big data and the Internet of Things (IoT). This puts a premium on how fast and how much data can be transferred at once. This one-two punch of speed and data volume is creating a unique challenge for file transfer technologies.
A secure file transfer solution like IBM Aspera is designed to move large files, such as high-definition broadcast videos, over a wide area network (WAN). The patented fast and secure protocol technology delivers hundreds of times faster transmissions than FTP and HTTP, even when transmitting over a public internet connection. The software automatically adjusts to the transmission speed of your network so that you can maximize bandwidth and keep files moving without the need for manual configuration settings or relying on a third-party tool.
As file transfer becomes more and more complex, security measures must be taken into account in order to protect confidential information and ensure business operations are not disrupted. A centralized file transfer platform with integrated security features is critical to meeting these challenges.
Thru provides multi-protocol support for secure file transfer, including SFTP and FTPS. With a powerful, scalable and customizable architecture, it is able to handle the highest volumes of data while maintaining optimal performance. Its centralized management console provides complete visibility into all transactions and allows administrators to control the behavior of users, devices and servers. It also offers a number of advanced capabilities such as end-to-end encryption; tracking, logging and retention settings; and role-based access controls (RBAC) for API, application and system level users. This allows enterprises to meet a variety of regulatory compliance requirements, including SOX and HIPPA. Learn more about Thru’s robust security features by downloading our Whitepaper: Secure File Transfer: Meet the Requirements of Today’s Environment.