Taming the Transfer of Monster-Sized Files

Your files are bigger than ever, but good old FTP doesn't cut it. No wonder the market for software and services for managing the transfer of large data files between a company and its data center or partners should surpass $500 million this year.

By Robert Lemos
Fri, January 08, 2010
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"There are a huge number of batch-oriented processes that are going on," Fleming says. "CIOs have to ask, how often do we update and how often do we synchronize the data we have in the cloud with what we have in our data center."

Finding transfer failures becomes very important to operating smoothly, says Sterling Commerce's McKinney.

"Most people don't realize the value of 'managed' in managed file transfer," he says. "If you have a batch process that kicks off every night to the data center, when would you like to know that you had a problem with a transfer from one of your stores? At 12 o'clock when you start trying to use that data? No. If this transfer hasn't started by 11:05, you want to get someone in there to fix it."

Managed file transfer solutions offer not only assurances that transfers complete, but more security for the data in transit and better auditing capabilities to satisfy regulations, such as the Health Information Protection and Privacy Act (HIPAA) and Graham-Leach-Bliley (GLB).

Collaboration and Partner Pluses

In addition, companies looking at increased collaboration with partners will want assurances that only authorized people can view certain data and services, says Sam Morris, product marketing manager for Attachmate.

"In the majority of conversations we are having with customers, they are looking for ways to enable the immediate exchange of information between themselves and their partners and customers," Morris says.

Companies that find themselves increasingly dealing with global partners, moving away from physical media and worried about security breaches could benefit from looking at managed file transfer solutions, Morris says.

"Just the ability to know that a file transfer has completed and completed with integrity is something that most companies want," he says.

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