Cloud Computing: Managing File Transfers in the Cloud: 10 Points to Demystify the Process
Confusion, Vagueness Surround MFT in the Cloud
Companies and vendors alike are in a quandary when it comes to defining exactly what constitutes MFT in the cloud. This vagueness is particularly apparent when an organization issues a RFP that includes an MFT component and the vendor struggles to determine if that requirement is within its expertise. Such confusion further hinders companies that are considering moving business-to-business processes to the cloud or that are comparing multiple cloud service providers when a component of the outsourced process requires MFT.
Managed file transfer is a well-accepted way for organizations to share business files point-to-point, quickly, reliably and securely. This is a subject that requires attention, especially when it comes to thorny issues, such as enterprise security and compliance. MFT uses different types of applications to securely transfer data from one computer to another. This small but important area of IT management earned attention in recent years after IBM bought Sterling Commerce for more than a $1 billion, and MFT specialist Ipswitch merged with Message Way. Over the years, despite having lost a bit of its novel cachet, MFT is as effective as ever. But now, due to greater demands for the secure transfer of data through cloud systems, MFT is being refreshed as it morphs and expands to play a critical role in moving large data sets (the so-called big data)as well as traditional business filesthrough the cloud. Here, eWEEK offers some key data points about MFT, the cloud, and big data. Our expert source is Robert Fox, director of B2B/EAI Software Development at Liaison Technologies in Alpharetta, Ga. Liaison Technologies cleanses and validates business data for master data management purposes and securely integrates and manages complex business information on-premise or in the cloud.