All I Want for Christmas: A File-Transfer Wish List

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-12-23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    All I Want for Christmas: A File-Transfer Wish List

    Here's a holiday wish list for what IT professionals are longing for when it comes to secure, timely file transfers to colleagues or customers.
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    The Latest and Greatest

    File-transfer solutions shouldn't just be different systems cobbled together—they should be functional, easy to use and have a clean user interface. The commonly used FTP protocol was originally written in the 1970s, when companies didn't widely rely on technology or even computers. With virtually no user-experience design built into FTP, it's time to upgrade to a new "toy"—a next-generation file-transfer solution.
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    Wrapped Up With a Bow

    To better serve customers with big data projects, cloud vendors partner with companies that specialize in SaaS large file-transfer technology. Because these SaaS solutions integrate with several major cloud vendors, a single subscription gives customers the flexibility to easily manage and switch between different cloud environments—an added gift to users hoping to avoid being locked in with a single cloud storage vendor.
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    Silent Night

    When collaborating across time zones, you may wait up into the night making sure an important file transfers without being interrupted. Being able to hit send and know that the solution you're using will work so you can turn your attention to other tasks may feel like a holiday miracle, but it's possible with file-transfer solutions.
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    Naughty or Nice

    Making sure you have a secure file-transfer solution is also very important. The perfect tool has integrated layers of defense such as requiring the user to log in with password credentials. Some tools allow anyone to use them and begin transferring, but using a tool that has the added certainty of certificate-based authentication, including a configurable expiration cycle that requires users to change passwords periodically and minimum password strength validation, will keep your information from falling into the hands of someone on Santa's "naughty list."
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    Ghost of Files Past

    With most standard file-transfer technology, email notifications aren't built-in. So how do you know if your file made it to its correct end point? Modern SaaS file-transfer solutions have automatic email notifications that let you know when your file transfer has been completed, so you can sleep easy, without being woken up by a ghost reminding you of past file-transfer mishaps.
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    Faster Than Santa's Sleigh

    Sending a large file can be nerve-racking if you're using an outdated solution. You're not only worried about how long it will take to reach its destination; you're worried if it will ever get there. Modern SaaS solutions not only ensure even the largest files reach their destination; they can send them up to 200 times faster than FTP and other standard methods.
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    Working as Hard as Santa's Elves

    With business activity happening around the globe 24/7, professionals need information as quickly as they can—if not in real-time—to effectively collaborate. Having a file-transfer solution that works as hard as you do ensures your team can quickly and securely import, export and send data assets into and out of the cloud as well as to and from team members anywhere they may be—even the North Pole.
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    As Big as the Rockefeller Center Tree

    Video file sizes have grown exponentially over the past decade, in step with imaging technology advancing from SD to HD to 2K to 4K. And in 2015, even 8K made a debut several times in professional sports broadcasting. Handing files as massive as the Rockefeller Center Tree is a regular challenge for media professionals. They need a solution that can move hundreds of gigs without slowing down or failing.
 

In today's hyper-connected world, business activity doesn't happen in just one place. Colleagues collaborate across cities, states and even oceans, with data living both in the cloud and on-premises needing to be moved for all kinds of projects. Much of this data is extremely personal and time-sensitive, such as the final cut of a major motion picture. However, transferring these files to colleagues or customers (or into and out of cloud storage) in a secure and timely manner continues to be a challenge for many organizations. They're seeking a way to move their data quickly, easily and securely. With modern software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology, transferring big data to the cloud is easier, more secure and more affordable than ever. Signiant, a pioneer in developing SaaS solutions for accelerated large file transfers, wishes enterprises a happy holiday file-transfer season. Based on interviews with Signiant, eWEEK shares a holiday wish list of what these IT professionals are longing for regarding file transfers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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