Free managed file transfer software: Is open source really an option?
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve spoken with a number of companies who’ve wanted to implement a managed file transfer solution but haven’t had the budget to implement something from one of our vendors. With more than a couple of these companies I was asked the question – do you know of any free managed file transfer solutions, you know something open source, something we can deploy on Linux?
Given that our business focuses on selling file transfer technologies and ‘free’ doesn’t quite pay the bills, I was somewhat surprised to be asked this question. However, as I’m a bit of a file transfer geek I had in fact researched this in the past I knew that there were not – the best I could find was a couple of Sourceforge FTP server projects.
I completely understand a company wanting to keep the cost of their technologies down, preferring to deploy on a Linux platform. We’re no different and
run a number of our mission critical systems on various flavours of Linux and have been deploying Linux solutions for about 8 years now. There are several vendors with great technologies which can be deployed on Linux – Linoma and Axway and a quick look at the price tag would confirm that these solutions certainly aren’t open source.
It got me thinking whether the open source route was something which could be explored in the same way other technologies have, but I concluded that we’ve got enough on our plate at the moment servicing the needs of our existing clients and those willing to pay for software. Whilst open source works in some aspects of business, companies needing to move mission critical data want a structured development roadmap and enterprise level support too.