File transfer requirements are diversifying at a rate of knots with more products available than I care to count, but for me there are three distinct types of file transfer solutions I believe the majority of the larger corporate and blue chip customers are interested in. These are;
Enterprise File Transfer – making use of email to deliver a message to the end user that provides them with instructions on how to download the files(s) with the added functionality of tracking and reporting. This method is great for the ad-hoc user, requiring little to no training.
Managed File Transfer – relates to the secure delivery of files, in many cases making use of secure FTP based protocols also providing additional functionality such as reporting and monitoring. These solutions are generally embedded processes that are not seen by the users and underpin internal/external business processes.
Fast File Transfer – with businesses needing to shift large volumes of data over increasing distances across the WAN or Internet traditional delivery protocols such as FTP have been superseded with UDP based delivery solutions, which have the ability to send files significantly faster. With the cost of Internet connectivity as it is, WAN acceleration technologies are becoming more frequently used to maximise the throughput over those connections.
I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has any suggestions for areas that we may have missed, specifically if you’re a vendor of the solution and are looking for representation in the UK.