Managed File Transfer (MFT) vs. File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

September 9, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, FTP, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

The term “Managed File Transfer” (MFT) started to emerge in the mid 2000’s as a means to clearly distinguish between the 1980’s “File Transfer Protocol” (FTP) and the fresh approach companies were beginning to use to transfer data. As defined by Gartner, “Managed file transfer software and services enable users to manage and monitor file transfers within and between organizations.”  In this definition Gartner uses “manage” and “monitor” to highlight and explain the key differences between MFT and FTP. Manage – means to manage all file transfers using one interface (one place) across all business units, operations, systems, applications, partners, etc. Monitor – means to monitor all file transfers in one centralized location which in turn means better governance, compliance

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