The Freemium Service Creeps into the Enterprise

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Business Applications, Enterprise, Managed File Transfer, Megaupload, Secure Platform | By

Feds Shutter Megaupload, Arrest Executives Megaupload was based on a consumerization model, aka freemium service. This is where a vendor supports “free” users, working to convert the “free” users into paying customers.  By offering a freemium model, the task of governing millions of users and what they upload & download is simply impossible, not to mention costly. What we have seen is that the easy accessibility of these types of services becomes very attractive to a large percentage of the population and will often creep into the corporate environment.  According to The Application Usage and Risk Report by Palo Alto Networks, which monitored a week’s worth of traffic at 1,636 medium to large size businesses around the world, Megaupload traffic

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Lotusphere 2012 – Great Geek Challenge

January 3, 2012 | Posted in Cloud, Geek Challenge, Lotus Notes, Lotusphere 2012 | By

At Lotusphere 2012, we are excited to sponsor the Nerd Girls’ Great Geek Challenge.  This year’s event promises to be another fun and challenging evening as both nerd girls and boys come out and test their knowledge while enjoying food and drinks.  There is no need to register, just show up at the Fountain Restaurant in the Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday, January 17th before 8PM to enter your name into the drawing for the $200 Amazon Gift Certificate and secure your seat at a geek table.  Our own nerd boy, John Herr (who spent New Year’s Eve watching a marathon of the Big Bang Theory), will be at the event representing Thru, Inc.  We look forward to seeing if he

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What’s Driving Companies to the Cloud?

December 29, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, Managed File Transfer, MFT, PaaS, Secure Platform | By

Earlier this year Bitcurrent–an analyst firm focusing on emerging technologies and how to put them to work–released a survey which provides some insight into why companies (of various sizes) are adopting the cloud.  The survey was not comprehensive, but provides some interesting points and coincides with what Thru, Inc. is seeing with regards to why organizations are moving their electronic file management and file transfers to the cloud. In the managed file transfer market (closely aligned to the survey) Thru is seeing that most of the companies we engage with are moving to the cloud because of its elasticity, quick deployment time, and lower costs.   Furthermore, we are seeing that companies with globally dispersed teams and worldwide partners are adopting

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Thru’s MFT – Built on Key Features

December 12, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, Large File Transfers, Managed File Transfer, MFT, Secure Platform | By

I keep reading about managed file transfer (MFT) vendors adding new features–the latest ones include:  antivirus, the ability for customers to upload/download over 2 gigabytes from any Web browser, analytics with reporting, and better security.  Several claim to be the first to introduce these features, but Thru’s cloud-based MFT solution, for the enterprise, was built on these features ten years ago. Take antivirus, Thru has been using Symantec for years to secure files sent and received by anyone using the Thru Cloud (incidentally, it is a “true Cloud” solution). Thru can also plug-in to any antivirus solution, by the request of a customer, it is part of the design. 2GB upload and download in the browser, not a problem.  Thru has been doing this for

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Gartner AADI 2011 – Where Clients Woke up to the Benefits of the Cloud

December 7, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

Having participated in several Gartner conferences over the years, as a Gartner Analyst covering Managed File Transfer (MFT), I am very familiar with Gartner research and trends. While working for Gartner I have seen the Cloud evolve from a curious little topic, covered by a handful of analysts, to a fully-recognizable and viable global resolution included by all analysts in their research agenda. However, in the years from inception, one trend has always remained: skeptics among the audience, regardless of what analysts and the industry are saying. Having jumped to the dark side (the “official” jargon used for anyone from Gartner moving to the vendor side), I found myself in a situation where I knew “everyone” attending the event, but

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Businesses are Embracing Cloud Computing

November 22, 2011 | Posted in Business Applications, Cloud, Content Delivery, File Management | By

More and more businesses are embracing cloud computing as a way to enhance their business processes, reduce time to revenue, and deliver new services more effectively. Business users are adopting the cloud 4 to 5 times faster than their IT departments – in a survey conducted by Avanade earlier this year, of 573 C-level executive and business unit leader respondents, 20% said they had actually gone around their IT department to provision cloud services. In addition, 61% said it was easier to provision the services themselves, and 50% said it takes too long to go through IT. KPMG also conducted a survey in which 80 percent of respondents said the switch to Cloud was driven by efforts to improve processes,

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Gartner AADI Summit is this Month

November 4, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, File Management, Managed File Transfer, PaaS, Secure Platform | By

We are excited about this year’s Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration (AADI) Summit in Las Vegas, November 29-December 2. Gartner says, “This Summit delivers on today’s key applications issues—from understanding the real business value of cloud computing and learning when, why and how to adopt cloud and agile methods, to making your SOA application development more productive, dynamic and simple.” We’re looking forward to some of the discussions we’ll have on why organizations are moving many of their business processes to the cloud:  financial statement delivery, electronic software distribution, project management, and patent processing.  We welcome the opportunity to confer on the advantages of a cloud-based managed file transfer solution.  Thru, Inc. will be in booth #NN at the

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More Trends in the Managed File Transfer Market

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, FTP, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

In this second video, Lee Harrison and Thomas Skybakmoen, from Thru, Inc., discuss trends in the managed file transfer market, the drivers behind these, and what they see for 2012. While FTP replacement has been one of the key trends, there are three additional trends that have caught our attention. Consolidation Cloud Compliance

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FTP Migration – A Key Trend in the Managed File Transfer Market Today

October 14, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, FTP, Managed File Transfer | By

The explosion of files and file-sizes that need to be transferred is ever increasing. This upsurge is forcing organizations to take a step back and evaluate how they are handling today’s digital data.  This is just one of the factors driving a multitude of organizations away from FTP (FTP Migration). Other factors include:  scheduling, security, monitoring for audit-ability, plus scripting and exception handling. In this first video, of a series that Thru will be presenting over the next six months, Lee Harrison and Thomas Skybakmoen, from Thru, Inc., discuss why FTP Migration to cloud-based managed file transfer solutions is occuring, and what technological advancements have been made in the past months that have lead more companies to the cloud. Find out how Thru’s

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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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