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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PaaS and the Future

August 12, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, Managed File Transfer, MFT, PaaS | By

In an article in Cloud Computing Journal, PaaS is once again highlighted as the future of the enterprise market. The article Cloud Computing: AppFog Gets $8 Million states that “Industry analysts have told the start-up and its backers that Platform-as-a-Service is beginning to eclipse bare bones Infrastructure-as-Service (IaaS) and should be in for ‘big growth,’ especially in the enterprise market.” Why is this the case? PaaS can be compared to Lego blocks. As with Lego, PaaS is built using one platform, where only one “product” exists. PaaS may come in different colors, sizes and shapes, but all product enhancements, such as updates, security and new features, is all fed back into one code base, thus everything benefits all customers. Lego

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A Note on Cloudwashing

August 5, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, Managed File Transfer, PaaS | By

There is a lot of Cloudwashing taking place in the industry today where more established ‘legacy’ vendors are simply rebranding or repackaging existing products and not fulfilling the real potential of Cloud Computing. They often host their products in Cloud environments so they can market their solutions in the “Cloud” category, but at the end of the day it’s still one instance of software and they can’t offer elasticity, horizontal scalability or multitenancy of “true Cloud” based solution. To understand some of the key differences between the “true Cloud”, and the on-premises software model, companies need to focus on three components: cost, procurement/deployment cycle and expertise: Cost – A “true Cloud” solution is less expensive in terms of server-to-server comparisons

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Integrated Project Delivery Made Easy with Cloud-based MFT

July 13, 2011 | Posted in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, Cloud, MFT, Project Management | By

The AEC industry is going through phenomenal changes as it positions itself to use electronic technology as a core corporate strategy for tomorrow’s business models. Ready access to information is the key driver pushing the AEC industry into a digital world. Architects have found that the ability to provide timely exchange, and the review and approval of critical project data is a vital component of the project workflow and project success. It is not surprising that many AEC organizations are turning to virtual file systems to ensure their project files are tracked, secured, versioned, updated and synchronized across all members of the project team and the around the world. Before turning to the cloud as a platform to exchange and

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HKS Builds Cowboys Stadium with Thru

July 8, 2011 | Posted in File Management, Secure Platform | By

Probably the most prominent sports stadium that has been designed within the last decade, HKS has built the Dallas Cowboys Stadium which really replicates and accentuates the brand of the Dallas Cowboys. HKS Sports and Entertainment Group set-up a system to protect the integrity and the security of all the raw documents that were produced in building the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.  With multiple partners spread out through the world, HKS turned to Thru, Inc. to set up a secure platform that allowed them to share information and documents with all their partners. In this video HKS Architect, Mark Williams, discusses how his team utilized Thru to successfully distribute and receive information with its global partners.

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Seeing the Light: Thru’s Exchange Solution

June 29, 2011 | Posted in Large File Transfers | By

Recently an IT Service Provider, Silverdog Communications, LLC, brought to light yet another interesting reason for adopting Thru, Inc. This provider’s customers include small to mid-sized financial firms that do not have IT resources on staff.  It turns out that the Thru service is a more cost-effective way to enhance Exchange 2003 Mail so that users in small to mid-size operations can work with high-volume and very large files, while keeping under the hard-coded limits of Exchange 2003 Mail databases.  For some customers, adding Thru allows time to plan and implement email server migration. For standard Exchange 2003, there is a limit of 16GB per database.  Exchange 2003 SP2 allows for database of 75GB, but the default is only 18GB

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