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In 2002, Thru’s true cloud-native secure file transfer started in the cloud and continues to provide cloud-based automated file transfer and file sharing capabilities to businesses worldwide. See how Progress MOVEit compares to Thru »

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MFTaaS: Cloud-Native versus “Lifted and Shifted”

Managed file transfer as a service (MFTaaS) is a solution that is hosted in the cloud, and the MFT vendor handles software updates, fault tolerance, load balancing and scaling. However, not all cloud file transfer is equal. Cloud-native software inherently leverages cloud characteristics that lifted and shifted software does not.

What Is Cloud-Native?

Cloud-native MFT refers to file transfer software that is developed specifically for hosting in the cloud and optimally implements cloud computing characteristics such as scalable and elastic, shared, consumption-based pricing, service-based and utilization of internet technologies.

Example of cloud-native MFTaaS: Thru

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What Is “Lifted and Shifted”?

Alternatively, lifted and shifted refers to a file transfer solution that originally ran on-premises in a server configuration that now has been “lifted and shifted” to the cloud. In this approach, the application is unlikely to fully leverage cloud characteristics and deliver the maximum benefits.

Example of lifted and shifted MFTaaS: Progress MOVEit

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Compare Thru as an MFTaaS Alternative to Progress MOVEit

In terms of feature set, the MFTaaS offering of Thru compares against a combination of two products by Progress MOVEit: MOVEit Transfer and MOVEit Automation. MOVEit Transfer is available in the cloud or on-premises. MOVEit Automation is only available as an on-premises application, not in the cloud. When comparing how the solutions are delivered and the total cost of ownership (TCO), the differences become even clearer.

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Thru’s MFTaaS dynamically scales: The cloud-native architecture is made up of distributed microservices that scale.

MOVEit Automate is only offered as on-premises license, not in the cloud as MFTaaS.

Modern API-first platform: Every function of the Thru platform has an API.

APIs are limited since the MOVEit application was written for an on-premises single server configuration.

Built for iPaaS: Thru operates as a file exchange gateway in the cloud to augment an iPaaS for B2B workflows.

MOVEit is built for EDI and file transfer in a single application.

Lower TCO: Thru’s pricing is only based on usage and not modules. Customer has access to all functionality, including APIs, regardless of the tier.

204% higher 3-year TCO: Progress MOVEit is priced by tiers, servers and feature modules.

Get the total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis of Thru, GoAnywhere and MOVEit:

Thru Provides More Value than Progress MOVEit

Based on 3-year TCO which includes application plus several hidden costs, Thru’s MFTaaS costs 204% less than Progress MOVEit.


Thru is live and ready for use with nothing to deploy: Simply select an instance in the chosen region.

Continuous, Seamless Updates

Always use the most up-to-date software: Automatic updates are made to the platform with zero downtime.

Dynamically Scales

Thru’s cloud-native architecture is made up of distributed microservices that automatically scale.


An API is available for every function in the graphical user interface—programmatically control Thru via APIs.

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Discover Thru’s managed file transfer in the cloud »

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Award-Winning Product & People

G2 Reviews:

Read what our users think about our managed file transfer solution and organization.

Nov 11, 2022

Provides a modern and secure way of handling a common file transfer protocol

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Jonathan S.
Security Architect
Enterprise (>1000 emp.)

Nov 21, 2022

A pleasantly unexpected replacement for FTP!

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Mark L.
Solutions Architect
Mid-Market (51-1000 emp.)

Nov 17, 2022

The tool is very direct and easy to use amongst the large team

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Verified User
Hospital & Health Care
Enterprise (>1000 emp.)

Nov 16, 2022 (Original Aug 16, 2021)

Excellent secure and trackable data transfer service

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Cliff P.
Head Marketing Automation
Mid-Market (51-1000 emp.)

Aug 04, 2021 (Original Aug 10, 2020)

Positive feedback from our 6k users consuming the service regularly

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Andre T.
M365 Solution Architect
Enterprise (>1000 emp.)

Jul 13, 2020

Solve MFT use cases easy and quicky

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Florencia C.
Business Development Manager
Mid-Market (51-1000 emp.)

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See Thru in Action

Check out our on-demand demo videos to see our product in action.

If you have questions about Thru’s MFTaaS and how we can solve your specific use case, please select a time to experience a customized live demo:

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Does Thru offer a free trial?

Yes! Our file transfer services are production ready in the cloud so there is nothing to deploy! Request your free trial today »

Where is Thru deployed?

Thru is deployed in Azure in regions around the globe including: USA, UK, EU and AU.

Can Thru be deployed in a private cloud?

Yes, Thru can deployed in AWS and Azure private clouds.

What features does Thru’s MFT product have?

For information about features, refer to our Product Features Datasheet »

How can I purchase Thru?

Go to our Pricing page for more information about our plans and to contact Thru Sales for a quotation and Service Usage & Licensing Agreement.

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