Although the internet is now ubiquitous and nearly everyone uses it for communication, it evolved from a barely workable prototype in ARPANET by the US military in the 1960s…to its adoption of TCP/IP in the ’70s to enable communication between different networks…to Tim Berners-Lee inventing the World Wide Web (WWW) to simplify sharing data between researchers in 1990.
This was the genesis of Thru…
Let’s explore our history, where we are today and where we’re heading in providing secure file transfer.
How Thru Became the First Cloud-Native MFT Solution
Over twenty years ago, Lee Harrison, co-founder and CEO of Thru, Inc., decided to use his expertise in software innovations to develop a cloud-native managed file transfer (MFT) solution to fill the secure file transfer gap for businesses. We were set on a journey to revolutionize file transfer!
2001: Before and After 9/11
However, after the events of 9/11, markets were in such turmoil that Lee and Rick thought it would be better to join forces rather than compete for the Studio Central asset. The successful acquisition of this source code from SGI enabled the launch of the company to be held in Silicon Graphics’ booth at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, NV. Privately held Rumble Group International LLC, now known as Thru, Inc., was formed.
Early 2000s: Cloud-Hosted FTP Replacement Offering
Mid 2000s: File Transfer Feature Expansion
Next, began our push toward a unified file sharing service with our release of the first managed file transfer plugin for Microsoft Outlook. Users could securely send large files without leaving the Outlook interface.
Late 2000s: Industry Analysts Take Notice of Thru’s MFT
This growth in functionality and integration resulted in Thru being named as a Visionary in the 2009 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed File Transfer.
Kicking Off 2010s: Continued Accolades for Cloud-Based MFT
Mid 2010s: “Ad Hoc” Becomes “EFSS”
With continued recognition by analysts and exhibited proof of an established, yet agile file transfer solution, our wins against giants in the marketplace grew. This increased exposure led to Thru, Inc., filing a lawsuit against file hosting provider, Dropbox, Inc. (Nasdaq: DBX), for trademark infringement. This settlement temporarily set us back, but we pushed through and had a comeback as we neared the end of the decade.
Ending 2010s: Gaining MFT Integration Partnerships
In 2019, we increased our integration platform reach by partnering with Boomi. Our MFT connector is accessible in Boomi AtomSphere and allows its users to experience the benefits of separating file transfers from business processes.
Our out-of-the-box connectors consolidate file transfers in a single, centralized system giving enterprises secure and extremely fast file transfer performance, granular audits, end-to-end visibility, automated partner onboarding, reusable endpoints and the benefits and convenience of the cloud. These capabilities are also possible by use of our APIs for custom automated file transfer integrations.
2020 to Now: Today’s Cloud MFT Solution
Through the past two decades, Thru MFT has been engineered to meet our customers’ needs, while providing a user-friendly interface and staying one step ahead in innovation of file transfer. We offer cloud-native automated file transfer and ad hoc file sharing services with a growing features list that includes end-to-end security, centralized visibility, file scheduling, file renaming, file retention, audit trails, reusable endpoints and so much more!
2020s & Onward: The Future of MFT Is Security
Although fears of recession have businesses currently tightening their overall budgets, the largest share of 2023 IT software budgets will go toward security software, according to SWZD. This confirms what we as a provider of secure file transfer are seeing: Strengthening data security and remaining compliant are top priorities for businesses.
As the data sharing industry grows so do regulations requiring stricter data security and privacy protection. MFT features, such as centralized visibility, end-to-end encryption (E2EE) and file transfer automations that reduce human access and error, provide a proven means for businesses to achieve their goals.
Secure and in the Cloud from Day 1
From our beginning, Thru’s cloud-native MFT platform was designed for businesses with the principles of security, flexibility and scalability at heart. Thru now serves everyone from small businesses to the largest global enterprise customers.