What Is Cloud-to-Cloud File Transfer?


The average person uses 36 cloud-based services every day.1 It sounds like a lot, but it adds up fast. Think of all the applications and software you use daily: a fitness app, a GPS app, a music app, work email, instant message app and much more.

There’s no denying it — cloud-based services are becoming a bigger and bigger part of our personal and professional lives. Our prospects’ and customers’ interest in cloud-to-cloud file transfer has increased along with it.

illustration of cloud to cloud file transfer

What Is Cloud-to-Cloud File Transfer?

Cloud-to-cloud file transfer is exactly what it sounds like — a file transfer from one cloud to another. In this blog post, we’ll discuss it in a business-to-business context.

Cloud-to-Cloud File Transfer Use Cases

For these use cases, we’ll use Thru, our cloud managed file transfer (MFT) software, as the cloud that files are being transferred to or from.

Use Case 1: From HR Software to Thru

file is picked up from HR software sftp endpoint and delivered to finance team using thru managed file transfer

A construction company pays workers per hour. Every day, construction workers use an HR application to clock in and clock out. Each month, the construction site managers generate Excel sheets with the workers’ names, hourly rate and hours worked.

The HR software exposes an SFTP endpoint so Thru can easily connect to it and get the files. Thru transfers the files to the company’s finance team. Someone from the finance team manually downloads the files.

Use Case 2: From Thru to S3

suppliers sent signed contracts using thru managed file transfer to manufacturer amazon s3 bucket

A manufacturer exchanges unsigned and signed contracts with its suppliers. Once contracts are signed, they are renamed with the suffix “_signed.” Files with this suffix are sent to an Amazon S3 bucket so that the manufacturer has a backup copy.

Doing Cloud-to-Cloud File Transfer in Thru

In this example, we’ll address the first use case.

  1. Set up both organizations.

    Create multiple organizations for the construction sites and one organization for the finance team.

  2. Add one endpoint for each construction site.

    Add information about the HR software’s SFTP endpoint to each construction site organization. Schedule how often the system should check for files.

  3. Create the flow.

    Create a many-to-one flow. Add the construction sites and the finance team. Set the finance team as the target.

  4. Set the finance team’s endpoint to “manual user download.”

  6. Start transferring files.

If you’d like to know more about Thru for managing secure file transfers, please contact us.


1 https://www.way2smile.ae/blog/cloud-computing-statistics-facts-trends-2021/



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