Cloud Managed File Transfer (MFT) Service

Cloud managed file transfer (MFT) solutions are deployed in multi-tenant, dedicated or private clouds. In multi-tenant and dedicated cloud services, MFT vendors typically manage deployment, high availability and disaster recovery.

Benefits include

  • Fast deployment
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Unlimited and automatic scaling

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Thru Deployment Options

In managed file transfer as a service (MFTaaS) deployments, Thru manages the infrastructure, maintenance, scaling and software updates giving your organization the true SaaS experience for managed file transfer. Thru offers two deployment options for MFTaaS: multi-tenant and dedicated tenant.

If deployment in a private cloud is desired, Thru offers a licensed option.

A distributed hybrid architecture option extends MFT functionality to internal file transfers executed by agents installed on corporate networks and orchestrated by our cloud. All files within internal flows are transferred inside the enterprise’s firewalls.


Thru Managed Azure

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Dedicated Tenant

Thru Managed Azure

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Private Cloud

Azure or AWS

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Customer Managed License

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Multi-Tenant Thru Cloud

Thru’s multi-tenant cloud is deployed in one of several regions around the world (United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Australia). In this option, your MFT account is part of a multi-tenant environment where cloud resources are shared by multiple tenants (customers). However, each tenant’s data is encrypted and stored separately.

  • Benefit from economies of scale by sharing the cost of infrastructure with other tenants.
  • Storage accounts are logically separated per customer.
  • Environment is already deployed and ready to use.

Dedicated Tenant Thru Cloud

Thru’s dedicated environment can be deployed in any one of Azure’s 60+ regions around the world. The entire infrastructure and all the components within it are dedicated to this tenant. This option is more expensive than the multi-tenant option as the costs for the infrastructure are not shared with other tenants.

  • Satisfy strict cyber security requirements where multi-tenant is not an option.
  • Infrastructure requires time to be deployed and tested.
  • Extended detection and response (XDR) includes cloud security, threat intelligence, endpoint security and security operations.
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Thru License Private Cloud

Thru’s private cloud option allows customers to deploy Thru in their cloud. In this type of deployment, infrastructure management is the customer’s responsibility.

  • Satisfy strict cyber security requirements where SaaS is not an option.
  • Automated software delivery can be configured for this option.
  • Support is limited to the application layer and not infrastructure.

Summary of Thru’s Cloud MFT Deployment Options

  Multi-Tenant Dedicated Tenant Private (License)

Economies of Scale

(Shared Infrastructure Costs)

Instance Deployed YES NO NO
Hybrid Architecture YES YES YES
XDR Monitoring YES YES NO
Automated Software Delivery YES YES YES
High Availability YES YES YES
24/7/365 Support YES YES


(Application Only)

Terms Explained


Pay for the service and Thru will deploy and manage all the infrastructure required to run the service.

Instance Deployed

Thru’s multi-tenant environment is up and running, delivering millions of files each day. This means if you are a new customer there is nothing to deploy so you can get your project up and running right away.

XDR Monitoring

As part of the service, Thru’s Cloud Security team monitors threats and reports on any incidents.

24/7/365 Support

All customers receive the same level of support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Economies of Scale

Cloud computing costs can add up, so if they are shared in a multi-tenant environment, each customer can share the costs.

Hybrid Architecture

As a cloud service, the control plane is in the cloud. Thru’s distributed hybrid architecture uses the Thru Node to transfer files between source and target locations on a private network without the data leaving the network. See section below for more information »

Automated Software Delivery

Thru utilizes a continuous deployment (CD) software development lifecycle process. Most incremental updates do not require downtime.

Hybrid Architecture: Cloud Managed File Transfer with On-Premises Agent

Transfer files within your enterprise firewall with the Thru Node (an MFT agent), which is installed on-premises to transfer files while orchestrated by our cloud.

Use the online administration portal to re-configure, pause/resume, restart or update the node. Configurations are retrieved by the node via outbound polling using an HTTPS connection.

Benefits of a hybrid solution include

  • Files never leave enterprise network
  • Automated file compression, PGP encryption, renaming and routing
  • Easy to set up and use

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What is the difference between cloud, on-premises and hybrid MFT?

Cloud managed file transfer is deployed in the cloud while on-premises file transfer is commonly deployed in a company’s DMZ, which is between the local area network (LAN) and external network. Compare MFT Deployments: Cloud vs. On-Premises vs Hybrid »

What is the difference between cloud-native, cloud-enabled and cloud-based?

Not all cloud MFT is created equal. Different terms are used to describe the origin and capabilities of the now cloud-based file transfer software. Learn more about the different types of cloud MFT »

Is it secure to transfer files in the cloud?

Yes—if the vendor takes appropriate measures to protect its infrastructure, application and customer data. The defense-in-depth security measures should include using firewalls with stateful inspection, real-time antivirus scanning, role-based access and file encryption at rest and in transit. Learn more about our security measures for our file transfer solutions »

How can my company improve communication with its external locations?

Thru has designed a configuration where file transfers between headquarters and remote locations can be centrally controlled using Thru in the cloud and on-premises runtimes, or Thru Nodes. Learn more about MFT agents for remote locations »

What differentiates Thru from other solutions?

Thru’s cloud MFT simplifies several key areas of file transfer.

What integrations does Thru offer?

Thru offers pre-built integrations for iPaaS and applications such as MuleSoft, Boomi, Amazon S3, Outlook and Salesforce plus allows custom-built connectors using our APIs.

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