Cloud Managed File Transfer (MFT) Guide
Cloud managed file transfer (MFT) solutions are deployed in multi-tenant or private clouds. If customers choose a multi-tenant cloud, MFT vendors typically manage deployment, high availability and disaster recovery. Additional benefits of cloud managed file transfer include
- Fast deployment
- Lower maintenance costs
- Unlimited and automatic scaling
Cloud Managed File Transfer Deployment
Configure managed file transfer in our cloud or in your private cloud, such as Microsoft Azure Cloud or Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. A hybrid architecture option extends MFT functionality to internal file transfers executed by MFT agents installed on corporate networks and orchestrated by our cloud. All files within internal flows are transferred inside the enterprise’s firewalls.
Learn how to accurately compare the total cost of ownership (TCO) of MFTaaS products, including a downloadable in-depth comparison report of the 3 leading MFTaaS providers »
Using Our Cloud for Managed File Transfer
Thru runs in certified Azure data centers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. Because we are a cloud managed file transfer as a service (MFTaaS) company, we manage deployment and maintenance for you.
Benefits of running in our cloud include
- Zero deployment or maintenance
- Automatic upgrade to new features
- Unlimited elasticity based on file transfer load
- High availability
- Multiple location options, based on data sovereignty requirements and network proximity
- Defense-in-depth security in database, infrastructure and data centers
File transfer times depend on network latency between endpoints and our data centers, in addition to payload size. For latency concerns, there are two options:
- Provision and access multiple instances of Thru in different locations.
- Implement our high speed file transfer service.
Learn more about MFT in our cloud deployed in Azure regions and availability zones »
File Transfers in Your Private Cloud
To satisfy corporate governance or security requirements, deploy Thru in your virtual private cloud in Azure or AWS, retaining self-management of the MFT cloud infrastructure and its costs. Give Thru access to configure managed, semi-automatic updates. You can also add high availability (HA) to your configuration.
Learn more about deployment in a private cloud:
Learn about the differences between Thru as a MFTaaS vs Thru in private cloud »
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 yet is 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
Cloud Managed File Transfer FAQs
What is the difference between cloud managed file transfer, on-premises MFT 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 Managed File Transfer (MFT) vs. On-Premises MFT vs Hybrid MFT »
What is the difference between cloud-native, cloud-enabled and cloud-based MFT?
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 cloud managed file transfer secure?
Yes—if the vendor takes appropriate measures to protect its infrastructure, application and customer data. These measures should include using firewalls with stateful inspection, real-time antivirus scanning, role-based security and file encryption at rest and in transit. Learn more about our security measures for our cloud managed file transfer »
How can my company use file transfers in the cloud to 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 cloud managed file transfer integrations does Thru offer?
Thru offers pre-built cloud MFT 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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