E-mail is still the dominant way to send information from one person to another. But when big files are sent performance is lost and there is network bandwidth strain. We all have experienced that.
There is a solution to this problem. It is managed file transfer (MFT) system. This system bypasses e-mail servers and the MFTs are dedicated to transferring large files within organizations, between businesses and customers, or in business-to-business or application-to-application transactions. The market has been estimated to from $700 million to $2 billion a year. Among the biggest players are IBM and Citrix.
Businesses are attempting to build a new cloud-based system where file transfers are done in the cloud. This cloud service allows for even broader capabilities. Activity in the cloud MFT field has picked up. Ipswitch announced a product named MOVEIt, a complete cloud-based system. The trends are going toward "anytime, anywhere" products. Consumer applications such as DropBox and Box (which I use) have seen increases in the amount of storage they offer. The trend isn't slowing, especially with the Big Data buzz going around cyberspace. MFTs are seen as a way to manage the flow of big data.
Most MFT system technology runs on traditional hardware and need no dedicated infrastructure, but the systems require high-memory servers. The servers generally require more processing power for Big Data, encryption, and compression. The file size which warrants an MFT is a 2MB newsletter to 10,000 recipients. The smaller e-mails have a link for the recipient to access the MFT server. That way the bandwidth consumption isn't happening all at once.
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