Improving file transfer reliability and capacity is an ongoing concern for many business organizations. One of the most common ways that file transfers occur is via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) technology. Unfortunately, traditional FTP is associated with a number of significant disadvantages. Chief among them is the fact that larger files transfer less accurately than smaller ones; this problem is magnified more and more as file size increases. Unfortunately, as hard drive space has become less expensive, application programs have begun to create files that are much bigger than the ones commonly produced when FTP was first developed.
IT solutions to combat this situation include MFT, or Managed File Transfer. MFT software is specifically engineered to overcome some of the limitations inherent in FTP. In addition to dealing much better with large file sizes, MFT provides more security than FTP, in part through its ability to encrypt files using multiple encryption technologies so that stored versions are protected from intrusion.
MFT can form part of a managed program approach to how a business organization transfers data both inside its own network and to outside computers and servers. The technology supports a number of different transfer protocols including secured FTP, SCP, secured HTTP, and AS2. It is possible to set up automated transfers that provide troubleshooting features such as the detection of transfers that may have failed; such transfers can be directed to be automatically attempted again. MFT programs are also capable of providing detailed information about not only the transfers themselves, but also about user activity.