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IS FTP OBSOLETE?

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Ten years ago, the answer to sending large files to clients was a file transfer protocol (FTP) server. This solution was used by companies of all sizes – from the small graphic design firm to the large corporation. But using FTP servers didn’t come without challenges.

For starters, you had to get the client onboard and set up. This usually involved sending new users FTP credentials and then talking any “untechy” clients through the process of logging on and uploading files. But perhaps more problematic was the fact that you had absolutely no visibility into who was viewing what files – and when.

So when cloud solutions started gaining traction, it was natural that businesses began to wonder about storing files in the cloud – and getting rid of their FTP servers. In fact, eight out of every 10 CIOs get at least some of their infrastructure delivered through a private cloud. And of those CIOs, six out of every 10 consider cloud computing their top priority, according to Syntax.

Moving forward, when it comes to data storage, will FTP servers go the way of the floppy disk, VHS player and landline?

WHERE FTP SERVERS FALL SHORT

Many businesses have gravitated to cloud solutions for efficiency purposes, but also for security. For example, one of the issues with FTP servers has been security because they open additional ports for access. This may create a hole in the firewall – which is a serious concern.

In addition to firewall vulnerability, there’s the fact that you can’t see who is viewing what on your server. There’s no trail for who downloaded files, when the downloads are complete or other traceable details. As the workforce has grown to become more remote and collaboration happens in many spaces outside the traditional office, demand for cloud solutions is rising.

CLOUD IS SIMPLIFYING FILE TRANSFER

Cloud storage provides remote access for uploading and downloading files that are stored in the cloud, without permitting access to your company’s infrastructure. Take for example Office 365, which offers easy collaboration and the ability to access files across many different devices. The result is documents that can be edited from anywhere, at the same time and in real time.

Other reasons the cloud makes file transfer easier include:

  1. A large amount of space for all files;
  2. Share with anyone that you choose;
  3. Always have the latest version of files;
  4. Have access to files in a controlled environment;
  5. Collaborate easily with others on the same file;
  6. Simplicity of use.

The future of the workplace includes more collaboration, and from many different physical locations. The ability to accomplish that more easily while collaborating with clients, employees and others streamlines the process while protecting sensitive data.

If you have questions about FTP servers and storage options in the cloud, please contact CMIT Solutions of Stamford at 203-595-9091 today.

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