Signiant vs. is a great tool for review-and-approve workflows and many companies use both and the Signiant Platform. As with many tools, there is some overlap and we get the question, do I need both? Often the answer is ‘yes’ as the two are very different things.

The core value proposition of the Signiant Platform

The core value proposition of the Signiant Platform is making content flow more efficiently between people, with partners, across systems, or to and from the cloud. You can send a file with but only with assets uploaded into their storage. That’s a huge distinction. It would be highly unusual and very costly for any media company to store all their assets in storage. Signiant makes it easy to access and move assets to and from any storage, on-prem or in the cloud.



Signiant offers straightforward, predictable subscriptions. We take pride in being easy to work with and help companies of all sizes. There are no file size restrictions and unlimited transfers when you connect Signiant to on-premises storage. A substantial amount of cloud payload is included with every subscription when using cloud storage. is priced per GB storage and includes transfer fees, which can add-up quickly when working with large media assets and big projects.

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Speed and Reliability

Speed and Reliability

The Signiant Platform rests on patented transport technology that offers lightning-fast, secure, and reliable file transfers across any IP network, regardless of file size. Checkpoint Restart resumes any halted transfer from the point of failure. Files are sent exactly byte for byte, without modification. isn’t really built for transferring files and customers of complain about slow speeds and the unreliability of moving big files into and out of storage. A lot of businesses use for review and approve processes, but they depend on the Signiant Platform for all file transfers between users, systems, and the cloud.

Storage Independence

Storage Independence

Signiant is storage independent, meaning you can connect to storage of your choice and your assets are always entirely under your control. With, files are uploaded into storage bundled and operated by them. Unlike Signiant, this won’t allow access to assets across storage locations, in addition to being a security risk. With Signiant, there is no added cost to connect additional storage locations. The Signiant Platform acts as an abstraction layer, making it easy, fast and secure to access assets across any of your storage.

The Signiant Platform by the Numbers

Connected Businesses

Global Users

Countries and Territories

PB Data Transferred per Month

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The Signiant Platform builds on the foundation of our world-class fast file movement apps and adds workflow-centric production services that make working with media even more efficient.

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Why Signiant is the choice over for large file transfers – but you may need both!

Before you compare Signiant and, remember these are two very different things. Any company working with large media assets will need a solution to move and access assets.

Whether sending and sharing files between people, automating transfers between systems, exchanging content with partners, or moving content to, from and between clouds, the Signiant Platform has it covered. That is why more than 50,000 media companies and over 1 million professionals rely on the Signiant Platform to move their valuable content. On the other hand, is a great review-and-approve tool. If your workflows involve frame accurate comments and collaboration, is a great choice. Sure, you can send a file from to a person but it would be very unlikely and very expensive for a company to keep all its assets in – which is why many companies use Signiant for transfers alongside

A Comparison of Key Capabilities

The Signiant Platform

Proprietary transport technology that eliminates latency and packet loss, delivering speeds up to 100X faster than standard transfer tools

No file size limits

Rock-solid reliability with Checkpoint Restart

Person-initiated and automated transfers

Unlimited, custom-branded portals

Delegated administration

Search media assets across on-prem and cloud storage locations

Frame accurate review and approve

Preview media files
Connects to any of your storage
Pre-transfer spec validation with CloudSpeX
Bandwidth management
TPN (Trusted Partner Network) Gold Shield Assessment 


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does Signiant's speed and reliability compare to

    The Signiant Platform is built on patented transport technology that can move any-size file over any IP network with speed, security and lights-out reliability. We were recently awarded a patent for a new intelligent transport architecture that uses machine learning to adapt to network conditions in real-time and is capable of multi-Gbps transfer speeds. Checkpoint Restart adds lights-out reliability and will automatically restart any interrupted transfer from the point of failure. Files are delivered unaltered with byte for byte accuracy. There is simply nothing faster or more reliable on the market when it comes to moving large files and data sets. can send a file but it’s really not what it was built for. At its core it is a review-and-approve tool and does that very well. customers often complain about poor speeds and reliability issues when moving large files into and out of storage. That is why many companies use for review-and-approve but rely on the Signiant Platform for all their file movement between people, between systems and to and from the cloud.

  • How does Signiant approach storage as compared to

    Unlike, Signiant does not bundle or resell storage but rather we connect to your storage. With Signiant, assets always remain 100% in your control. In fact, there is no additional cost to connect to any number of storage locations and so the Signiant Platform acts as an abstraction layer, making it easy, fast and secure to access assets across any and all of your storage.

    With, files are uploaded into storage that is bundled and operated by them. This is not only a security concern,  but it also means you can’t easily provide access to assets across storage locations. Most media companies have assets in multiple storage locations and want to keep assets in their storage under their control. That isn’t an option with

  • Is support included?

    Every Signiant subscription includes our world-class customer support. Our support team works in the same location as the engineers who build the products, so they have direct contact with the teams if issues arise. Our awesome customer support is a key reason our customers renew and stay with us for years. 

  • Does Signiant do more than file transfers?

    Signiant is well known as the market leader in accelerated file transfers. After all, our software is used by thousands of companies to move petabytes of high-value content every single day. Further, when you purchase a subscription to any of our file transfer products, you join the Signiant Platform. That platform includes additional media management capabilities including multimedia search, preview of media assets and other actions such as transferring just a selected clip of a larger file. 

  • Can we try Signiant before we buy?

    Absolutely. We often do POCs with our customers before they buy so that your team can experience Signiant’s software in your environment with your data sets. Customers who do POCs often buy right away so let’s set up a quick call to get you started. 


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