Signiant vs. IBM Aspera

There was a time when Signiant and IBM Aspera were considered similar. Both organizations have been around for several years. Both offer proprietary acceleration technology that deliver high-speed transfers. But today we are very different. From the way Signiant delivers and supports its software, to our continued innovation, a commitment to storage independence and a focus on the media and entertainment industry, the days when the two were interchangeable are long behind us.


Key Capabilities

The Signiant Platform

IBM Aspera

Super fast transfers, up to 100X faster than FTP

No size limits

Person-initiated and automated transfers

Unlimited, custom-branded portals

Search media assets across storage locations

Preview media files

Fully committed to storage independence

Pre-transfer spec validation with CloudSpeX

Bandwidth management
Focus on the media industry
World class customer support


Signiant vs. Aspera: Pricing



Signiant subscription plans provide simple, no-surprises pricing — and we never charge for bandwidth. We pride ourselves on being easy to do business with and we work with companies of all sizes to meet their business needs. When you connect Signiant to on-prem storage, you get unlimited transfers, no file size limits and no silly bandwidth restrictions. When using cloud storage, every Signiant subscription includes a healthy allowance of cloud payload.

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IBM Aspera

Aspera has a very complex product portfolio and pricing structure that many customers find frustrating to understand. Many Aspera products include a bandwidth tax which means they limit the amount of bandwidth you can use unless you pay more. With IBM Aspera on Cloud, you pay a per GB transfer fee even when using your own storage. That adds up quickly. In nearly every case, Signiant pricing is far more predictable and more cost effective.

Signiant vs. Aspera: Easy to Deploy, Operate and Use



Signiant software is designed to be easy to deploy, operate and use by everyone. We recognize the need for separate IT, operations and creative end user experiences. As a true SaaS company, our products can often be up and running the same day, offering quick time-to-value and end users require no training at all to begin sending and sharing files. It is drag and drop simple and packed with enterprise power.


IBM Aspera

Aspera products were designed by engineers for engineers. We often hear from the market the frustrations in onboarding new partners and end users who are overwhelmed with an overly complicated user experience.

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Signiant vs. Aspera: Storage


We believe you know best how to store your valuable assets, and we’re committed to your storage independence. Wherever your assets are physically stored, on-prem or in the cloud, your content always remains 100% in your control with Signiant. We don’t bundle or resell storage and as an independent company we don’t have an agenda when it comes to storage.


IBM Aspera

Aspera products do work with a variety of on-prem and cloud storage types but as part of IBM, there is an agenda to push IBM storage and bundle IBM products. For example, Aspera on Cloud works with IBM cloud storage by default and most media companies are not building their cloud operations on IBM Cloud.

Signiant vs. Aspera: Customer Support


The Signiant customer support team sits in the same location as our engineering team so there is a very tight working relationship with the people who build the software and the people who support it. Signiant customer support has earned a Net Promoter Score in the 90+% range in every year it has been measured. Our world-class customer support is included with every SaaS subscription.


IBM Aspera

Let’s just leave it at this — try to get someone on the phone from IBM who can quickly and easily answer questions about Aspera products. Go ahead — we double dog dare you.

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Why Signiant is the superior choice over Aspera for large file transfers

Signiant is focused on this industry and on making working with media more efficient. That is what we do. Our simple, yet powerful product portfolio — all built on an integrated SaaS platform — can solve any file transfer use case as well as challenges that extend beyond file movement. We continue to innovate and are passionate about this industry and our customers. Customers choose Signiant because of our market-leading products, our unrivaled customer support, quick time-to-value and the lowest total cost of ownership. It’s no wonder more than 50,000 businesses trust the Signiant Platform to move their valuable content around the world.

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