Automated FTP

FTP stands for “File Transfer Protocol.” As the name suggests, it is a way of transferring files between computers on the internet. But FTP has fallen out of favor as a way to share media files for a variety of reasons:

  1. FTP is very slow.
  2. FTP is unreliable.
  3. FTP lacks security.
  4. FTP has poor UX.
  5. FTP lacks many basic features necessary for media workflows.

Many media professionals have found advanced replacements for using FTP as a means to send and share files between people. Signiant offers Media Shuttle, which the fastest, easiest and most secure ways for people to send very large files anywhere in the world.

For system-to-system transfers across geographically distributed locations, some companies still depend on automated FTP. They need to send large or multiple files on a regular schedule, and they automate the process to streamline workflows. Since FTP has been around for over 35 years, there are many modules, scripts, applications and the like to automate file transfers. But because these processes are still fundamentally based on FTP, they run into the same problems with speed, reliability, security and ease of use.

Organizations relying on automated FTP should consider new, innovative technology for automated file transfers. Signiant Jet stands out as the best alternative for automated FTP.  Jet’s unprecedented speed and intuitive web interface make the process of automating file transfers simple to set up, manage and monitor.

If your company has multiple locations or if you regularly exchange large data sets with partners, customers and suppliers, Jet will dramatically accelerate and simplify your operations. Read through the following articles to understand more about automated FTP, automated system-to-system alternatives, and Signiant Jet.

The Death of Scripted FTP »

Most FTP systems operating in businesses today include numerous scripts to enable basic business functions, such as automation, notifications and storage.

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How to Better Manage Multiple Storage Types Across Your Media Business »

Choosing large file transfer and sharing software that is storage independent is critical for media businesses with multiple storage types.

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Integration Partner Highlight: TransMedia Dynamics for Media Asset and Workflow Management »

TMD has utilized Signiant APIs to integrate Mediaflex-UMS with two of our large file transfer solutions: Manager+Agents for automated enterprise system-to-system file transfers and Media Shuttle for easy person-initiated transfers.

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Large File Transfer to Amazon S3 Media Analysis Solution »

Media Analysis Solution has a simple web-based UI that allows you to upload media files to Amazon S3, search through your library and analyze and extract metadata. However, if you work with higher res video, the 100MB file size limitation is inhibitive.

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FTP replacement may be the only way to secure content supply chains »

Last year’s HBO, Netflix and Disney security breaches can likely be traced to hackers exploiting FTP used by third-party post-production companies.

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