FTP replacement

Signiant offers the best SFTP and FTP replacement for the media and entertainment industry. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is the standard network protocol used to transfer files between hosts through the Internet. FTP has been used since the 70s but is widely criticized for a variety of reasons. Other network protocol options like FTPS or SFTP solved some of the problems associated with FTP, but Signiant offers better solutions with far less hassle.

Most businesses understand that FTP offers too many security risks to use for file movement. Data transmitted using FTP is unencrypted and potentially visible to anyone who can monitor the network’s traffic. Most businesses work with sensitive information and want to protect their content. Security is the main reason that FTPS or SFTP became the best options for FTP replacement. FTPS is an extension of FTP that adds security, but many firewalls have problems with FTPS and deployment often fails. There are ways around these firewall problems, but they cost time and money.

Another network protocol called SFTP soon emerged as a FTP replacement. Secure File Transfer (SFTP) also known as SSH File Transfer Protocol, is not FTP run over SSH but a new protocol designed from the ground up. Although it doesn’t provide authentication and security, it does work very well with underlying protocols that do. As a FTP replacement, SFTP offers more security but more complexity as well. Many businesses find SFTP to be quite difficult to implement and use. Signiant offers smarter, easier and more secure content movement solutions.

Fixing all of the problems with FTP, FTPS, and SFTP can cost businesses lots of time and money. Scaling with any of them is difficult, and there are newer technologies available. Nobody should sacrifice speed, security, reliability or simplicity. Signiant offers a suite of software that serve as an FTP replacement no matter the size or needs of your business. Media Shuttle works really well as an FTP replacement when you need the easiest way to send any file anywhere, no matter the size. Managers+Agents provides more management and automated movement capabilities.

Many key figures in the media and entertainment industry use Signiant software as their FTP replacement. If you want to read more about why you should say goodbye to FTP and hello to Signiant software then read through the following articles or contact us to talk more about file movement options for your business.

Why many studios and broadcasters are banning FTP from their supply chain »

For decades, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) has been used in the Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry to move files between servers and for distributing them around the world. And for just as long, cybersecurity experts have been warning of its potential threat to network security, intellectual property and privacy. Nevertheless, FTP has persisted.

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Today’s Media Reality? Bigger Files. Greater Distances. »

The media and entertainment industry is rapidly evolving. From the rise of online streaming to the demand for higher and higher quality files—can you imagine thinking 8K was on the horizon even 5 years ago—the realities of the business are changing, and organizations need to be sure to adapt.

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How Blackwater Digital Services uses Media Shuttle to power transatlantic client workflows »

“Because we have Media Shuttle, we don't have to ship hard drives and we don't have to wait for bandwidth to open up, we just shoot it off. It's available within twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the content is ordered.”

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Creator of Worlds: How Signiant helps power Ubisoft’s global game development »

“When we produce a game, it typically involves hundreds of people, programmers, artists, game designers and testers, from multiple studios around the world."

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FTP replacement may be essential to securing content supply chains »

Efforts by major media enterprises and content security associations are seeking to replace FTP across the industry's inherently interconnected global supply chain.

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Sure signs your media business is outgrowing FTP »

Most users of Signiant's SaaS solutions were once reliant on FTP to transfer large media files. Here's what they have to say about the transition.

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Allegiance Studios tap into global talent pool of VFX artists using Signiant Media Shuttle »

"FTP physically pains me, now that I’m used to Media Shuttle. If we have to pull an episode off a client’s FTP, it takes at least a day or two of just waiting to get the footage.”

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Signiant Introduces Jet, the Newest Product on its SaaS Platform »

Targeted at simple "lights-out" use cases, Signiant Jet meets the growing need to replace scripted FTP with a faster, more reliable and more secure alternative.

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The best way to transfer large media files throughout post production »

Many post-production studios first look to FTP solutions to transfer media files. As their business grows, they run into a typical scenario.

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Media Shuttle’s New IMF-Aware Capability Makes it Easy and Secure »

IMF (Interoperable Master Format) was designed to address the chaos and inefficiencies involved in versioning programs. While a powerful standard, IMF isn't user friendly and needs to be handled with secure file transfer software.

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