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.

Digital Media World | Film Festival Picks a Winner with Media Shuttle

“For previous festivals, we relied on free file sharing sites for digital film submissions. With finished file sizes exceeding 2Gb, filmmakers often experienced long upload times – up to three hours – and if transfers were interrupted for any reason, time was lost and they had to start all over again,” said Festival President Kevin Burton. “With 60 days to make their films, every minute counts.” In addition to submission of lower resolution judging versions of entries, Media Shuttle will be used to submit the final ProRes digital film versions for screening, instead of relying on couriers or in-person deliveries.

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Ottawa’s Digi60 2012 Digital Filmmakers Festival Finds a Winner with Signiant Media Shuttle™

“The countdown clock to the deadline is merciless. For previous festivals, we relied on free file sharing sites, such as YouSendIt and WeTransfer, for digital film submissions. With finished file sizes exceeding 2GB, our filmmakers often experienced long upload times – up to three hours – and if transfers were interrupted for any reason, time was lost and they simply had to start all over again,” said Festival President Kevin Burton. “With 60 days to make their films, every hour – every minute – counts. The speed, ease of use and reliability of Media Shuttle lets users focus more on the creative process and less on the technical aspects of getting their submissions in before the clock runs out.”

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Signiant Appoints Doug Cahill as Vice President of Business Development

Cahill brings more than two decades of business development experience in the storage, networking and security industries to Signiant’s senior leadership team. Based in Boston, he will drive strategic partnerships with IT technology partners and service providers worldwide. Today Signiant’s accelerated file movement software is used to replace FTP and other file sharing technologies to facilitate the daily file transfer needs of tens of thousands of users in some of the world’s largest media companies.

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stationEX Selects Signiant Media Shuttle™ for Accelerated Long-Form Content Delivery

Founded in June 2012, stationEX addresses the high-end, long form delivery market where massive client project files, often exceeding 100 GB, can bring conventional file transfer technologies to their knees. As a result, broadcasters are forced to ship storage ‘bricks’ or disks containing files to colleagues – imposing two- to three-day delays for shipments that go internationally, while racking up project costs.

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Germany’s wige MARKETING Selects Signiant to Speed Distribution of Promotional Motorsports Video for Broadcast

“After testing for a recent DTM race, we were sold on Signiant. It worked perfectly and enabled our customers to download large video files at speeds that were close to real-time playout – and without any failures or dropped packets like you might expect with FTP.”

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Broadcast Engineering | Signiant Helps ESPN Deliver Files for World Cup Production

“It’s not signal strength that will be the biggest problem, but speed of light traveling such a large distance,” Kidd said. “FTP and other forms of file transfers tend to break down after so many miles, so you have to use a file acceleration technology to overcome any latency issues.”

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