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File Transfer Protocol (FTP) vs. Managed File Transfer (MFT)

Ipswitch Blog| January 26 2018

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For many organizations, file transfer between users, locations, partners and/or customers is a key operational aspect to the business, so having the right file transfer software is crucial for smooth and secure management.

Depending on your industry, file transfer requirements can range from occasional use to high volume transactions.

Which method of file transfer software is right for you: Managed File Transfer or SSH File Transfer Protocol?  To help you answer that question we’ve created a tool called “The Managed File Transfer Buyer’s Guide.” We designed this checklist to help IT managers choose the best file transfer solution for them.

The structure of our guide follows along these criteria:

  • Security and Compliance
  • Automation
  • Reliability
  • Administration and Management
  • Total Cost of Ownership

Is FTP Right for You?

FTP or MFTA File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server can securely transfer large files between users or systems, but it typically lacks the controls required for more stringent operational or regulatory compliance requirements.Forget FTP! Start tranferring data the secure and compliant way. Trial MOVEit  today.

An FTP server is likely sufficient to meet the needs of a manufacturer transferring CAD drawings, but companies in the finance, healthcare or retail sectors, however, might want to consider a automated solution that locks down data every step of the way.

FTP or MFT 2Is MFT Right for You?

Managed file transfer technology is ideally suited to address security, control and automation requirements.

The nice part is that you will always know where your files are with predictable, secure delivery and extensive reporting and monitoring.

Companies that need to exchange files between remote data centers, customers, trading partners, service providers, and cloud applications would want to consider an MFT solution.

The Checklist

Inside the guide you will find a checklist to identify every aspect of a file transfer solution as it relates to your environment. Do you need multi-factor authentication? What about encrypting your data at rest? How important is automation? The checklist guides you through a number of questions that summarize into the following:


MFT or FTP? Which one is right for you? MFT or FTP? Which one is right for you?


Spoiler Alert: We Sell File Transfer Solutions

It might not be a surprise at this point that Ipswitch sells both FTP clients and servers as well as managed file transfer solutions. Ipswitch WS_FTP Server and WS_FTP Professional Client are proven to be reliable and secure file transfer solutions and support the latest secure file transfer protocols. Want to take it out for a spin? If so, we’ve got a free trial for you.

Our managed file transfer solution, Ipswitch MOVEit, lets you manage, view, secure, and control all file transfer activity through a single system. MOVEit reduces the need for IT hands-on involvement and allows for user self-service as needed. It provides the perfect solution for secure file transfer to meet security and compliance needs in any industry and company size while reducing administration time and costs. We’d love for you to kick the tires with a free trial.

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