How Much Does Your File Transfer Infrastructure Cost You?

Paul French, VP, Product & Solutions Marketing, Axway

“How hard is it to move a file? It turns out that the answer to that is twofold. On the most base level, how hard is it to move a file? It’s not so hard. It’s easy to move a file from one platform to the same platform. Or from one box to the same box, depending on the way the architecture or the infrastructure is. But now think about how hard is it to move hundreds of thousands of files, make them encrypted files, make them encrypted files that live inside a strong SLA, make them encrypted files inside a strong SLA with a larger-scale industry or regulatory compliance. And before you know it, the answer to the question is, ‘It’s pretty hard to move a file.'”

An Internal Managed File Transfer Strategy

Paul French, VP, Product & Solutions Marketing, Axway

“They’ve left out this concept of the file, because those infrastructures tend to do okay with small files, but large enterprises and even some small enterprises have lots and lots of large files. Files are everywhere. Files are the nature of collaboration. They’re the nature of integration in a lot of cases. So an internal MFT strategy is really the place where most of the potential operational improvement cost reduction, and, believe it or not, security risks, lie. We’ve spent so much time and effort looking outward at what the security risks might be and we’ve invested in secure Web gateways and in firewalls and in proxies and in all sorts of fun and exciting stuff to protect things going in and leaving the enterprise, we’ve forgotten that a huge percentage of data loss, of data breach, of challenges are associated with internal managed file transfer challenges.”

Dynamic Processes

Paul French, VP, Product & Solutions Marketing, Axway

“The challenge comes when it really is a file movement problem more than an email problem. Because you may have really, really large documents that bring in absolutely everything that’s on this ship. Absolutely everything that might be between a taxpayer and a county government or a state government, or be between a military agency and some logistics or procurement provider. The files are big and obviously extremely sensitive. Leaving that to chance in an email system or leaving that to chance with some free or unregulated (solution) or, even worse, leaving it to chance with a USB drive, is a risk profile that most customers don’t want to have to think about. So the answer is the ability to enable these very non-standard, fluid processes and the people that are involved with them with a really, really secure and performing tool that will allow someone to send really, really big files–either to a system or to a human on the other side–while taking advantage of connection-level security and access-management security.”

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