Managed File Transfer: Linchpin to Cloud Stickiness
Judged by funding activity, the popularity of cloud-based file sharing (CBFS) services is on the rise. According to Frost & Sullivan, from January 2012 – March 2014, $ million has been invested in nine companies that offer cloud-based file sharing services.2 As noted in this report, the true funding amount is much greater when the full complement of CBFS providers is taken into account. An example of this broader breadth of market involvement is the announced entry by Amazon with Zocalo.3 Considering the dominant, early running market positions that Amazon Web Services has in public cloud computing and storage services, plus its entry into the desktop as a service market with Amazon Workspaces (of which Amazon Zocalo will be available as a discounted service add-on), the CBFS service category and market are evolving rapidly.4,5
Focusing solely on CBFS, however, overlooks the fuller range of file movement scenarios, most notably: system-to-system (S2S). This same narrow view overlooks solutions that were explicitly designed to support system-to-system file transfers; for example Managed File Transfer (MFT).
Businesses with workflows that entail repeatable business-to-business (B2B) and intra-company file transfers have not lost sight of this broader view. Based on a market scan of a subset of established MFT providers, this recent “bright idea” pendulum swing to CBFS is contributing to a rebound swing in demand for MFT. Furthermore, for many file transfer-dependent workflows, the prevailing value of CBFS in supporting ad hoc, person-to-person file transfers with app-like ease is, in some manner, the antithesis of the systematic control, automation, and compliance capabilities of MFT. Essentially, CBFS was not designed to serve the file transfer requirements that MFT addresses. Conversely, the traditional approach of MFT as an on-premises, IT-run operation does not fully align with today’s self-serve.
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In this SPIE, we delve into both MFTaaS and the potential for MFTaaS to stimulate a broader adoption of public cloud services.
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