Aspera Introduces Major Enhancements To Its Entire Suite of fasp™ High-speed Transfer Software At NAB Show 2013

Enhancements cover core transfer servers and clients, Web applications for file sharing and exchange, mobile apps, transfer management and workflow automation, high-performance synchronization, and the entire SDK

LAS VEGAS—2013 NAB SHOW, Booth SL9716—April 08, 2013Aspera, Inc., creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s large data at maximum speed, today announced the release of major enhancements to Aspera’s broad portfolio of high-speed data transfer and automation solutions, the introduction of several exciting new software products, and specialized solutions jointly developed with media technology leaders.

Also at NAB, Aspera introduced Aspera Drive and faspex 4.0, the next generation of big data exchange bringing Aspera technology directly into the desktop, browser, and mobile platforms with fully integrated sync, transfer and share paradigms.  Built on Aspera fasp technology, users enjoy maximum transfer speed, security and distance independent collaboration with any size data set and can access and exchange Big Data with ease from their environment and platform of choice (on premise or in-cloud).

fasp 3.3 - universal content transport platform

The latest versions of Enterprise and Connect Server, Point-to-Point and Client software support a breadth of new features for on premise and in cloud deployment.

  • Native configuration and connection support for direct transfer to OpenStack Swift and Akamai Net Storage (available Summer 2013) in addition to AWS S3 and Windows Azure BLOB.
  • New Multi-tenant Usage Metering Service for Billing in IaaS/SaaS and Cloud Deployments and automatic provisioning capability to boot, configure and brand Aspera server images on AWS and private VMWare environments.
  • File md5sum reported through Console, manifest and post-processing environment with on-the-fly computation.
  • Ability to split an incoming transfer streams into multiple downstream transfers, transferring the incoming content to multiple Aspera Server endpoints simultaneously as part of a single high-speed transfer stream (CDN ingest and replication).
  • Localized versions available in Chinese, Japanese, French and Spanish in addition to English.

NEW: fasp Proxy 1.0 - high-performance proxy designed for fasp speed

  • Designed for fasp performance, the fasp Proxy is a high-speed proxy software engine allowing secure and transparent pass-through of fasp transfer sessions across secure DMZs without impeding transfer speeds or compromising the security of the network.

faspex 3.5 and Shares 1.5 – file sharing and collaboration

faspex 3.5 and Shares1.5, Aspera’s person-to-person and file sharing collaboration and sharing web applications are designed to run on premise or in the cloud while enabling secure sharing of content and metadata from any location with fine-grained access control. The latest releases are the culmination of the separate deployments of these two product platforms and offer new features along with full integration between sharing and package sending and receiving:

  • Secure browsing and publishing from remote sources and targets (cloud or on premise storage).
  • Aspera Shares are fully integrated with faspex as secure, access controlled receiving and publishing points.
  • Single sign-on (SAML) and support for multiple large directories for authentication (multiple Active Directories and LDAPs).
  • Automatic provisioning on AWS and VMWare with custom configuration and branding for multi-tenant deployments of web application for IaaS/SaaS offerings.
  • Ever expanding support for secure ad-hoc file exchange for media and metadata - site-to-site, person-to-person, ingest, sharing, distribution, exchange, and collaboration across cloud or on-premise, with seamless and secure access and publishing regardless of location.
  • Virtually all device types are supported: server, desktop, mobile, email, and browser with easy to use, lightweight client applications including Aspera Connect, Cargo and Microsoft Outlook Clients with the Aspera Add-in.
  • The updated faspex mobile app for iOS fully supports metadata and a new faspex app for Google Android devices is now available.

Aspera On Demand – Cloud ingest & delivery at maximum speed

  • Adding to its industry-leading support for high-speed transfer to Amazon Web Services S3, Aspera On Demand for Microsoft Windows Azure is now available including full support for Windows Azure BLOB storage, Windows Azure Media Services, and available through the new Windows Azure Store.
  • Integrated usage metering for billing, and new auto-provisioning and configuration tools to simplify multi-instance deployments.
  • Additional storage endpoints are supported, including direct transfer to OpenStack Swift and enablement for upcoming support by Akamai NetStorage (Summer 2013).

Aspera Console 2.0 - Centralized transfer activity management

  • A new user interface with many usability improvements such as multi-column sorting, searchable pages, and improved navigation.
  • New transfer queuing and management service allows for automatic concurrency management and pre-emptive reordering on transfers.
  • Real-time reporting has been enhanced with full support for Aspera Sync sessions, and a new md5sum reporting option.
  • Improved user administration includes support for Active Directory and LDAP for single sign on, and new event-based audit logging tracks user login and activity. 
  • Console reporting and management is now fully supported by the latest Apple iTunes Transporter.

Aspera Sync 2.0 – High-performance data synchronization

  • Files with the same content at the destination are de-duplicated, saving bandwidth, synchronization time, and disk storage on the target device.
  • Monitoring and bandwidth control is now available in Aspera Console (per session and cumulative synchronization stats and progress).
  • Platform support has also been expanded – Sync is now available on OS X, Solaris and BSD in addition to Windows and Linux
  • Introduction of a clusterable and scalable distributed file system watcher for fastest possible capture of file system changes on NAS (NFS, CIFS) deployments, clusters of ingest servers and very large numbers of files.

Aspera Orchestrator 2.0 – Workflow Automation

  • Additional deployment options include distributed run time engines for cooperative processing, full active-active high-availability configuration, multi-tenant deployments, and support for Active Directory and LDAP.
  • An expanded array of plug-ins including Amberfin, Elemental, iTunes, Microsoft Excel document parsing, Harmonic WFS, SFTP based hot folder, XMP tag read / write, XSD validation and XSLT Transformation for XML in addition to Aurora, Baton, clamAV, Digital Rapids, Envivio, FlipFactory, MediaInfo, Metaglue, PGP, Image Magik, and YouTube.
  • Validation of file format standards such as MXF, AS-11 and DPP file formats, and support for FIMS, an emerging specification for interoperable media components and services.
  • New web portlets which allow for dynamic creation of workflow forms.

Aspera SDK - fasp transport customization and integration

  • A major new release of Aspera’s SDK is available on the Aspera Developer Network, with many new features, enhancements, and sample code across the entire SDK product line.
  • Aspera is also introducing a host of new APIs for Shares, Console, and multi-tenant transfer platforms expected to ship in 2013.
  • Solutions integrated using the Aspera SDK by media technology partners including Avid, Brightcove (Zencoder ), Central Desktop, Dimetis, EMC/Isilon, EVS, Harmonic, HP, MediaBecon, Sony Media Cloud Services, Telestream, Vidispine will be highlighted at NAB.

For a full NAB Show 2013 summary please visit www.asperasoft.com/nab2013/