Aspera Orchestrator

Aspera Orchestrator is a web-based application and SDK platform that enables precise control over the Aspera high-performance file transfer environment. It allows organizations to build efficient, predictable file processing pipelines that interconnect business units and external partners. With Orchestrator, files can be directed, processed and redirected with easy-to-define rules based on an organization’s workflows and using existing IT infrastructure. Aspera automation streamlines complex workflows, integrates seamlessly with third-party plug-ins and ensures that each processing step is accurately performed.


Use Cases

High-volume processing and transformation

Orchestrator scales fluidly and reliably for the extreme processing required by Big Data workflows such as high-volume video encoding, content ingest and distribution, verification and consolidation of scientific research data, or enterprise data collection and organization (e.g. seismic data for oil & gas exploration).

Secure Contribution and Distribution

Provide end-to-end secure transfers between suppliers and receivers, including user and endpoint authentication and authorization, encryption and integrations with antivirus or other security technologies.

Ultra High-speed Ingest

Receive content and data at high speeds from multiple sources around the world and seamlessly consolidate and merge the incoming files and folders. Integrate with high-speed storage platforms (on-premise or in the cloud) for scalable transfer performance across metropolitan and long haul networks, over any distance, with speeds of 10 Gbps and beyond.

Product Highlights

Easy-to-use interfaces for defining and monitoring complex workflows

  • Intuitive drag-and-drop, browser-based interface for fast and efficient graphical workflow composition.
  • Reusable workflow and workflow sub-sequence templates make it easy to create repeatable, consistent operations.
  • Execution dashboard and notifications enable real-time workflow oversight.

Powerful engine for logical, conditional execution

  • Rules engine can make decisions on the fly, based on transfer attributes, extracted metadata, user input, or outputs from preceding steps.
  • Automatic restart on transmission failures and support for parallel execution.
  • A rich library of plug-ins for leading transcoding, quality control, antivirus, ad insertion, digital fingerprinting and other solutions.
  • On-the-fly reordering of job queues enables real-time prioritization of critical items.

Integrated with Aspera fasp™ for maximum data transfer speeds

  • Scales for the most demanding file-based workflows, processing thousands of files per hour.
  • Precise bandwidth control ensures the entire allocated bandwidth is utilized to achieve maximum transfer speeds, while being fair to other traffic.
  • 100% reliable data delivery: automatically resumes partial transfers, retries failed transfers and falls back to HTTP for highly restrictive networks.

Intelligent and robust decision engine

The core decision engine within Orchestrator has been designed to support the most complicated workflows with multiple inputs, complex on-the-fly decision making, integration with third-party services and intelligent operator interaction.

  • Rules can bind inputs to actions on the fly, so that desired outputs can be derived from aspects of previous steps, such as their output, transfer attributes, extracted metadata, or user input received.
  • Supports parallel execution of all actions (e.g. parallel video encoding into multiple formats).
  • Seamlessly integrates human inputs into the automated execution, prompting for operator input with result being used as conditional inputs for the following execution steps (e.g. quality control decisions).
  • Job queues allow reordering of execution priority of multiple staged jobs.
  • Automatic restart on transmission failures and support for parallel execution.
  • A rich library of plug-ins for leading transcoding, quality control, antivirus, ad insertion, digital fingerprinting, DAM/MAM and other solutions.
  • XML-based API for management, monitoring and control from within third-party applications.
  • Integrates through web services (SOAP, REST, XML-RPC), commodity wire protocols (FTP, HTTP, SMB2, NFS, SCP), SSH and open APIs.

Intuitive Graphical Workflow DesigneR

  • A drag-and-drop, browser-based interface allows you to graphically compose workflow sequences of inputs, actions and outputs quickly and efficiently.
  • A rich library of workflow components ensures that virtually any business scenario can be supported, across a variety of industries and use cases.
  • Users can define reusable sub-workflows and export/import previously created workflow templates, ensuring repeatable, consistent operations.

Interactive Browser Interface for Tracking and Reporting

  • Execution dashboard and notifications enable real-time workflow oversight.
  • Drill down view for monitoring status of each step and any errors.
  • File view for history of operations and current status of each incoming file.
  • Configurable notifications for monitoring health of workflows, individual actions, or output destinations.

High Volume Processing

  • Supports the most demanding file-based workflows (thousands of media and metadata files per hour).
  • High availability system clustering with active-active configuration distributes and balances workorder execution across multiple run-time instances.
  • Modular execution engine allows time consuming tasks (transcoding, encryption, watermarking, format file format inspection) to be offloaded to specialized machines.
  • Uses FASP transport technology for all file transfers and is fully integrated with all Aspera transfer mechanisms.

Rich and Flexible Plug-in Architecture for Third-party process integration

Transcoding Database / Stores Antivirus

Video Format & Quality Control Ad Insertion & Media Planning Email

Encryption File Transfer Watermarking

Image Manipulation Media Management IT Management

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Workflow designer

Define/import workflow templates

Monitoring overview

Process manager

Plugin manager

Plugin workflow templates

Workflow tagging

Inline step journaling

Supported Platforms

Operating Systems: 

  • Linux 64 bit: RedHat 6.x, CentOS 6.x
  • Windows 64 bit: Windows 2008 R2, Windows 2012 R2

Web Browsers:

  • Firefox 27+
  • Google Chrome 32+
  • Safari 6+
  • Internet Explorer 8+

Minimum Hardware Requirements


  • Intel i3 2.53 GHz – 2 cores 
  • Intel i5 2.26 GHz – 4 cores 


  • 4 GB+


  • 10GB+ disk space

Screen resolution: 

  • 1024 x 768 or greater for GUI 

Contact your sales representative for assistance in sizing your environment.


Please contact Aspera sales for information about Orchestrator licensing and deployment.

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“With superior file transfer technology and its dynamic and flexible Orchestrator workflow management platform that makes it simple to integrate third-party processing tools, Aspera was the clear choice for us.”Adam Scott, Director Broadcast Operations at FOXTEL