ASPERA drive

File sharing and synchronization services have become popular because of the growing need to improve both data access and document sharing across teams. However, concerns over security, service levels and the underlying technology itself has limited adoption to simple collaboration scenarios with small teams and small files.


Unlike the myriad of “Drive,” “File Sync” and “File Sharing” services on today’s Internet, Aspera Drive provides teams with the ability to quickly and securely share and exchange “big data” directly from the desktop, making it easier than ever to initiate secure Aspera high-speed transfers.

Built on top of the Aspera FASP® high-speed transfer platform, Drive enables high-performance transfer and synchronization of files and data sets of virtually any size, with maximum speed at any
distance, regardless of network conditions with the
full access control, privacy and security.

The innovative architecture eliminates the trade off decisions of access, security, infrastructure and cost, allowing deployments on dedicated or hybrid infrastructure combining on premise and in the cloud compute and storage.

 

 

Product Highlights

Remotely Browse

Remotely browse projects, authorized Shares and Files Workspaces directly from the desktop interface, rather that being forced to switch to a web based view. Folders and files on the remote server are all directly accessible from within Aspera Drive.

Share Your Files and Content

Collaborate on multiple projects simultaneously through the desktop interface. Move files and folders of any size to and from remote Shares/Workspaces, or across Shares/Workspaces, with a simple drag and drop within Windows Explorer and Mac Finder to initiate a high-speed transfer, and receive email notification when project members upload new content.

Send and Receive Packages

Aspera Drive provides an integrated desktop experience. Easily send large files or entire directories  by right-clicking on a file or folder and entering the recipients email address to send a faspex package. You can enable faster, more efficient collaboration between teams that are spread around the globe.

Keep Teams in Sync

Subscribe and automatically receive faspex packages to your Drive Inbox, or enable background synchronization to ensure the local Drive contents always mirror the content in the remote project Share.

Keep Content Secure

Keep your files and folders as public or private as you want. All data remains secure with a powerful and flexible security model combining authorization, and access control. Files are transferred using FASP, which protects your digital assets through SSH authentication, in-transit and at-rest encryption, and data integrity verification for each transmitted block.

UNRIVALED PERFORMANCE

Powered by the Aspera FASP high-speed transfer platform, Aspera Drive enables high-performance transfer and synchronization of files and data sets of virtually any size directly from the desktop.

  • Easily handles extremely large files and data sets, including entire directory structures
  • Files are transferred and synchronized at high speed, regardless of file sizes, transfer distance, or network conditions.
  • Precise bandwidth control ensures the entire allocated bandwidth is utilized to achieve maximum transfer speeds, while being fair to other business-critical network traffic.
  • 100% reliable data delivery with real-time reporting of transfer progress and performance.

INTEGRATED Desktop Experience

The intuitive desktop file explorer interface makes it easy to share, synchronize and exchange Big Data directly from the desktop, making it easier than ever to initiate secure Aspera high-speed transfers.

  • Securely synchronize, browse, share, and rapidly send & receive very large files and data sets stored remotely or locally
  • Tight integration with Windows Explorer and OSX Finder allows users to create and send packages directly from the desktop with email contact suggestion
  • Preview the contents of Remote Folders and Packages including thumbnail and video previews.
  • Browse/rename/delete remote shared folders and received packages within Files Workspaces
  • Transfer files and directories between remote Aspera transfer nodes and the desktop interface with drag and drop

Data Access and Content Sharing

Aspera Drive enables large files and data sets to be shared and exchanged easily from within the desktop explorer.

  • Consolidate data access across multiple projects and Shares.
  • Remotely browse projects and authorized Shares directly from the desktop rather than switching to a web based view.
  • Easily move files and folders to and from remote Shares or across Shares with a simple drag and drop to initiate a high-speed transfer.
  • Right click to send a faspex package of files and folders to your team using a simple email style interface.
  • Subscribe to automatically receive faspex packages to your Drive Inbox.
  • Drive synchronization sessions are reported in Console.

  • Enables background file synchronization to ensure the local Drive contents always mirror the content in the remote with remote sites, servers and other Drive users.

  • Synchronize multiple remote content stores and FIles workspaces to local storage in the background mirroring across multiple users, servers, and sites
  • Automatically sync shared folders with Files and automatically subscribe and download new packages from Files for scalable client distribution
  • Supports a large number of concurrent Drive sync sessions (up to 300-500 per Aspera server host).

POWERFUL SECURITY AND ACCESS MODEL

All data remains secure with a powerful and flexible security model combining authorization and access control.

  • Integration with SAML, Active Directory, and LDAP for secure authentication and authorization
  • Data access and all end-user operations such as browsing, uploading, downloading, making new directories, renaming or deleting files and directories are governed by the security model.
  • Aspera FASP ensures the data is protected through SSH authentication, encryption over the wire and at rest, and data integrity verification for each transmitted block.

Innovative Architecture

Aspera Drive unifies the file sharing and package sending capabilities of Aspera Files, Shares and faspex into an easy to use desktop experience.  Users can quickly setup synchronization of remote data stores runing at enterprise on-premises locations as well as on cloud platforms. 

  • Transfers servers and the Web application tier can be deployed on premises, in the cloud or in any combination offering complete flexibility in deployment options to address the full spectrum of client needs and requirements
  • Native support for direct transfer to IBM Bluemix, Google Cloud Storage, OpenStack Swift, Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure Blob enables direct high-speed transfer to, from and between cloud and on premise infrastructure.
  • Multi-tenant domain management and integrated remote transfer node support across an on premise or cloud-infrastructure so you can "bring your own transfer node to the platform".
  • Browse, upload, download, send and share files and packages from remote stores in the Aspera products that include Aspera Files Workspaces, Aspera add-in enabled Sharepoint Libraries, Aspera Shares folders, and faspex inboxes. 

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 7, 8, 10
  • Mac OS X 10.8+

Aspera Software Prerequisites

(one of the following)

  • Aspera Shares 1.8.1 or higher, with Enterprise Server 3.5.x or higher with a Drive-enabled license
  • Aspera Enterprise Server 3.5.x or higher with a Drive-enabled license
  • Aspera Faspex 3.8.1, with or higher with a Enterprise Server 3.5.x or higher with a Drive-enabled license

If you require Aspera Drive with the synchronization feature, you must also have Aspera Enterprise Server 3.5.x or later with an Aspera Sync-enabled license.

licensing

Aspera Drive is licensed on a per user basis. 

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Shares

Aspera Shares provides a simple and intuitive way for companies to share files and directories of any size within their organization or with external customers and partners. An easy to use web interface consolidates browsing across multiple locations spanning enterprise datacenters, public or private clouds. The powerful and flexible security model is administered through a single management point combining authorization, user management, and access control.

SYnc 

Aspera Sync is purpose-built by Aspera for high-performance, scalable, multidirectional asynchronous file replication and synchronization. Designed to overcome the performance and scalability shortcomings of conventional synchronization tools like rsync, Aspera Sync can scale up and out for maximum speed replication and synchronization over WANs, for today’s largest big data file stores—from millions of individual files to the largest file size

FASPEXTM

faspex is a web application that provides an easy, flexible and secure collaboration platform for exchanging files of any size, over any distance.

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What's New

Preview of What's new with Aspera Drive 3.1 (Coming soon!)

Drive 3.1 brings dramatic new remote collaboration capabilities:

  • Check-in / Check-out for Collaborative Editing -A new check-out option allows users to check out and download their own local copy of files from Aspera Files and make local changes exclusively, while other users can continue to download and view the master copy without modification. The user can easily check-in finished versions to Aspera Files, which automatically uploads the file and replaces the master copy. Users can right-click to display the metadata of any file, including its checked out status and current owner for easy management. Users can also conveniently view all of their checked out files in one consolidated "Local Checkouts" area for easy access and management (check-in, revert, etc.) Also supports check-in and check out as Drive performs sync
  • New remote Share-to-Share transfer capabilities - Users can now "move" and "copy" files in the infrastructure through simply dragging-and-dropping or menu options directly in the remote browsing view, enabling local or around-the-world high speed transfers directly from the user's desktop
  • New Mount in OS X Finder & Windows Explorer for Seamless Open and Save - Via a new mount in Finder and Windows Explorer, this latest version of Drive allows user to open remote files directly in the corresponding local application for editing and to save files directly from their local applications back to the Aspera Drive with the option to then check in the file to upload back to the infrastructure
  • Expanded Remote Permission Options - The remote browsing view in Drive 3.0 supports an expanded set of operations including direct preview of eligible files from Aspera Files
  • Support for Aspera Shares 2.0 - Provides expanded permission model; node to node transfers; drag and drop to Aspera Shares and Files with Drive. Drive supports Shares 2 Organization hierarchy with navigation
  • Replace "Send to..." option in menu with "Share to..."

Since Drive 2.1, Drive supports Single Sign On for Files, Shares and Faspex and provides all functions (remote browsing, sync, transfer and package transfer) via both HTTP(s)/DNAT and FASP proxies for universal enterprise deployment.  Drive also supports sending to Dropboxes. For Reporting, Drive reports the signed on user directly to its backend application, e.g. Shares, Faspex, and Files, as a tag that can be used as a custom reporting field for per user reporting in the Aspera Console.

  • Previous Releases

    WHAT'S NEW WITH Aspera DRIVE 2.1

    • Since Drive 2.1, Drive supports single sign on for Files, Shares and Faspex and provides all functions (remote browsing, sync, transfer and package transfer) via both HTTP(s)/DNAT and FASP proxies for universal enterprise deployment. Drive also supports sending to Dropboxes. For Reporting, Drive reports the signed on user directly to its backend application, e.g. Shares, Faspex, and Files, as a tag that can be used as a custom reporting field for per user reporting in the Aspera Console.

    What's new with Aspera Drive 2.0

    Drive 2.0 for Windows and Mac is a major new version fully integrated with Aspera Files, as well as supporting Faspex and Shares, and allows users to :

    • Remotely Browse/Rename/Delete remote Shared Folders and Received Packages contents within Files Workspaces.
    • Transfer files and directories, directly to/from Files nodes from within the desktop with drag-and drop.
    • Tight integration with Windows Explorer and OS X Finder allows users to create and send packages directly from the Files desktop with email contact suggestion.
    • Preview the contents of Remote Folders and Packages including thumbnail and video previews.
    • Double-click to automatically download and open the file in its native application.
    • Automatically sync shared folders with Files and automatically subscribe and download new packages from Files for scalable client distribution.
    • For Faspex, remotely view package details and select and download individual Faspex packages, automatically check and download all new packages, and send packages directly from the desktop
    • For Shares, browse, rename, delete, transfer, and sync files within authorized Shares
    • For Sharepoint browse/rename/delete and transfer files from the Microsoft Sharepoint document libraries and check-in/check-out assets
    • Plus all of the core security and authentication enhancements of Drive 1.3.5.

    What's new with Aspera Drive 1.3.5

    Drive 1.3.5 supports the latest features of Faspex and Shares:

    • SAML authentication in addition to AD/LDAP and local user authentication.
    • Fully support for HTTP proxies including with SAML authentication.
    • Integrated 3.6 core software with multiple server side synchronization enhancements that significantly increase the capable number of concurrent Drive sync sessions (up now to 300-500 per Aspera server host).
    • Expanded security using the native Windows crypto API and keychain support on OS X for storing user credentials.
    • Improved reporting to Aspera Console including Drive user account available in session tags and sync sessions fully reported to Console (with ES 3.6.1 or higher). Search transfer history or create custom reporting fields by Driver user.
    • Expanded automatic configuration for enterprise deployment with all Aspera Sync options exposed through the Drive configuration file.