faspex

Aspera faspex™ provides an intuitive, efficient way for individuals and groups to collaborate and exchange files and directories of any size, over any distance. Aspera breaks the bottleneck for big data—through an easy, flexible, and secure web platform for global person-to-person file collaboration and delivery. Using faspex™, collaborators can easily send, receive, and share information from anywhere in the world.

Users can choose from a variety of user interfaces and applications to send and receive digital deliveries including an easy-to-use web interface, an add-in for Microsoft Outlook client, Aspera faspex mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, or Aspera Cargo, a simple automatic download desktop widget. Recipients are notified via e-mail and Aspera’s patented fasp™ transport technology handles the high-speed movement of data to and from the server.

Built for enterprise workflows of any scale, Aspera faspex™ is available for on-premise and in the cloud on-demand deployments. It includes comprehensive user and server administration capabilities, can be remotely monitored and controlled via Aspera Console – Aspera’s centralized web-based transfer management application, and provides comprehensive security and optional encryption of the file content over the wire and at rest while it is stored on the server.

Use Cases

Exchange of digital assets within and outside of the enterprise

Securely send and receive files or entire directories of any size with users across the globe, over any distances or networks, via desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones; all at speeds that are up to thousands of times faster than FTP and HTTP.

Collaboration enablement for geographically distributed teams

Enable faster, more efficient collaboration between teams that are spread around the globe by enabling them to easily exchange large files or entire project directories using a familiar email-style workflow.

Automated distribution of files

Automate receipts of digital deliveries, especially when content is sent in from multiple entities, saving time and hassle, and reducing the risk of losing files due to human errors in a manual process.

File-based review, approval and quality assurance workflows

Set up drop boxes for data submissions and easily customize digital package submissions with metadata requirements that trigger automated post-receipt file processing.

Secure file contribution for remote users and partner companies

Create custom user registration policies that enable self-registration and allow ad-hoc submissions and distributions that do not require a faspex account.

Product Highlights

Flexible Workflows

To enable a variety of file-based workflows, Aspera faspex™ supports drop boxes for ad-hoc content submission, remote source publishing for browsing and sending content from remote servers (enterprise and cloud), configurable metadata submission requirements for public and private drop boxes, and moderated or un-moderated third-party self-registration. Both drop box and standard submissions, as well as faspex's multi-server relay features, are fully integrated with the Aspera Cargo, allowing easy end-to-end faspex™ distribution of content to global clients.

File Format Validation

To support the emerging standards for broadcast file format validation (such as AS11 / DPP MEDIA), the extensible framework supports post-transfer processing and validation via plug-ins, which integrate with 3rd party software such as Metaglue.

Complete security

Advanced encryption-at-rest policies can be defined for standard package sending and drop boxes.  Individual drop boxes can be configured to require encryption-at-rest for all content contributed through the drop box. Policies can be set per drop box or system wide, and include a new policy allowing the sender to determine if encryption at rest is used. Fully integrated with Aspera Cargo and Aspera Connect, the decryption of downloaded packages is a simple one-click operation.

Unlimited Scale Out

A 3-tier application architecture allows the underlying Enterprise Server to be deployed in a cluster, separate from the faspex™ web application for unlimited scale out of transfer performance and network capacity.

Maximum data transfer performance

  • Transfers are powered by fasp™ - packages are sent at high-speed, regardless of file sizes, transfer distance, or network conditions
  • Precise bandwidth control for maximum transfer speeds and fairness to other traffic.
  • 100% reliable data delivery with automatic resumes of partial transfers and retries of failed transfers.
  • fasp proxy enables high-speed transfers within restrictive networks with the option of HTTP fallback.

Designed for fast, efficient collaboration

  • Easy-to-use email-style workflows for distributing and exchanging files and directories with individuals or teams.
  • Choice of interfaces for high-speed upload and download of faspex™ packages: browser plug-in, desktop applications, Microsoft Outlook add-in for package transfers directly within Outlook, and iOS mobile app supporting transfers via Wi-Fi/3G/4G.
  • Remote source publishing (enterprise and cloud) allows users to browse any remote storage location and attach files or directories to a faspex™ package.
  • Private or public drop-boxes for content contribution, with identity confirmation, tracking and notifications.
  • Easily invite anyone to send packages to faspex users; all they need is a valid email address.
  • Self-registration for 3rd parties with moderated and un-moderated configuration.
  • Simple user and group management for project-based collaboration.
  • Private sending option helps protect recipients' identities (no recipient sees other recipients' information).
  • Integrated e-mail notifications for delivery (CC or BCC) and successful download.
  • Custom Metadata collection with integrated reporting.

Comprehensive User Management and Access Control

  • Comprehensive administration, user management & access control with secure authentication
  • LDAP directory services integration for import, synchronization, direct authentication, and secure authentication.
  • Configurable security options include session timeout, concurrent login prevention, automatic deactivation after successive failed login attempts, and comprehensive package access and expiration policies.
  • User account administration enables password self reset and strength enforcement, user expiration, access restrictions by user or IP address, time-limited sessions, and recipient list management.
  • Workgroup can be easily set up and managed with easy membership configuration, group sending privileges, and group leader designation with control over adding/removing users.

 Bulletproof Security

  • Integrated with LDAP directory services for import, synchronization, direct authentication, and secure authentication, scalable to thousands of users.
  • Configurable AES-128 data encryption available over the wire and at rest.
  • Encryption policies can be defined for standard package sending and for ad-hoc content submission through drop boxes, and can be set system wide or per drop box.
  • Encrypted packages can be decrypted on the fly when downloaded by the recipient using one of the faspex™ clients such as the iOS faspex™ Client, Aspera Add-in for Outlook, Aspera Connect browser plug-in, or Aspera Cargo.
  • The sender may choose when and to whom to distribute the secret passphrase, and thus prevent unauthorized users from accessing the content, and control when recipients are able to decrypt the downloaded content.
  • Configurable security options include session timeout, concurrent login prevention and automatic deactivation after successive failed login attempts, configurable password strength, and private address book to secure users' names and emails.

 Reliable enterprise-grade solution

  • Highly concurrent user connection architecture.
  • HTTP fallback for highly restrictive network environments
  • Unlimited scale out of transfer performance and network capacity by deploying Aspera Enterprise Servers in a cluster, separate from the Aspera faspex™ web application.
  • Active / Active highly available cluster configuration with shared storage ensures continuous availability of the faspex™ application.
  • Multi-site support with automated bi-directional relays between sites and servers.
  • Single point of management for large, distributed environments.

Custom workflow integrations

  • Enforceable custom metadata submission requirements, metadata validation, and optional output into XML files.
  • Automatic triggering of post-processing functions after upload completion.
  • Custom programmatic integrations via a command line tool or a Web Services API.

Cloud ready

  • Available on demand via Amazon Web Services subscription.
  • Seamless integration with Amazon S3 cloud storage and optimized data transfers directly into S3 with Aspera’s Direct-to-S3 transfer technology.
  • Seamless integration with Microsoft Azure Blob storage, with high-speed transfer directly to the underlying cloud storage.
  • Supports all faspex client and mobile options.

Operating Systems Supported by the Latest Version

Windows XP/2003/ 2008, Linux. Have another operating system? Check other faspexversions.

Web Browsers Supported by the Latest Version

Internet Explorer 6/7/8/9, Safari 3/4/5/5.1 (32- and 64-bit version of Safari 4 and 5), Firefox 2/3/3.5/3.6/4.7+, Chrome

Check compatibility with older Connect Server versions.

Minimum Hardware REquirements

Refer to the minimum hardware requirements for your operating system.

Additionally, faspex requires:

  • 4 GB of RAM on any supported operating system.

Licensing

Perpetual or annual (recurring) multi-tiered licensing based on transfer bandwidth capacity and a specified number of concurrent user accounts. One license per installed host for a single host license, or one license per installed server cluster, for a high availability (HA) license. Includes license entitlement for Aspera Connect browser plug-in. Optional license add-ons include Aspera Mobile, Aspera Embedded Client, Aspera Cargo, Aspera Add-in for Microsoft Outlook

Also available as a subscription service with Aspera On Demand, with pricing based on usage and subscription term length.

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CARGO

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adD-IN FOR mICROSOFT oUTLOOK

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CONSOLE

Web application for transfer management, monitoring and control across your entire Aspera network.

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  • Universal Pictures - Enabling global collaboration for major movie production
  • Random House - Automated, global production workflow for audiobook publishing
  • Deluxe Digital Studios - Expanding digital content ingest and delivery capacity to meet growing global demand for post services
  • Fuel VFX - Completing the transition to file-based workflows with high-speed faspex™ digital delivery

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“Aspera was able to quickly integrate into our existing Linux infrastructure to give us the required high-speed transfers to our partners around the world. The faspex™ web-based interface is very easy for our employees to use and includes all they key features we need.” Dylan Penhale, CTO at Fuel VFX