The relentless growth in the size and amount of unstructured data being created, processed, moved, and stored continues to challenge businesses and the IT departments that support them. The distances between where the data is created and where it is needed are now global, yet users still have an expectation that the data should be immediately available. While network pipes are getting bigger, the effective transmission rates of large data files moved over these global distances are slow and bandwidth usage is very inefficient because the conventional technologies such as FTP, previously used to distribute the data are simply not designed to perform well in this environment.
Some industries have addressed the problem of data access with a content distribution network (CDN), which simply places the data at the edge of the network so that it is closer to the user avoiding the long delays in moving the data when the user needs it. The experience is greatly improved, but at a significant cost: CDNS rely on highly redundant infrastructure and replicated data across multiple locations.
For data distribution use cases where a CDN is impracticable such as point-to-point or ad-hoc content distribution, or simply not affordable, the alternative is a poor user experience: file sizes are limited, throughput is low, and transfer times are too long.
Aspera’s distribution solutions are built upon Aspera’s unique, high performance, secure and patented fasp™ transport technology. Aspera’s software can distribute file-based assets of any size from one geographic location to customers and partners around the world, without compromising performance or security. File transfers occur with maximum bandwidth efficiency and are stable, robust and predictable, even for the largest files, most challenging networks and distances, and highly concurrent and highly loaded transfer patterns.
The solutions are comprised of a high speed transfer server, deployed on premise in the data center, or in the cloud for unlimited on demand scale out, and a variety of client options including easy to use desktop clients, mobile apps, and browser-based interfaces.
Based on our patented fasp transfer protocol, Aspera’s distribution solutions eliminate the tradeoffs between data location and access, allowing the data to be located literally anywhere, and delivered at high-speed when and where it is needed.
Aspera’s software does not require proprietary hardware or appliances – the performance gains of fasp can be achieved on commodity hardware, deployed on your existing infrastructure. Users can choose from a variety of end user applications and interfaces such as Web, Desktop, Mobile, and email, providing complete freedom and flexibility in sending and receiving files and directories from any source to any destination.
The security model, based solely on open standards cryptography, consists of secure authentication of the transfer endpoints, on-the-fly data encryption over the wire and optionally at rest, and an integrity verification per data block, to safeguard against man-in-the-middle attacks.
File transfers can be initiated manually, scheduled, triggered with hot folders, or scripted programmatically through the command line interface. Scenarios include point-to-point distribution, point-to-multipoint, with automatic forwarding or custom pre and post delivery processing.
Digital delivery and collaborative file transfer with external partners
An ultra-fast, robust and secure delivery system to transfer work in progress and finished assets around the world between customers and vendors,
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