What's New

Aspera pioneered high-speed file transfer over commodity Internet WANs since 2004. Since then, video content has grown exponentially and the media supply chain has come to depend upon high-speed transfer in virtually every workflow.

Twelve years later, Aspera is launching into its second era to meet the needs of the evolving media landscape. Fast file transfer now interoperates with high performance streaming and is available as secure multi-tenant services. Content is transferred directly between cloud and on premises storage platforms. Performance barriers are broken, scaling WAN transfers beyond 10 Gigabits per second and supporting mass data movement of over 100 Terabytes per day; and transfer capabilities are now instantly-on brandable services for every company - small to large.

NEW FASP 3.6 & 3.7

NEW: FASPSTREAM SOFTWARE

Aspera's new FASPStream product line, a turnkey solution created from the ground up by Aspera, has the potential to revolutionize the way live and near-live video is transported. The new FASPStream software applications use the FASPStream transport to stream live video with broadcast quality over commodity Internet networks, globally, with glitch-free play out and negligible startup time. Download the Datasheet>>


FASP CORE TRANSPORT

The FASP 3.6 core is now available in all Aspera offerings - both On Premises and On Demand - and is the foundation that makes this new generation of Aspera possible, including the new multi-tenant Aspera Files SaaS. FASP 3.7 extends the core advancements in multi-tenancy and clustering, transport speed and performance, security and auditing, automation including file system watching and notification, and Direct-to-Cloud storage transfer capabilities.


MULTI-TENANT AND NATIVELY CLUSTERED

The core platform's transfer system is designed for multi-tenancy and native clustering. Each tenant can privately manage its storage available for Aspera transfer and file management via a new access key system – all public and private cloud storage systems, as well as SAN/NAS/local storage are supported. File transfer tasks and management reporting are automatically distributed to all nodes in the cluster for automatic failover, instant scale out, and cluster wide reporting.

 

PERFORMANCE BREAKTHROUGH ASCP4

The new ascp4 achieves a breakthrough in performance for file transfers by taking advantage of parallel I/O (i.e. lots of small files over 10 Gbps, clustered file systems). This new binary now ships for all transfer server and Point-to-Point Client products and can transfer 1 million files per minute which equates to 10 Gigabits per second for DPX files around the world.


NEW MULTI-NODE TRANSFER

The multi-node transfer capability in Aspera transfer servers and Point-to-Point Client products enables mass data transfers to cloud storage clusters (e.g. 120 Terabytes migrated per day). Transfer/replicate mass data sets including large directories and individual large files using multiple computers in a cluster, including Direct-to-Cloud storage.


SUPERFAST, SCALABLE FILE SYSTEM WATCH

Asperawatchd, a new high-performance file system notification service that ships in 3.7, monitors the file system for changes and updates an internal snapshot with a novel architecture that scales up for fast change notification in file systems with up to 100 million items. It can be deployed across distributed sources and can work with Aspera Sync and Aspera Watchfolder for super fast change notification and snapshot updates.


NEW ASPERA WATCHFOLDER

This new cross-platform directory watchfolder that can be centrally managed through Console 3.0 uses the new fast, scalable file system notifications to automate file and directory transfers. It also supports transfers of growing files, ordering of files as packages and advanced filtering.


EXPANDED ASPERA SYNC

Aspera's bidirectional synchronization software now supports cloud storage and has new capabilities for faster performance, distributed file watching, and improved reporting.


ENHANCED ASPERA PROXY

Aspera's high-speed forward and reverse proxy software is now available in version 1.4 and includes reverse proxy support for Aspera Sync and Drive.

 

New In Direct-to-Cloud


AUTOSCALE TRANSFER CLUSTER MANAGER

The Autoscale software is compatible with all Aspera On Demand products for SoftLayer and AWS, and it is now available for Google (Azure coming soon). It automatically scales the number of Aspera server nodes for client transfer demands up and down based on user-defined policies and SLAs and provides high availability monitoring, restart and reporting for critical Aspera services.


DIRECT-TO-CLOUD TRANSFER FEATURES

Aspera's unique high-speed transfer with cloud storage has been dramatically expanded with support for 10 different object stores: adding HDFS, IBM Cleversafe, NetApp Cloud and the AWS GovCloud to our previously available SoftLayer Swift, AWS S3, Azure BLOB, Google Storage, Akamai NetStorage, and Limelight Object Storage.


NEW SUPERFAST HVM IMAGES

New superfast HVM image types for AWS can achieve double the performance per instance compared to standard images. Many new features enable faster performance and better security and functionality, such as server-side encryption at rest, small file transfers to cloud at 500 Mbps+ via ascp4, and cluster transfers for mass data migrations.

 

NEW IN COLLABORATIVE FILE EXCHANGE

 

ASPERA FILES SAAS

Aspera's new groundbreaking multi-tenant SaaS solution for sending and sharing large files and data sets directly from cloud and on premises storage launched in late 2015 now has over 1000 organizations on-boarded. Since the launch, Aspera has introduced many new capabilities across the platform for enhanced collaboration, user experience, and management. Aspera Files is now available with a flexible Pay-as-you-go option in addition to pre-committed volume annual plans, and can be purchased directly from the Aspera Store. The new Aspera Usage Portal displays all transfer usage for your Files and On Demand plans.


FASPEX 4.0

Faspex 4.0 is a major new version of Aspera's popular server software application for high speed, secure file and directory exchange integrated with email. A large number of enhancements in response to the Aspera user community feedback include enterprise user management, custom branding, usability, and administrative ease. Additionally, a next generation API allows Faspex to be used as a backend platform for distributed relay of package content between a network of Aspera servers.


Shares 1.9 and 2.0

Aspera is previewing Shares 2.0, a major new architecture of the popular Aspera Shares application for high speed transfer and directory based authorization in the enterprise. Shares 2.0 is designed in response to user demand to scale Shares across diverse projects and users communities  with new features to group Shares and Users into Projects, and delegate Project and Share authorization and user management to authorized users, while maintaining single sign on and a common administrative portal. Aspera is also demonstrating the features in its latest 1.9 release including comprehensive new user and share management APIs.


NEW IN CLIENT APPLICATIONS

ASPERA DESKTOP & POINT-TO-POINT CLIENT 3.6

Now supports Aspera Files including interactive file and folder browsing, upload / download, and hot folder functionality. A new Native Key Store uses the desktop OS's native secret key store to store passwords for remote connections. Point-to-Point Client ships with the new ascp4 binary as an add-on and the new Watchfolder with Command Line and Console Management.


ASPERA DRIVE 2.0

Aspera Drive 2.0 brings Aspera Files into the Mac and Windows desktop with browsing of remote Workpaces content, transfer and sync of files and directories. Users can send packages with drag-and drop, preview the contents of remote folders and packages including thumbnail and video previews, and synchronize packages and remote files and folders to and from Files.

 ASPERA CONNECT 3.6

The latest version of Aspera's universal browser client has a new (plug-in free) architecture keeping pace with the most recent native APIs in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and MS Edge browsers, bringing high speed transfer via a rich JavaScript API for all major browsers. We are also previewing a new webRTC stack that extends the next-generation Aspera Connect core for streaming video.


ASPERA CARGO 1.6

Cargo makes it possible to automatically download files, directories and packages from Aspera faspex servers over global distances with fast, reliable performance and complete security. It works with the new Aspera Virtual Catcher, allowing for service providers, telco's, retailers, and film studios to replace expensive satellite delivery systems with low cost, high performance Aspera file delivery.


ASPERA ADD-IN FOR MICROSOFT OUTLOOK 1.4

This add-in for Outlook provides high-speed, secure transfer of large files and directories from within Outlook via Aspera faspex. The latest release now supports SAML single sign on for users sending large files and directories within Outlook and supports Outlook 2016.


MOBILE APPLICATIONS

The Aspera mobile product suite sports exciting new Files applications for iOS and Android with tight integration with camera, photo gallery and 3rd party editing applications to seamlessly send video and images directly to Files. A new Faspex Mobile App for iOS and Android has improved metadata handling, support for multi-SAML sign-on, and cross-device app integration. A newly released Mobile Uploader for Android complements the popular iOS version for sending video and files to Aspera servers. All apps have the FASP 3.6 core, as does a new modern mobile SDK now available on the Aspera Developer Network for iOS and Android.

NEW IN MANAGEMENT AND AUTOMATION

ASPERA VIRTUAL CATCHER ("AVC")

Aspera Virtual Catcher is a new application that allows broadcasters and service providers to convert traditional satellite pitcher/catcher workflows to low cost file transfers over Internet WAN using Aspera software. AVC works in conjunction with Aspera Cargo or Point-to-Point through a set of purpose-built workflows combined with configuration and status screens for ensuring pitched packages are completely received, validated and handed off the recipient's CMS. AVC validates received files with the ADI 1.1 specification and hands off the content via direct API integration with leading CMS systems (Arris, etc.) Package status is confirmed to the pitching operators via email with a lightweight Dashboard that provides progress tracking of the process.


ASPERA CONSOLE 3.1Aspera Console for Centralized Management, Monitoring, and Control

Aspera Console, the comprehensive management and reporting application for Aspera transfers and nodes, has been expanded to support reporting of transfers from Autoscale clusters and has various new features for transfer automation and user experience.

 ASPERA ORCHESTRATOR 2.6

Orchestrator 2.6, Aspera's comprehensive workflow orchestration platform, now supports over, Snell, Fortium, Ateme, Minnetonka, MOG, and Interra Baton. Many exciting new features enhance the Workflow Designer, support step-wise versioning, yield faster execution, and provide new Dashboard Activity and Statistics screens show visual progress of every executing workflow and historical analytics. Orchestrator now supports over 150 3rd party plug-ins including Dalet, Dolby, Xytech, SGL FlashNet, Snell, Marquis, Emotion, ShowMgr, ARRIS CMM, CATDV and Interra Baton.

New in Analytics

Aspera Analytics

Aspera Analytics is a beta cloud-based platform for analytics, visualization, anreporting that allows Aspera business users, administrators and operators the ability to generate vivid visualizations of transfer history and usage. Users can ingest standard Aspera logs to view relevant trends, verify key delivery SLAs, and quickly troubleshoot transfer performance. 

Interactive zoom and filter capabilities provide a view of the data across several dimensions such as time, user, IP, and more. Analytics supports drill downs into key metrics such as bytes transferred, bandwidth used, and file statistics over time at both an aggregate or individual node level.

3RD PARTY INTEGRATIONS & ASPERA SDK

The Aspera FASP SDK available on the Aspera Developer Network offers an open platform to integrate Aspera’s transfer capabilities with desktop, web, server and cloud media management systems of all kinds.
Aspera and its partners have developed four major new offerings integrating Aspera tightly into their products: Avid Media Composer, Editshare Flow, AutoDCP, and Telestream Cloud.