In a recent article in Government Computer News, Chris Steel, chief solutions architect for Software AG Government Solutions, wrote that traditional file transfer protocol (FTP) solutions are showing their age and creating problems – from login timeouts to outdated encryption leaving data at risk – for government agencies.
FTP wasn’t designed to be secure, but modern, automated managed file transfer (MFT) solutions are, according to Steel, and are, “a quantum leap forward” compared to legacy systems. For example, “With MFT, there is no need to develop a custom code for routine functions like delivery confirmation, reporting, audit, security provisioning and trading partner/community management.”
Steel went on to outline 10 reasons that government agencies should modernize and move to an MFT solution to avoid risk. In addition to offering greater security and lowering the risk for business disruption, MFT offers programming interfaces to address integration needs. Here are highlights from Steel’s top 10:
- Improved ease of compliance with regulatory mandates: Sophisticated MFT solutions provide granular control, so agencies can define who can send, read and update them.
- Better scalability and integration: Modern MFT solutions are built on open protocols and integrate with modern messaging (MQ, Java Message Service-JMS), among things.
- Lower operating costs through eliminating the expense of maintaining multiple file transfer solutions: In addition to securing internal transfers between different file systems, MFT can replace legacy peer-to-peer MFT products, which are inefficient and expensive.
- Support for larger files (1GB+): MFT systems can provide acceleration for larger file transfers to overcome latency introduced by geographical separation. Modern MFT products also can stream files, allowing for processing without waiting for a full download to complete.
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