Blog: Governance Still Drives Prioritized MFT and File Acceleration

The need for proactive governance mechanisms on accelerated transfers, as well as common file transfers, remains.

Until now, file acceleration has been delivered as a one-off product. If you had to send a file fast, you would fire up a separate, proprietary high-speed file transfer product and send it through. While that specific accelerated file transfer may get done, companies are still tasked with reactively managing and monitoring other routine file transfers using another solution.

So how do you track and report on these unintegrated high-speed file transfers? Is that a separate addendum report to your standardized file transfer logs?

The need for proactive governance mechanisms on those accelerated transfers, as well as common file transfers, remains. But what if your high-speed file transfer solution was just another protocol in your MFT platform, which can deliver on that governance for you?

The perils of using too many different file transfer solutions can accumulate pretty quickly. With an advanced governance layer across all transfers, what is being sent, to whom, and from whom are questions IT administrators can now answer when they are asked:

  • How were the file transfers secured?
  • How are they being scheduled?
  • Are they part of a more significant business process?
  • Can they be viewed in the dashboard or in a report?

The real power of prioritization, then, comes alongside the sophistication and maturity of a robust managed file transfer (MFT) solution, which provides that governance and the reporting on that governance. Prioritization is now another option when it comes to moving data throughout your organization and among your partners.

Most business models for file acceleration push for users to create new bandwidth pipes to handle the speed in saturation of data that comes with prioritization. Even after making those capital investments, these users find out the technology provider has placed arbitrary pricing tiers that discourage the full use of the bandwidth they are supposed to be providing.

To get around that, it’s not uncommon for companies to wait until their offices and data centers are doing minimal data transfer to maximize bandwidth but stay under specific pricing. In other words, they pay for prioritization but are limited by cost. Is that really file acceleration at all?

Modern prioritization models let companies dictate priority without fear of an exorbitant bill next month. If you choose to move 50 GB at 9 a.m. from New York City to Singapore and you want to flood your pipe, we say go for it!

Along with the profile of your partner or endpoint, the service-level agreement (SLA), and the data payload, we believe that priority should be a first-class citizen in all data movement scenarios, and that it should be deployable right from within your MFT technology. The combination of a specific partner, a specific payload, and specific SLAs combined with prioritization creates the opportunity for unique business outcomes, which are critical differentiators between you and your competitors and are the reason your customers choose to do business with you.

A file acceleration solution provider shouldn’t be designating your priority transfers. Find out how an accelerated file transfer solution arms global organizations with cost-effective acceleration and governance to not only keep up with the speed of business but actually define it.

This is the third and final installment of our blog series on prioritized managed file transfer. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2.

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