Is your MFT Smarter than my MFT?

24 07 2009

Managed File Transfer and secure data exchange requirements continue to grow.  More data, more systems and more processes and FTP just isn’t the right solution, in fact it has limited/no management or retry capabilities.

According to Gartner:

Numerous factors cause companies to re-examine how they manage the movement of information from system to system, partner to partner, and person to person. FTP [File Transfer Protocol] alone isn’t a viable option to give the insight, security, performance, and, ultimately, the risk mitigation necessary to responsibly conduct business.” (For more information, see Kenney, LF et al.: “Magic Quadrant for Managed File Transfer,” page 2, Gartner Research Publication ID Number G00157614, 23 June, 2008.)

Many vendors promote SFTP (secure file transfer protocol) solutions. The data is transferred through SSH, a network protocol that allows data to be exchanged using a secure channel. While SFTP offers a minimal amount of security, it still compromises both your data’s confidentiality and integrity. SFTP has inherent design flaws that are making this seemingly secure method of transfer as obsolete as FTP.

So the net is organizations today are looking to deliver more capabilities to the business in a centralized solution for managing secure file exchange.   The realities of most organizations today:

  • Your existing tools lack functionality, causing you to spend too much time and manual effort to try to compensate for this lack of functionality.
  • You have products with the above functionality, but the solution is too complex and expensive to be deployed everywhere the business needs it.
  • Your existing vendor is overcharging you and is too inflexible to meet all of your needs.
  • You have too many products and need an intelligent strategy to consolidate and move forward.

There needs to be a better way to do this, a more intelligent way.  So what’s your strategy?