With the use of cloud storage solutions now becoming the norm, you're no doubt encountering more situations where your business has to transfer files between cloud storage services (e.g. from Amazon S3 to Azure Files). If you haven't read this post yet, you're probably doing it the wrong way.
How some businesses are doing it
Businesses that lack skilled IT staff often get by with manual methods of transferring files from one cloud service to another. For example, they might just login to the GUI of one service (e.g. DropBox), download the files they want to transfer, logout, log in to the other service (e.g. Google Drive), and then upload the files they downloaded earlier.
This method is not only very time consuming, but also prone to error and susceptible to data leaks. Whoever's tasked to carry out the manual transfer might, for example, grab files from the wrong folder or unintentionally leave copies on his/her PC. Or, if that person has malicious intentions, he/she might deliberately steal, alter, or delete sensitive data.
Companies who are fortunate enough to have skilled IT staff would obviously be better off. If they have an IT admin who knows how to write scripts, that admin might be able to develop workflows that would automatically transfer files between cloud storage services.
Now, that person must be very good because different cloud services have different APIs. Whoever has to write the scripts should be very familiar with the intricacies of each cloud storage solution.
That's a problem. Scripts are often ad-hoc solutions that are usually hard to troubleshoot and rarely get documented. What if the person who wrote them gets reassigned or, worse, leaves the company? Those scripts could then become a liability.
There will be instances when a certain workflow changes and you need to edit the underlying scripts. If there's no one in your organization who is as skilled with writing scripts, let alone familiar with the inner workings of those particular scripts, there may be no other choice but to rewrite them.
Factors to consider
As a business leader, there are some crucial factors you need to consider before transferring files from one cloud storage service to another.
If you ever have to transfer files between cloud storage services on a regular basis, it's better to automate the entire process. Automation would eliminate or significantly minimize errors, ensure timely delivery, and reduce risk. However, as discussed earlier, script-based automation also causes certain issues.
It would be much better if your automation-enabling solution is easy to use, replicate, document, and administer. It should be simple enough that any new admin could step in and take over the management of those automated workflows.
Security and compliance
Most business-related data transfers involve a lot of sensitive data. Some of them might even be covered by data protection laws and regulations like PCI DSS, HIPAA, and GDPR. It's therefore imperative that these transfers be secured with encryption, access control, antivirus, and other controls.
In addition, because some of these transfers might be time-sensitive, it's also important that they be made less susceptible to downtime. Data transfer systems with high availability capabilities should be a basic requirement.
Support for multiple cloud storage solutions
With the demand for cloud storage on the rise, transfers between cloud storage services are increasingly involving an ever growing number of cloud storage providers who are eager to meet that demand.
It's becoming more common for a single organization to transfer data to multiple cloud storage services, including Amazon S3, Azure Files, Google Cloud Storage, IBM Cloud, Box, DropBox, and many others. So, when you're scouting for a solution, you'll want that solution to support as many cloud services as possible.
We always strive to improve cost efficiencies in all our business processes. The process of transferring files between cloud storage services shouldn't be an exception. One inefficiency you must strive to eliminate is having to download files to an intermediary system (e.g. a file transfer server).
If a simple transfer from one cloud service to another has to involve downloading data from the source cloud storage service to an intermediary system and then uploading from the intermediary system to the destination cloud storage service, that system will need to have sufficient storage capacity, especially if some of those transfers involve large files. As much as possible, files shouldn't have to be stored (even temporarily) in the intermediary system.
Why JSCAPE MFT Server is the best option for businesses
When you take into consideration all these factors, one file transfer solution stands out — JSCAPE MFT Server. Let me explain why.
When it comes to automating file transfers, JSCAPE MFT Server is the best in the business. Its GUI-based automation-enabling feature known as Triggers makes automating workflows quick and easy. It will only take a new server admin a few minutes to understand the basic concept of creating a trigger.
Here's a sample tutorial illustrating just how easy it is to set up a trigger for a scheduled automated transfer from JSCAPE MFT Server to DropBox.
Because the process of creating a trigger basically revolves around three steps — 1) selecting an event type, 2) specifying a condition, and 3) adding 1 or more trigger actions — triggers are easy to document and replicate. If you don't know how to start, you can even draw from a list of templates of the most commonly used trigger workflows and modify it to suit your specific needs.
You can also copy parameters from an existing trigger and, again, modify to suit your needs. You can even export triggers and import them to another JSCAPE MFT Server instance or publish them directly (to that remote instance) over the network.
Security and compliance
JSCAPE MFT Server is equipped with several layers of security functions, including:
- data-in-motion and data-at-rest encryption
- multi-factor authentication
- integration with antimalware solutions
- password policy management
- brute force attack detection
- FIPS compliance
- Data Loss Prevention
- IP access rules
- and others
Support for multiple cloud storage solutions and file transfer services
Not only does JSCAPE MFT Server support a wide range of cloud storage solutions, it also supports several file transfer and network services. This means, you will rarely have any problem transferring files from any source to any destination. As of this writing, the supported cloud storage solutions and network services include:
- Amazon S3
- Amazon AWS
- Google Cloud
- Google Cloud Storage
- Google Drive
- IBM Cloud
- Local Directory
- Microsoft Azure File Service
- Microsoft Azure Blob Service
- Microsoft Azure Data Lake
- FTPS implicit
- FPTS explicit
- JSCAPE REST
You can even transfer files to machines that don't have any file transfer service whatsoever.
In the latest version of JSCAPE MFT Server, it's possible to transfer data between two systems (including cloud storage services), without storing any file on JSCAPE MFT Server. This eliminates the need to maintain a large storage capacity on your JSCAPE MFT Server host just to accommodate large files.
The process of transferring files between cloud storage services doesn't have to be complicated. Just incorporate it with all your other file transfer operations in one solution — JSCAPE MFT Server.
Try it out
If you wish to try it out, you may download the FREE, fully-functional Starter Edition of JSCAPE MFT Server now.