Organizations depend on file transfers to share and receive information and data about customers, patients, sales, remittances and much more. As an organization (and its data) grows, so too does the volume of transfers, increasing complexity and the amount of time spent managing file transfer workflows. The average company shares files with over 800 separate domains, according to research by Varonis, a cybersecurity firm.
Traditional methods of automating file transfers often include custom scripts, native applications included with operating systems and free or open-source tools. These solutions are lightweight but offer limited functionality, bandwidth and data security features.
As an alternative, most organizations rely on managed file transfer (MFT) solutions. MFT software can handle multiple protocols and support a variety of platforms and applications, often through native integrations or APIs. This makes it possible for file transfer services to be managed through a single solution at the enterprise level, instead of relying on multiple tools to accommodate vendor or partner requirements.
Instead of requiring custom scripting, MFT solutions usually include low-code/no-code automation capabilities that enable users to schedule or execute transfers based on events in real-time. This makes it easier to incorporate file transfers into end-to-end processes that support a variety of functions within the organization.
Early protocols such as FTP, HTTP and SMTP do not provide a way for users to encrypt or manage their transfers. As a result, MFT software was developed to give users more control over data exchange and file encryption. This includes the use of automation software to execute and manage transfers without human interaction.
File transfers can be automated with other technologies, as well. Aside from MFT, file transfer automation can be achieved with workload automation platforms, enterprise job schedulers, process automation tools and more.
Regardless of the technology you use to automate and manage your transfers, there are some standard features and capabilities to look out for.
Common management capabilities include:
Common security features include:
File transfers carry sensitive data including PII for finance, healthcare and a variety of other industries. In many cases, that data is subject to external regulations such as GDPR, SOX, PCI DSS or HIPAA — not to mention internal rules. In order to stay compliant, avoid hefty fines and prevent data leaks, organizations need a way to manage their file transfers. Relying on basic FTP servers or custom scripts is too time-consuming and error-prone, making compliance and management difficult.
Automation helps simplify management and security by reducing the need for manual processes and responding to events in real time.
Benefits of automated file transfers include:
Relying on manual solutions makes it difficult — and in many cases impossible — to scale your file transfer environment. Automation enables scalability.
|Solution||About Solution||Designed For||Standout Feature||Deployment Options|
|Enterprise MFT solution for any protocol||Universal, platform-agnostic file transfers||Handle multiple protocols from a single server||On-premises or cloud-based|
|ActiveBatch Workload Automation||Extensible workload automation and enterprise job scheduling||Managing files, processes and data between disparate endpoints||Super REST API Adapter that connects to any endpoint with a REST API||On-premises with the option to deploy cloud-based schedulers and execution servers|
|Redwood RunMyJobs||Reliable workload automation for hybrid IT and cloud-based workloads||Process orchestration for cloud-native applications and systems||Fully-hosted infrastructure through SaaS offering||SaaS or on-premises|
|Globalscape Enhanced File Transfer||Comprehensive MFT with automation, collaboration and analysis||File transfers between Windows-based endpoints||Built-in regulatory compliance controls||On-premises or SaaS|
|Progress MOVEit||SaaS MFT software||Visibility and control for enterprise file transfers||Mulesoft iPaaS Integration||SaaS or on-premises|
|GoAnywhere MFT||Enterprise secure file transfer solution||Unified file transfer management||User-to-user file sharing via collaboration features||On-premises, cloud-based or MFT-as-a-service|
|Axway Managed File Transfer||File transfer platform for centralized MFT ecosystem||Securing and automating data transfer workflows||API-based services||On-premises, private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud or Axway Managed Cloud|
|Stonebranch Workload Automation||Workload automation for IT operations||On-prem, cloud-based or hybrid environments||Intelligent, event-based scheduling||SaaS or on-premises|
|Oracle MFT||Secure file exchange and management solution||End-to-end file transfers between internal departments and external partners||Extensive reporting||SaaS or on-premises|
|IBM Secure File Transfer||Enterprise-grade file transfer platform||Complex file transfer requirements||High-availability and end-to-end visibility||On-premises, cloud-based or containerized|
|Cleo MFT||File-based integration software||Multi-enterprise B2B transfers||
|On-premises, cloud-based or SaaS|
JSCAPE is a platform-independent managed file transfer solution that is designed to simplify file transfers at the enterprise level. JSCAPE works with any operating system, can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud or in hybrid environments and can handle any file transfer protocol. This makes JSCAPE an ideal solution for managing a wide variety of transactions both internally and externally.
Additionally, JSCAPE is lightweight, offering a zero-install web client so users across the organization can be up-and-running within minutes. JSCAPE’s white-label file transfer client supports unlimited users, trading partners and concurrent connections. Take advantage of JSCAPE’s White Glove Onboarding and quarterly Health Checks to optimize ROI and expand your environment with the help of in-house experts.
JSCAPE makes it easy to connect to any endpoint and offers multiple layers of security, including reverse proxy servers. JSCAPE is a highly capable solution that can handle any file movement requirement at the enterprise level. This makes it possible for organizations to consolidate their file transfer solutions and manage all transactions and connections through a single platform.
Out-of-the-box reporting can be limited and can require additional licensing for analytics dashboards.
Visit www.JSCAPE.com to learn more.
ActiveBatch Workload Automation is an extensible automation platform that enables users to orchestrate IT and business processes, including managed file transfers, data warehousing/ETL, ERP, CRM and much more.
ActiveBatch can be connected to virtually any endpoint using native integrations or ActiveBatch’s Super REST API Adapter. ActiveBatch provides dozens of features and capabilities out-of-the-box so that users can automate and orchestrate across functions.
ActiveBatch’s managed file transfer module makes it possible to consolidate and streamline enterprise file transfer processes whether on-premises, cloud-native or in hybrid environments.
ActiveBatch makes it possible to manage enterprise transfers alongside other internal systems and applications so that it’s easy to incorporate transfers into both IT and business processes. This makes it possible to automate end-to-end file transfer workflows from a single location.
ActiveBatch does much more than just file transfers - it is a powerful workload automation and process orchestration platform.
Visit www.advsyscon.com to learn more about ActiveBatch pricing.
Redwood RunMyJobs is a fully hosted, cloud-native workload automation solution built on an event-driven architecture for real-time delivery of data, dependencies, files and more. Redwood was designed for end-to-end process management and orchestration, enabling users to assemble automated workflows that bridge silos and disparate use cases.
Redwood RunMyJobs can be deployed in the cloud or on-premises and supports Windows, Linux, AIX, HPUX, macOS, OpenVMS and Solaris operating systems. As a result, RunMyJobs can handle file transfers in almost any environment, making this a highly flexible solution, especially for finance departments.
Redwood RunMyJobs is designed to automate and orchestrate processes across IT, business and finance functions, and is ideally suited for managing enterprise automation strategies.
Visit www.redwood.com to learn more RunMyJobs.
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Globalscape EFT is easy to set up and get started. Its intuitive dashboard provides real-time visibility to quickly address issues.
Limited functionality for creating reusable templates, adding to the time it takes to onboard trading partners and build automated workflows.
Visit www.globalscape.com to learn more.
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Progress MOVEit can be deployed on-premises or as infrastructure-as-service (IaaS) or software-as-a-service (SaaS). Users can integrate almost any system using Mulesoft Connector or APIs, making MOVEit a flexible solution for automating transfers between disparate environments.
Cost can be more expensive compared to other MFT solutions that offer similar features and capabilities.
Visit www.progress.com to learn more.
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GoAnywhere is a versatile solution that can be used for ETL and batch processing as well as MFT.
The GoAnywhere dashboard can be hard to use at times, especially when scheduling transfers and other workflows
Visit www.goanywhere.com to learn more.
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Axway MFT provides self-service capabilities for business and help desk users, reducing shadow IT and improving SLAs without users waiting for responses to IT tickets.
Axway offers several managed file transfer products with different capabilities, which can provide more flexibility for your team or increase TCO. Additionally, support is provided by a third-party partner.
Visit www.axway.com to learn more.
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Stonebranch makes it easy to orchestrate scripts, jobs, tasks and IT processes across disparate environments so users can incorporate file transfers into any enterprise workflow.
Outdated user interface can be difficult to learn.
Visit www.stonebranch.com to learn more.
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Designed as an easy-to-use platform so that non-technical users can have more control over critical files and tasks.
Oracle Managed File Transfer has limited capabilities outside of Oracle environments and most users are expected to migrate as development focuses on Oracle Integration Cloud.
Visit www.oracle.com to learn more.
IBM Secure File Transfer makes it easy to orchestrate data movements across on-premises, hybrid-cloud and cloud-native environments.
IBM offers several MFT solutions for differing capabilities and use cases, leading to higher licensing costs (or reducing costs) depending on your need.
Visit www.ibm.com to learn more.
Cleo can be used to manage your entire file transfer environment through APIs and EDI capabilities.
Steep learning curve can require subject matter experts to handle management and administration.
Visit www.cleo.com to learn more.
FTP file transfers can be automated using custom scripts, in-house applications or third-party software designed specifically for automated file transfer workflows. Third-party managed file transfer software can provide low-code/no-code workflow automation with event triggers and granular calendar-based scheduling. Additional features can include monitoring and alerting, audit trails, DMZ streaming and self-service for business users.
Yes, SFTP connections can be automated with managed file transfer (MFT) software. MFT software can include event-based triggers as well as date/time scheduling. Alerts and notifications can be incorporated into automated workflows as well as other common business tasks.
Yes, JSCAPE supports managed file transfers so users can easily incorporate file transfers into end-to-end business and IT processes. JSCAPE is a platform-agnostic MFT solution that can handle any protocol, any platform and any trading partner. DMZ streaming, reverse proxy servers and the ability to handle multiple protocols from a single server make this a flexible solution for any enterprise file transfer needs.