January 7, 2014
Feature of the Month
Saving Time and Bandwidth with Incremental Transfers
Many file transfer scenarios include the transfer of the same set of files on a daily basis. If a set if files has previously been transferred, FileCatalyst has the ability to check files at the destination to see if the file needs to be updated. This is accomplished by comparing the MD5 checksum of the source file against the destination file. If the files match, the file is not transferred since there are no changes to be made.
However if there is a difference, FileCatalyst can look inside the source and destinations files to see how they differ. A file is generated containing only the differences, or "delta", of the 2 files. The delta is then transferred to the destination and applied as a patch to the existing file, The result is a copy of the source file. Since only a fraction of the data needs to be sent, this can save a significant amount lot of time and bandwidth compared to resending the entire file.
Auto-Archiving with Multi-Client Transfers
As mentioned in last month's newsletter, FileCatalyst Direct 3.3 has added the ability to allow a single transfer to download multiple files at the same time. However, this feature provides other advantages. One of the additional settings is the ability to activate auto-archiving of small files as part of the multi-client transfer. With small files, the time to set-up and close the transfer can sometimes be longer than the time it takes to transfer the file. Auto-archiving eliminates this cost by grouping all small files into a single temporary file which is then sent over in one fell swoop.
January Webinar: Accelerated File Transfer in Live Sports Production
With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games just around the corner, join us in our January webinar as we discuss accelerated file transfer in live sports production. Producing live sporting event coverage is a challenging proposition for broadcasters: with multiple cameras producing massive high resolution video files, moving the uncompressed files for in-studio editing can be extremely challenging. Even with high bandwidth and an accelerated and managed file transfer solution there are sometimes obstacles. We will discuss how these challenges are addressed with specific file transfer features like multi-file transfers and the transfer of growing files to ensure the efficient and effective transfer of sporting footage.
Register here for the January webinar.
FileCatalyst on the Road: London User Forum
Coming up in London is the FileCatalyst on the Road User Forum. Attend this event for insights on increased efficiency using FileCatalyst solutions and to learn new skills. This forum will also provide product updates, outline future FileCatalyst plans and be an opportunity to network and discuss best practices with other FileCatalyst users.
Location: Canadian High Commission, Macdonald House, 41 Grosvenor Street
Date: Monday, February 24
Learn more about the London User Forum.
Tips & Tricks
FTP Session Logs in FileCatalyst Webmail & FileCatalyst Workflow
It is important to maintain available disk space on a server. Every time anyone connects to one of the FTP/FileCatalyst sites, a log file is created and stored on the web server. These log files may take up a lot of disk space. FTP session logs are also used to generate recent activity logs for file areas.Administrators are able to use the FTP session logs retention option to control how far back to keep those logs.
This option is found under System Maintenance -> AutoDeletion Settings -> FTP Session Logs Retention.
From the Blog
Archives: A Perfect Fit for File Transfer Acceleration
A look at the changing ways of how films are preserved and accessed for future use and the role of file transfer acceleration in this evolution.
Read more on the benefits of file transfer acceleration with film archiving.
Protecting Your Data in 2014: The Importance of Managed File Transfer Solutions
A look at the causes of past data breach incidents and the role file transfer plays as the second largest contributor to data leaks.
PGS: Speeding the Delivery of Big Data in Oil and Gas to 10 Gbps
Learn how PGS gained more control over file exchanges and utilized its 10 Gbps international line to its full extent when transferring its data sets.
EventsOMDC Toronto/Ontario Day In L.A.
Los Angeles, CA
January Webinar: Accelerated File Transfer in Live Spors Production
11:00 am EST
FileCatalyst on the Road: London User Forum
Canadian High Commission, Macdonald House
February 25 - 26
March 11 - 13
Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai
April 5 - 10
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas