June 3, 2013
Feature of the Month
Transferring Files at Speeds of up to 10 Gbps
Data transfer speeds of 10 Gbps are fast enough to move a 30 Gb file from New York City to London in under 30 seconds or deliver the contents of a complete Blu-ray disk (~24GB) in under 25 seconds!
FileCatalyst 10 Gbps file transfer technology was released in Nov. 2011, with a number of successful deployments around the world. For example, a current customer has been transferring large files at 10 Gbps between UK and USA since Spring 2012 in a production environment.
FTP and other TCP file transfer methods are able to achieve about only 5% of the possible maximum of the bandwidth and that's with finely tuned TCP window size.
The main business case for 10 Gbps data transfers is the fact that the cost of 10 Gbps dedicated lines has dropped significantly in the last year. Also fiber connections are becoming increasingly available to residential consumers, fast server connections will be a "must have" feature for those bandwidth hungry customers.
Please watch our May Webinar for a complete introduction to the 10 Gbps technology at FileCatalyst.
June Webinar: How to Move Large Volumes of Small Files at Accelerated Speeds
This webinar will explain the traditional problems with transferring several small files, as opposed to a few very large files, in the presence of network latency. Join speaker Chris Bailey, FileCatalyst CEO, in our June Webinar as he lays the groundwork on how to approach this problem using FileCatalyst technology and outlines factors that should be considered when transferring many small files. Also covered will be details of some of the upcoming features on the FileCatalyst roadmap which will help to optimize this transfer scenario.
New Features in FileCatalyst Central 3.2
The latest release of File Catalyst Central 3.2 offers two new features that significantly improve ability to monitor FileCatalyst software. The first feature provides ability to remotely view Users, Groups and Virtual Folders, allowing the system administrator to closely track changes in user accounts and groups. It also provides information about every virtual folder. The second new feature is ability to start/stop tasks via FileCatalyst Central. It provides system administrator with full control over over all tasks; for example it allows the administrator to stop certain tasks if they take too much bandwidth at any given time.
See the full list of new features in FC Central 3.2.
Tips and Tricks
How to Avoid Poor Performance when Uploading Across High Latency Connections
When executing transfers over high latency 500ms+ with older versions of FileCatalyst Webmail or Workflow, slow upload speeds may be detected. If this occurs, disable the property in the Upload applet "forceTCPACKs" by setting the value to false. TCP ACKs are not efficient on high latent networks.
To disable "forceTCPACKs" log in as super admin and navigate to the Configuration screen. On the right hand side select the "Configure Upload Applet". Search for forceTCPACKs and specify "false", the default is ""; (true).
If there are multiple FTP servers in a system and it is preferred to disable this only for select servers, copy the variable to the individual FTP servers upload applet configuration, located under FileCatalyst Server and specific server. Modify the variable to "false" and anyone using that specific server will have it disabled.
From the Blog
Accelerating Transfers from a .NET Environment
Among our many APIs, FileCatalyst offers a way to integrate into a .NET platform using the FileCatalyst .NET DLL. Take a look at our DLL sample code and get started by inputting your unique server settings to execute transfers in a .NET setting.
Read more on the DLL and its use cases.
FileCatalyst Joins the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers
FileCatalyst recently joined the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, (IABM), the only international association that represents the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide and representing over 80% of the market.
Read more on FileCatalyst's and the IABM.
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