United Nations

Accelerating and Securing Field & Mission Updates

Profile

Founded in 1945, the United Nations is an international organization committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. The UN provides a forum for its 193 Member States to discuss and take action on a wide range of current fundamental issues including sustainable development, disaster relief, expanding food production and more. With work reaching every corner of the globe, efficient information sharing over large geographical distances is an essential process when addressing worldwide issues and to achieve its goals for a safer world for this and future generations.

Challenges

As a central hub of the UN’s information sharing, the UNIFEED department receives constant briefings from the field and missions and then posts the updates on the Department of Peacekeeping Operations website and publications. These updates come in the form of pictures, large audio and video files and were often transferred via email or by using other ad hoc methods such as shipping CDs, DVDs and 3rd party public FTP tools. Aside from extremely slow transfer speeds, these methods of file transfer were not user friendly and created potential security risks.

Solution

To eliminate the slow transfers the UN implemented FileCatalyst Direct, the FileCatalyst flagship solution for secure, reliable and accelerated transfers. FileCatalyst Direct is immune to packet loss and latency and eliminates file transfer bottlenecks to quickly deliver files of any size or format regardless of the network conditions. Serving as the central point of management for all accelerated file transfers, the FileCatalyst Server (software only) was deployed at the UN headquarters in New York, NY. Finally, the FileCatalyst HotFolder client application was distributed globally, enabling the UN to set scheduled transfers and allocate bandwidth as needed.

Results

The deployment of FileCatalyst immediately addressed the transfer speed issues previously experienced, while adding further reliability and security. “FileCatalyst Direct brought us up to speed on file transfers, allowing us to transfer files that once took hours in minutes,” said Jose Villegas, Collaboration Systems Administrator. The FileCatalyst platform also helped to save the UN time by establishing a simplified file transfer processes for end users to execute or schedule file transfers. “Aside from the speed gains, we found FileCatalyst to be a much more reliable and resilient method of file delivery over an FTP application, which tends to disconnect on high latency or low bandwidth connection.” added Jose Villegas. “The improved file transfer has enabled us to cover more up-to-date situational reports on the field because the turnaround time in bringing in these reports and materials was drastically reduced.”