Managed File Transfer and FileCatalyst

What Is Managed File Transfer?

Wikipedia provides a useful definition of Managed File Transfer:

Managed file transfer (MFT) refers to software solutions that facilitate the secure transfer of data from one computer to another through a network (e.g., the Internet). MFT solutions are often built using the FTP network protocol. However, the term specifically describes solutions that remedy the disadvantages [of] FTP.

If your business relies on getting files from one location or person to another, you need to manage those transfers. A managed solution offers security, tracking, and administrative tools that a collection of FTP accounts and email attachments simply can't. And with FileCatalyst, you have access to the FileCatalyst Protocol for the fastest and most reliable file transfers available.

FileCatalyst MFT

Organizations of all sizes and from all parts of the world are seeing higher performance as well as return on investment by switching to FileCatalyst to manage their file transfer.

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FileCatalyst is more than a product—it is an accelerated and managed file transfer platform. Each FileCatalyst product varies in terms of features, but the underlying technology ensures file delivery that is fast, secure, reliable, remotely manageable. Here's a brief look at some of the key features offered by the platform:

The FileCatalyst Protocol

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  • Speed: Unlike FTP or HTTP, the FileCatalyst protocol is immune to packet loss and latency, resulting in speeds sometimes hundreds of times faster.
  • Reliability: FileCatalyst recovers from interrupted transfers, and checks integrity with checksums, ensuring delivery of every file.
  • Security: Data is encrypted with AES up to 2048 bits, exceeding the requirements of security mandates

Security Options

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  • AES on the data channel and SSL on the command channel.
  • LDAP(S) and AD(S) available for auto-provisioning and authentication.
  • Filtering on-the-fly based on IP or session
  • Brute-force attack prevention

Notification via E-Mail or SNMP

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Using the optional MonitoringAgent add-on, the administrator may use several pre-configured statuses to keep track of the system's health. For example, be notified if a server goes offline, a transfer fails, or an attempt to breach security has been made.


Remote Administration

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Key components of FileCatalyst Direct, such as the Servers and the HotFolder automation clients, are accessible via remote administration. Web applets ensure administrative access to your deployment from virtually any browser, anywhere in the world, with available SSL encryption on the communication.

Being web-based, FileCatalyst Webmail and FileCatalyt Workflow also offer full administration over the web.

Reporting and Auditing

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Each FileCatalyst product has the ability to generate transactional data reports, allowing the administrator to view access to the system. FileCatalyst Webmail and FileCatalyst Workflow build upon this by providing a full audit trail of a file as it is moved through a workflow or downloaded by other users.

Guaranteed Delivery

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Administrators are able to drill down and locate file transfers on a per-session or per-file basis. When deadlines are looming, the administrator can then set guaranteed times for full file delivery, ensuring the assets are in place when needed. For emergencies, a special “ASAP” setting allocates maximum resources to the transfer, pushing it across as quickly as possible.