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Aug 18 2009   2:25PM GMT

FTP – is it old or is it still useful? Do you need “glamorous” file transfers?

Troy Tate Profile: Troy Tate

We use FTP to provide a file transfer mechanism between users, customers & suppliers. I regularly get asked if FTP is the best and easiest mechanism for this purpose. My answer is: “it works”. The command line client is also available in most operating systems and there are a lot of GUI clients available out there to make the process easier for the user. So, what is driving this questioning of the “old” FTP method? What are users seeing out there that makes them think FTP is no longer useful or unable to meet the business needs?

Is it things like iTunes Store? Something like CNet’s Download.com? What do you think? Does FTP still have enough capabilities to make it in today’s technology market? What file transfer solutions do you use? What are the advantages and pitfalls of your chosen solution(s)?

My ears and eyes are open on this topic. Share your feedback with the ITKE community. Stand up and be heard!

Thanks for reading. Let’s continue to be good network citizens.

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  • Troy Tate
    hi! Sorry i dont know how to respond to you. By the way thank you for responding to my query. Can you atleast give me like 5 more vendors that meets alomost of the criteria i have set. Thank you very much. Regards
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  • SAPjava74
    I would recommend that you do an online search for Google Postini competitors. We did not consider any other hosting solutions because they had more features (like hosted Exchange) than what we needed. The other alternative was appliance(s) at the network edge. Then you would need to provision the appropriate bandwidth to handle all of the junk mail in addition to the good mail. With Postini and similar services, the filtering happens "in the cloud" so the impact on the company's network edge is greatly reduced.
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  • SAPjava74
    Your [A href="http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/itanswers/secure-mail-vendors"]question and answer can be found here[/A]. You can also look at the questions and answers you have posted by clicking on your name in the upper right corner of this page and reviewing your profile.
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