Managed File Transfers Get Mobile

Michael Vizard

Every now and again, two trends converge to create something that is slightly greater than the sum of the parts.


In this case, the more obvious of the two trends is that more end users are embracing smartphones to access enterprise applications. The second trend is that as files continue to grow in size, interest in managed file transfers using the file transfer protocol (FTP) is growing. Now wouldn't it be nice if you could simply transfer a file using a managed file transfer service using your Applie iPhone, RIM Blackberry or Google Android smartphone? Apple iPads, too?

That's one of the primary differentiators of a new managed file transfer service launched this week by Smith Micro. While there is no shortage of managed file transfer solutions, Matthew Covington, senior director of product management, says that support for a variety of mobile clients plus superior encryption capabilities will make the new SendStuffNow service from Smith Micro stand out.

In addition, Covington says the Smith Micro service has been built from the ground up to include the management capabilities that enterprise customers expect.

It's unclear which of the managed file service transfer providers will ultimately win the hearts and business of corporate customers. But a growing awareness of the limitations of e-mail systems has more companies looking into the merits of managed file transfer services. And as awareness of these services increases, the number of companies providing these services will surely grow commensurately.

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