Most IT organizations don't give a lot of thought to managed file transfer, yet most of them are struggling with the file-size limitations of their e-mail systems while individual files keep getting bigger.
So users look for alternative ways to send large files, often leaving corporate information exposed on public networks, ranging from FTP services to Google's Gmail.
Of course, there are several private file-transfer services available. But it's interesting how managed file transfer is being positioned as one of the latest cloud computing services.
This week Rackspace and GlobalSCAPE inked a pact under which Rackspace will offer GlobalSCAPE's file-transfer service through the cloud. According to GlobalSCAPE Chief Operating Officer Craig Robinson, the primary benefit of the relationship is that it will expose a lot more customers to the concept of managed file transfer as an adjunct to their internal e-mail systems.
As Robinson notes, the cost of storing large documents within an e-mail system, coupled with the security risks associated with forcing end users to find an alternative, make managed file transfers a pretty compelling option for most organizations.
The problem, says Robinson, is that most IT organizations are not aware of this option. That results in employee behavior that would leave most senior executives, especially the one responsible for compliance, more than a little queasy if he or she really knew what was really going on. Of course, most of them suspect what is really happening, they're just too afraid to ask.