Alternative to FTP: Insights On FileCloud

July 6, 2016

File Transfer Protocol, which is also commonly referred to as FTP, is a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files between a server and client on a computer network. In actual sense, FTP has the ability to separate control and data connections between the client and the server due to its client-server model architecture. […]

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File Transfer Protocol, which is also commonly referred to as FTP, is a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files between a server and client on a computer network. In actual sense, FTP has the ability to separate control and data connections between the client and the server due to its client-server model architecture.

As much as FTP has been popular in the recent years, the file sharing solution has been marred with extensive reports of insecurity and inability to efficiently send large files as well as its failure to alert users in the event that file sending fails.

Luckily, FileCloud is a great alternative to FTP, giving the modern corporate user the required flexibility and safety to share files across networks as detailed below.

What is FileCloud?

FileCloud is an Enterprise File Access, Sync and Share solution that runs on-premise, integrated with your own IT infrastructure and using your own storage. File cloud runs on-premise residing on your company’s intranet or your hosted data center and is protected behind a firewall.  This on-premises Enterprise File Sharing and Sync (EFSS) solution allows your employees safely access, sync and share files by allowing your administrators to control and manage it, using your infrastructure.
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What Makes FileCloud So Different?

FileCloud is unique in different ways, one of which being its ability to allow organizations to create their own private cloud as mentioned in the introduction. By simply installing the application, FileCloud provides your business a safe way to access internal data. In addition to the ability to create your own cloud, FileCloud has other key features.

While public cloud services have compounding data security and privacy issues such as the inability to know where your data is stored and whether or not it has a backup, FileCloud guarantees you data privacy and security in a number of ways.

First of all, by allowing you to build your own private cloud on your own servers, FileCloud gives you complete control on where your data is stored, backup creation and authorized access to the data.

Secondly, you don’t have to worry about 3rd party access to your data especially after the Snowden revelations on the United States government spying activities. In light of this, FileCloud developers have made sure that it is among the 26% of cloud services that meet the EU data residency rule, to guarantee safety of your activities online.

Lastly, since the application can be managed and controlled by your own internal IT team, you have the ability to decide on laws you will be compliant with, such as Sarbanes Oxley, PCI and HIPAA.

The ability to manage and control your privatized cloud environment offered by FileCloud enables you to minimize your hardware and infrastructure costs by using only what you need while still maintaining a fully functional cloud environment .

FileCloud is compatible with various operating systems across the board, such as Windows, Linux and Mac. Better yet, the service can be accessed on mobile phones through its mobile application, which has average rating of 4+ stars across all platforms including android, windows, iOS and blackberry. In a world where 80% of internet users own a Smartphone and 78% of these users prefer mobile apps which guarantee minimal data use, FileCloud is sure the best file sharing option for most people.

How else do mobile users benefit?

With the developers designing with mobile users in mind, FileCloud goes an extra mile by offering full mobile support across major mobile device platforms such as Android, iPad, iPhone and Windows.

Mobile users benefit in three major ways:

  1. They enjoy full FileCloud features on the supported devices
  2. Access remote files
  3. FileCloud offers full mobile syncing and sharing capabilities
  4. Integrates with other mobile apps to open documents

FileCloud allows you to sync and map your files from any location, as though they were in your local drive. This ability to remotely access your files saves you the struggles of always carrying your laptop on business trips. All you need to do is log in using a supported device and continue with your work, using different avenues such as WebDAV, desktop sync, virtual drive and mobile app among others, to access these documents.

The intuitive User Interface (UI) helps users to share documents across devices. This can happen real-time, enabling you to edit your documents on the go, eliminating the need for you to keep track of emails sent back and forth with clients when editing a document. All you need to do is update the document and all the hassle is done.

One major disadvantage of FTP is that it offers no traceability. There is no way to see who accessed what information, whereby such a loophole has given cyber criminals the leeway to hack into FTP servers, retrieve information and leave without a trace.

FileCloud on the other hand, provides the ability to fully monitor file access and usage for all your hosted files, ultimately giving you full audits and reports.

Usually, the audit report contains three vital sets of information:

  1. User access tracking, which will tell exactly who accessed what data and when they did it.
  2. User action tracking whereby you will be shown what a particular user did with the information they accessed and other activities within the access period
  3. Access mode tracking which will show you how the user accessed the data. (At this point you can tell whether this was authorized or authorized access and make relevant changes)
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From both policy and security perspectives, this is a useful addition to the software. You can monitor the safety of your network by seeing the mode of access and activities while at the same time, detect any possible policy violations.

Final Thoughts

Did you know that FileCloud is cost-effective for your business? Actually, it has been proven that 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements within 6 months of moving to the cloud and 82% of companies have reportedly saved money by moving to the cloud. Additionally, FileCloud offers much lower cost of ownership than any of its competitors. Hence get FileCloud today and experience value for your money while you grow your business.

Author: Davis Porter

By Team FileCloud