FTP vs FileCloud

FileCloud: A Powerful Replacement for FTP

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FileCloud File-Sharing and Transfer – Best FTP Alternative

Why Choose FileCloud Over FTP?

Enterprise content collaboration platforms allow easy streamlining of file sharing and sync. Unlike FTP cloud storage, FileCloud provides users with unlimited data storage capacity and file sharing without size limits. Your data can be stored and backed up on cloud servers at your chosen remote location.

Access Files Anywhere

FileCloud lets users access, back up, and restore data files across all devices (desktops, smartphones, and tablets) and all platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux). FileCloud automatically backs up media files from smartphone devices to online cloud storage, which isn’t possible with FTP storage.

FileCloud Sync & Security

FileCloud syncs files much faster than cloud storage with FTP access. You can work offline and FileCloud will automatically sync files when you’re connected to the internet. FileCloud encryption includes AES 256 bit encryption, SSL/TLS secure tunnel for data transfer, ransomware protection, and two-factor authentication.

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FTP Vs Cloud Storage

FTP is an early protocol for sharing and transferring data. Many companies are still using cloud storage FTP access, rather than migrating to enterprise file share and sync (EFSS) platforms. A comparison between FTP and a cloud content collaboration solution like FileCloud can help you understand the benefits to enterprises of a cloud storage, sync, and backup solution over FTP.

Cloud Storage FTP Support

FTP allows users to upload and download files to and from a server. Online FTP storage comes with restricted access and only people with appropriate permissions can upload and download files. The FTP protocol does not use encryption and data security is constantly at risk. For sensitive data transfers, enhanced versions of FTP need to be used, such as SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) or FTPS (File Transfer Protocol Secure). These more secure versions of FTP can come with challenges in terms of setup, particularly FTPS, which can create compatibility issues.

Cloud FTP storage with a solution like FileCloud is hosted on your own company’s server or online and can be accessed through a browser or network folders. FileCloud provides a host of security features, ensuring a safer way to transfer files to clients, partners, and employees. Whether you are on site, at home, or travelling, FileCloud provides seamless access, allowing you to edit documents on the go and upload them back to server.

Secure Online File Sharing

FileCloud provides public, private, and password-protected file sharing with expiry date options. Unlike FTP cloud storage, admins can set granular, sub-folder and file-level permissions.

Large File Upload & Share Support

Does your daily FTP-to-cloud file sharing facilitate large files? With FileCloud, you can share files of any size without limit. You can share files of any size with clients, partners, and employees. Our Resumable Uploads for large files eliminates concerns about connectivity loss.

Powerful Administration Interface

FileCloud’s powerful admin features make it relatively easy to manage millions of files. For better insights you can check usage trends, peak usage, geo data, and many more analytical indicators. Admins can also apply global policies, create custom workflows, and audit the account with ease.

Preview Files Without Download

Within FileCloud, you can preview multiple file types using the built-in document preview option. This option lets you preview Word, Excel, PDF, and many more file formats without downloading a single file for smart, secure collaboration.

Custom Branding

FileCloud showcases your brand in every way possible. Host your files on your custom enterprise domain to enhance your brand identity. Customize colors and logo, background image, fonts, email communications, and terms of service.

Organize Files Easily

A simple file and folder structure within FileCloud’s intuitive UI helps you organize and manage files easily. Our streamlined UI in both the Admin and User portals ensure quick and easy user and admin adoption of the software, with minimal training overhead.

Remote Access

Teams can access large CAD/CAM files, photos, and blueprints from anywhere to perform their daily work. FileCloud offers multiple ways to access your organization’s files securely. You can access files from all standard web browsers on any device, and via your desktop app that allows you to sync files with your account. FileCloud also has mobile apps for iOS and Android for collaboration on the go.

Remote Site File Sharing

FileCloud ServerLink is an industry-first remote office solution that addresses the latency and high-availability requirements of companies that have job sites on remote locations. It is a FileCloud add-on that replicates one FileCloud site to another site in a different location. It provides great benefits to remote sites with poor connectivity and those companies that need to put disaster recovery measures in place.

Superior Security

Public SaaS file-sharing offerings are prone to spoofing and ransomware attacks. In contrast, FileCloud’s distributed architecture and unique ability to monitor, prevent, and fix data leakage ensure corporate data is protected across all your devices. FileCloud’s advanced management controls and detailed activity logs help you to manage and secure organizational data without losing control.

Easy Integration

FileCloud offers easy integration with existing corporate IT systems, such as Active Directory, NTFS file permissions, Network Shares, ADFS, and NTLM SSO. Our powerful APIs make any integration with your Line of business apps seamless. FileCloud also integrates with specialized apps like PDF Expert, Bluebeam, and other apps used in the construction industry.


Comparing FTP with FileCloud

Initial Setup

Setting up storage with FileCloud Online is usually easy. You need to register your business, sign into your account, and you are ready to use it. FileCloud’s online solution removes all the hassle of server setup and maintenance. The FileCloud UI is simple and intuitive, and quick user adoption with minimal training is the norm.

Setting up an FTP server is a complicated process, requiring specialized expertise. Even after setup is implemented, all users of the FTP servers must become well versed in the system to use it for data transfer and sharing.

Sharing Content

FileCloud lets you easily share and sync content across different channels. It streamlines files access across different devices, ensuring easy collaboration among different teams. FileCloud is a file-sharing and content collaboration tool, as well as a secure cloud storage solution. Automated notifications can help ensure all team members are aware of any new file activity that requires input from them.

File sharing with FTP is cumbersome and requires additional effort, such as uploading the newly edited file via the FTP client and then notifying all the team members. This can decrease efficiency and make collaboration between teams difficult and time consuming.

File Versioning

FileCloud supports unlimited file versioning, which means the history of all the revisions made in files can be recorded. You can also restore the previous version of a file if required. This means that it’s unlikely that enterprise data will be lost.

File versioning is not supported by FTP. Each version needs to be transferred into the system, along with the version name and date, creating more manual work.


FileCloud has built-in security and encryption technology, such as standard SSL/TLS, 256-bit AES encryption, remote data wipe, antivirus scanning, ransomware protection, and automatic backups for data files. FileCloud is specifically designed to keep data secure and safe. It facilitates highly granular access permissions, protecting data against unauthorized access. FileCloud also has a set of robust Digital Rights Management features that protect data after it has been transferred.

FTP on its own in insecure and lacks encryption. Sensitive data, including files, usernames, and passwords, get transmitted in plaintext and are vulnerable to eavesdropping and interception. Due to the reliance of FTP on username and password authentication, data is also vulnerable to brute force attacks and password sniffing. FTP also uses well-known ports, which allows attackers to scan for, and identify, vulnerable systems.

FTP has no mechanism for secure deletion of files. This leaves data open to recovery by attackers. A lack of granular access controls can lead to unauthorized access. Active mode in FTP can cause problems with firewalls and often requires complex rules. This can create security vulnerabilities if configuration is incorrect. All of this can lead to penalties for lack of compliance with data privacy regulations.


FileCloud is accessible across a wide range of devices, including smartphone, desktop, and tablet. Users can securely edit, preview, and sync files from any device or location, at any time.

FTP clients for mobile phones are available but the process of connecting them to the FTP server is difficult. These days, when most people are heavily reliant on mobile devices, this means FTP accessibility is highly limiting and not fit for purpose in many business environments.


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