Fast File Transfer
Why Choose a Fast File Transfer Solution?
Increase Agility, Productivity, and Efficiency through File Transfer Acceleration
Fast file transfers provide time saving benefits through an agile-enabled data transfer infrastructure that can lead to greater operational productivity and efficiency. Traditional file transfer methods like Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) often provide accurate data transfers, but with their comparatively slower rates of data transfer for large sized datasets and long distance file transfer, they lack the time saving benefits of a fast file transfer solution.
For organizations with goals of achieving faster response times during business collaborations, without the limitations of distance and size; they will find greater success with an accelerated transfer solution.
What Problems Are Solved with a Fast File Transfer Solution
Data transfer delays can often lead to missed opportunities. From an operational standpoint, they can lead to an increase in overhead due to the additional time spent troubleshooting the cause of the delay and determining potential data loss. From a business standpoint, data transfer delays can lead to a negative perception through the possible failure to meet service level agreements (SLAs).
Unfortunately, the risk of data transfer delays only increases when traditional methods of moving data are used for long distance and large file transfers.
Problems solved by a fast file transfer solution include:
- Inefficient utilization of bandwidth
- File transfer bottlenecks stemming from excessive latency
- Slow, inaccurate, and inefficient file transfer processes
- Large file transfers
- Long distance file transfer, including large dataset transfers
Understanding the common data transfer challenges that stem from data transfer delays, and how a fast file transfer solution helps are crucial when it comes to evaluating vendors and fast file transfer solutions. Learn more about the common challenges through the following series of questions:
1. What is bandwidth utilization?
Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transmitted in a certain amount of time. Bandwidth utilization is the amount of bandwidth used compared to the total bandwidth available. Use all of the bandwidth that you pay for, all of the time. Your company pays for a specific amount of bandwidth from your service provider. How much bandwidth you pay for depends on the maximum you expect to use. However, only during an occasional spike do you actually use all of the bandwidth that you pay for.
2 What is latency?
Latency is the time it takes a file transfer to transfer over a network. Latency has a negative connotation, as in "the latency of the network is slowing down my transfers." [Latency + bandwidth] define the speed and capacity of a network.
3. What is TCP/IP?
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol; Protocol most often used for Internet communications; TCP is optimized for accurate delivery rather than timely delivery, and therefore, TCP sometimes incurs relatively long delays while waiting for out-of-order messages or retransmissions of lost messages. It is not particularly suitable for real-time applications such as VOIP.
Data is split up into pieces and sent as individual "packets," and then the packets are reassembled at the receiving end. Extra data is added in the form a "header" that tells the receiving end how to reassemble the packets and to make sure everything that is sent is actually received. This splitting up the file and reassembling the file and sending acknowledgements back and forth to make sure there are no errors causes the transfer to be slower (i.e., causes latency).
4. What is UDP?
User Datagram Protocol; called a "connectionless protocol" because it can send data to other computers on a network without telling the other computer its sending data to it.