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IBM Aspera Connect Browser Plug-in

Aspera introduces the release of the IBM Aspera Connect Browser Plug-in. Aspera Connect 3.6.0 is a significant new release that includes a new native plug-in for Chrome browsers (allowing Connect to work in Chrome browsers in which NPAPI is disabled). In addition, Connect 3.6.0 includes a new JavaScript API. The new API supports all major browsers, including Chrome browsers in which NPAPI is disabled. These changes are described in detail below: Chrome Web browser updates Prior to version 3.6.0, Connect required support for NPAPI plug-ins, which Chrome supported by default. However, Chrome version 42.0 now disables NPAPI plug-in support by default. This release of Connect no longer uses NPAPI for Chrome, and so preserves compatibility with the new Chrome behaviour. Note: If you want to use Chrome without upgrading Connect, you must perform the Chrome configuration workaround described in the Aspera Support Knowledgebase article here. Connect’s new JavaScript API In the new Connect API, many previously synchronous functions are now asynchronous, improving overall responsiveness and flexibility. In order to use the new API, you must adjust your code accordingly. Note that there are certain parameters that, if in use in previous versions of the Connect API, you must update if you intend to use Connect 3.6.0. For a complete listing of new, changed, and removed parameters in this release, see the information on Connect in the Aspera Developer Network here. Important: While Aspera recommends that all users upgrade to Connect 3.6.0, you must upgrade if: You run Aspera web applications on the Chrome browser. You plan to upgrade your Shares, Faspex, or Connect Server installation with the next release....

Aspera Files SaaS Platform Cloud – Connects Multiple Storage Systems

Pay-As-You-Go Service is Expected to Appeal to Smaller Media Firms with Its Lower Cost of Entry Aspera has introduced Aspera Files, a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform. Aspera parent company IBM said Aspera Files will allow companies to connect multiple storage platforms in order to exchange any size of file-based media or data across separate organizations. Content can be stored and accessed in storage systems in the cloud as well as on-site, with drag-and-drop capabilities for authenticated content sharing. The new platform is built on Aspera’s FASP data-transfer technology, which is designed specifically to speed the transport of large data over the Internet by eliminating bottlenecks introduced in standard TCP-based file transfers. Aspera co-founder and CEO Michelle Munson told StudioDaily that the new platform goes above and beyond what Aspera was previously able to provide, in part by reducing the barrier to entry for smaller facilities. “This is our first time being able to offer pure software-as-a-service,” she said. “For a lot of media organisations, particularly small ones, it’s about being able to get up and running easily. This system is pay as you go. Customers run their own virtual machines on Amazon or Azure, but in this case it’s all put together by us, with exclusive sharing and interoperable management features.” Companies can sign up for a branded web presence via Aspera Files, then create Workspaces for project-based file sharing. Shared content will automatically appear in the Workspaces of users who are authorised to access the files. Packages of content from connected storage locations can also be delivered to user or group Inboxes, where those users can browse files in a given package or...

Aspera Delivers Major Advances in its Core Fasp High-Speed Transfer Platform

Aspera unveiled the next generation of its unique FASP software platform for moving Big Data and media at maximum speed and scale regardless of size, distance or network conditions.  Multiple breakthroughs bring new capabilities and advanced features, allowing enterprises of all sizes to meet variable data movement demands in real time with speed, control, security and ease, and all capabilities are designed to move data directly to cloud and on premise storage. Advances in the Core Transport ascp4 is the next-generation Aspera file transfer binary introducing a new architecture for ultra high-speed transfer of small files in addition to large data sets. The architecture transfers up to one million files per minute for even the smallest file sizes (e.g. <10KB) and achieves > 5Gbps transfer rates for global RTT and packet loss conditions (200ms / 2%). FASPStream transport expands Aspera’s FASP transport technology for “live” and “near live” data streaming. Aspera FASP is a patented transport protocol for achieving highly efficient bulk data transfer over IP networks, independent of distance and quality (round-trip latency and packet loss). FASPstream expands this capability to provide a fully reliable streaming protocol for in-order data delivery over Internet WANs with excellent quality and negligible start up delay. Advances in Aspera Direct-to-Cloud Transfer and Autoscaling Aspera Direct-to-Cloud Storage transfer capability moves even the largest (4K) media formats from source directly to object storage destination with native I/O for all major cloud storage providers: IBM SoftLayer Swift, AWS S3, Microsoft Azure Blob, Akamai NetStorage, Limelight Orchestrate Cloud Storage, Google Cloud Storage, and HDFS (beta).  Version 3.6 brings many new capabilities to all Aspera On Demand products such...

Webinar – Introducing Aspera Files

Large Data Sharing and Collaboration in the Cloud Aspera Files is a new SaaS platform that allows any organisation, small to large, to establish a branded web presence for the fast, easy and secure exchange and delivery of any size file based media or data between end users across separate organisations, combining multiple storage platforms. Data can be stored and easily accessed in multiple cloud and on-premise storage systems and sharing between users and trusted organisations is as easy as drag-and-drop regardless of where the content is located. In this webinar Aspera demonstrate how Aspera Files enables you to: Easily establish a web presence with branded “Organisations” and “Workspaces” Quickly ingest, share and exchange ultra large files Store, access and deliver content seamlessly across multiple cloud and on premises storage systems Assemble digital delivery packages from any source including local, remote, cloud and on premises locations transparently via simple drag and drop Maintain complete security of content within the organisation, while sharing with its 3rd party partners, and with peered organisations Speaker: Michelle Munson, President, CEO & Co-Founder Event Type: Live Webinar Event Date: Wednesday 13th May – 1600Hrs GMT Review this...

Aspera mobile apps now available

The power of Aspera Drive is now available on mobile devices. With the Aspera Drive Mobile app, employees, customers and partners have the ability to remotely browse and transfer files and folders with remote Shares. Built on Aspera’s patented FASP™ technology, FASP-AIR™ transfers data over Wi-Fi and cellular networks at industry-leading speeds, up to 100x faster than traditional mobile technologies. KEY FEATURES Transfers powered by Aspera FASP™ transport technology, delivery speeds are up to 3x faster than today’s 3G networks and up to 100x faster on double-band 802.11n, and over 10x faster on low-strength 802.11g/n. Easy-to-use interfaces with the look and feel of native device apps, make it easy to send and receive documents, images and videos through intuitive integration with on-device functions, such as Photo Gallery and built-in cameras. Apps can access built-in camera directly to shoot pictures and include them immediately in the package, without having to leave the app. Bulletproof security protects data in transit and at rest on the device, with end-point authentication, strong encryption and data integrity verification. Transfers will continue to run in the background during phone calls or when using other applications. Thumbnails for video and image files ensure that users are working with the right assets.   MOBILE APPS Mobile Uploader for iPhone and iPad FASPEX™ Mobile App for iOS and Android Android Mobile App Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Pro2col team if you have any queries, require a demonstration or wish to organise download of the...