Introduction to file transfer

Aspera Faspex™ provides an intuitive, efficient way for individuals and groups to collaborate and exchange files and directories of any size, over any distance. Aspera breaks the bottleneck for big data—through an easy, flexible, and secure web platform for global person-to-person file collaboration and delivery. Using Faspex, collaborators can easily send, receive, and share information from anywhere in the world.

Users can choose from a variety of user interfaces and applications to send and receive digital deliveries including an easy-to-use web interface, an add-in for Microsoft Outlook client, Aspera Faspex mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, or Aspera Cargo, a simple automatic download desktop widget. Recipients are notified via e-mail and Aspera’s patented FASP® transport technology handles the high-speed movement of data to and from the server.

Built for enterprise workflows of any scale, Aspera Faspex is available for on-premise and in the cloud on-demand deployments. It includes comprehensive user and server administration capabilities, can be remotely monitored and controlled via Aspera Console – Aspera’s centralized web-based transfer management application, and provides comprehensive security and optional encryption of the file content over the wire and at rest while it is stored on the server.


Maximum Data Transfer Performance

Transfers are powered by FASP®- packages are sent at high-speed, regardless of file sizes, transfer distance, or network conditions Precise bandwidth control for maximum transfer speeds and fairness to other traffic. 100% reliable data delivery with automatic resumes of partial transfers and retries of failed transfers. FASP proxy enables high-speed transfers within restrictive networks with the option of HTTP fallback.

Cloud Ready

Available as Faspex on Demand in SoftLayer, AWS, Google Cloud, and now Microsoft Azure cloud platforms. Includes Aspera’s Direct-to-Cloud transfer technology that is seamlessly integrated into the cloud storage environment to optimize data transfers directly to object storage. Supports all Faspex client and mobile options.

Designed for Fast, Efficient Collaboration

Easy-to-use email-style workflows for distributing and exchanging files and directories with individuals or teams. Choice of interfaces for high-speed upload and download of Faspex™ packages: browser plug-in, desktop applications, Microsoft Outlook add-in for package transfers directly within Outlook, and iOS mobile app supporting transfers via Wi-Fi/3G/4G. Ability to delay or schedule Faspex package delivery. Remote source publishing (enterprise and cloud) allows users to browse any remote storage location and attach files or directories to a Faspex package. Private or public drop-boxes for content contribution, with identity confirmation, tracking and notifications. Easily invite anyone to send packages to Faspex users; all they need is a valid email address. Self-registration for 3rd parties with moderated and un-moderated configuration. Simple user and group management for project-based collaboration. Private sending option helps protect recipients’ identities (no recipient sees other recipients’ information). Integrated e-mail notifications for delivery (CC or BCC) and successful download. Custom Metadata collection with form building and integrated reporting. Administrators can implement a global “Terms of Service” for package sending to govern and get an acknowledgement of user access to secure and sensitive data.

Bullet-proof Security

Integrated with LDAP directory services for import, synchronization, direct authentication, and secure authentication, scalable to thousands of users. Support for signed SAML authentication requests. Configurable AES-128 data encryption available over the wire and at rest. Encryption policies can be defined for standard package sending and for ad-hoc content submission through drop boxes and can be set system-wide or per drop box. Encrypted packages can be decrypted on the fly when downloaded by the recipient using one of the Faspex clients such as the Faspex Mobile app, Aspera Add-in for Microsoft Outlook, Aspera Connect browser plug-in, or Aspera Cargo. The sender may choose when and to whom to distribute the secret passphrase, and thus prevent unauthorized users from accessing the content, and control when recipients are able to decrypt the downloaded content. Configurable security options include session timeout, concurrent login prevention and automatic deactivation after successive failed login attempts, configurable password strength, deletion of inactive local and external Faspex users, and private address book to secure users’ names and emails.

Comprehensive User Management and Access Control

Comprehensive administration, user management & access control with secure authentication. Configurable package access and expiration policies. Option to restrict package sending to only authorized dropboxes. User account administration enables password self-reset and strength enforcement, user expiration, access restrictions by the user or IP address, time-limited sessions, and recipient list management. A workgroup can be easily set up and managed with easy membership configuration, group sending privileges, and group leader designation with control over adding/removing users.

Custom Workflow Integrations

Enforceable custom metadata submission requirements, metadata validation, and optional output into XML files. Automatic triggering of post-processing functions after upload completion. Custom programmatic integrations via a command line tool or a Web Services API. Supports automatic inline file validation for conformance of media type or specification (assuming Enterprise Server 3.5.2 or higher and Orchestrator integration).


Reliable Enterprise-Grade Solution

Full range of authentication options including authenticated login of users and groups via local, Active Directory, LDAP, and SAML Single Sign-on (SSO). Highly concurrent user connection architecture. HTTP fallback for highly restrictive network environments. Unlimited scale out of transfer performance and network capacity by deploying Aspera Enterprise Servers in a cluster, separate from the Aspera Faspex web application. Active / Active highly available cluster configuration with shared storage ensures continuous availability of the Faspex application. Multi-site support with automated bi-directional relays between sites and servers. Single point of management for large, distributed environments. Reporting of locked accounts in the Faspex user management UI. Support for multiple SAML providers and a unified login experience.


Pro2col are Aspera partners and specialists in data transfer and file sharing technologies. As accredited Aspera partners we have delivered solutions and supported companies from a wide range of industries. Our pre-sales and post-sales teams have achieved the highest level of certification to deliver professional services and support.

Pro2col provides a complete range of services for existing and new Aspera Faspex users:

  • End user, help desk and administrator training
  • Health checks and upgrades of your system
  • Review to ensure it meets your future strategy, including disaster recovery and high availability planning
  • Bespoke online and onsite product demonstrations
  • Software evaluation for proof of concepts
  • Installation, configuration, testing and partner onboarding
“Pro2col and IBM have forged a close working relationship and are a trusted Partner. Pro2col brings a wealth of experience and market knowledge in Managed File Transfer and are well-placed to match the needs of their customers with Aspera solutions. Pro2col work closely with IBM to manage the process from needs analysis right the way through to the deployment of the Aspera solution and the on-going account management.” Steve Jones

Channel Sales Manager, Aspera


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