MFTPaaS (or Cloud MFT)
MFTPaaS (or Cloud MFT)
“Cloud managed file transfer secures, automates and governs the transfer of data between two or more endpoints, using file transfer protocols. It can be deployed in a public or private cloud, with varying levels of management delivered by the solution provider.”
- Chapter 1: The beginnings of an MFT cloud service
- Chapter 2: What is MFTPaaS?
- Chapter 3: Who uses cloud MFT?
- Chapter 4: Common features of an MFT cloud service
- Chapter 5: Risks associated with MFTPaaS
- Chapter 6: Moving from an on site to cloud MFT deployment
- Chapter 7: What are the leading cloud MFT solutions?
An introduction to MFTPaaS
MFTPaaS is the term used to describe an MFT cloud service, also referred to as cloud MFT. Like its on premises deployment counterpart, MFTPaaS allows data to be transferred in a controlled, secure fashion, both inside and outside an organisation. It supports data security, compliance and business efficiency, with the added benefits of the cloud.
Yet the cloud managed file transfer marketplace is in its infancy. This page takes a brief look at the evolution of MFTPaaS, before considering the benefits and risks. It will help you decide whether it’s the right time to move to a cloud MFT infrastructure, and – if so – how to approach it.
This information has been compiled by independent experts at Pro2col who have been specialising in secure, managed file transfer, automation and integration technologies since 2004. We are continually reviewing this marketplace and have five cloud MFT solutions on the Government Digital Marketplace (G-Cloud 12).
The beginnings of an MFT cloud service
Managed file transfer has traditionally been deployed on site. Pre-COVID, the majority of the organisations we worked with considered cloud MFT offerings, but still opted for an on premises deployment. They felt cloud solutions didn’t yet have the functionality they required.
That’s changed drastically post-COVID. Now nearly a fifth of our customers are buying an MFT cloud service and there’s an urgency for organisations to move to the cloud. Businesses are ready to accept the limitations in order to support remote working, reduce maintenance and build a more resilient infrastructure.
It’s the same picture across the industry. Leading vendor HelpSystems report one third of their requests are now for SaaS based solutions. And Gartner predicts MFTPaaS is the fastest-growing segment of the MFT marketplace.
It is not, however, a mature marketplace. There are ‘cloud-first’ or ‘cloud-native’ solutions which successfully deliver the infrastructure, but lack the sophisticated automation of on premises solutions. Then there are the exceptional feature-sets of traditional on premises vendors, but which lack the advanced infrastructure.
So before we go any further, let’s take a look at exactly what MFTPaaS is.
The benefits of cloud managed file transfer
- No server set up and maintenance costs
- Easily scalable as requirement change
- Reduced on site infrastructure
- High availability
- The latest innovation in infrastructure and security
- Improved connectivity speeds
- Secure and reliable hosted environment