Enterprise Managed File Transfer software comparison

We review the MFT vendor landscape for 2020-21

There are a lot of out of date or inaccurate comparisons of enterprise Managed File Transfer (MFT) vendors online. People still use the Garter MFT Vendors Magic Quadrant, for example, but it’s over ten years old. And there are other comparison from so called ‘experts’ who only sell one product – so of course they will say it’s the best.

So, why should you listen to us? At Pro2col, we are independent experts and have worked with secure and Managed File Transfer for over 15 years. In fact we’re often asked to assist vendors with product research and development. We are also providers and developers of the only vendor-independent training programme: The Certified File Transfer Professional (CFTP).

We’ve distilled this knowledge to create a top four Managed File Transfer comparison, and give you an overview of the rest of the marketplace.

All the products in our top four support the major transfer protocols, deliver high security with PGP encryption and other measures. They all have sophisticated enterprise schedulers, workflow triggers and cloud connectivity, plus excellent visibility / SLA monitoring capabilities.

All these vendors bring out regular releases and are responsive to any issues. That is ultimately why they have made the list.

These are in alphabetical order – we haven’t listed them by which is best. They are all strong products and the right one will depend entirely on your business and budget. For example, do you need enterprise Managed File Transfer or have smaller requirements? Ultimately, there is no ‘best Managed File Transfer’, but the best fit for you.

I hope this Enterprise Managed File Transfer Comparison helps you.

James Lewis

Managing Director, Pro2col Ltd

Enterprise Managed File Transfer comparison top four

Coviant Software – Diplomat MFT 

Coviant Software - Diplomat MFT

Diplomat MFT is one of our top four solutions because it has particular areas of strength and is really good value for money.

It has always been strong on efficiency and versatility, but it solves some specific problems very well in a rapidly changing space; especially enterprise integration for cloud storage, web services and it is platform independent.

Diplomat MFT has an increasing number of application and cloud integration points. The product is benefiting from a new lease of life under Greg Hoffer, the recently appointed CEO. He is working directly with users to understand their specific requirements and extend the product capabilities. 

But Diplomat’s USP is definitely its value for money. The product is considered by the analysts as the value player in the market.

The company was formed in 2004 and is based in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Globalscape Software – EFT Server

Globalscape Software - EFT Server

No MFT comparison would be complete without including Globalscape EFT Server. It has been a cornerstone of the MFT marketplace for well over a decade. It has always been a strong automation platform for Windows and they bring out a major new release each year.

There are three versions of Globalscape EFT, which stands for Enhanced File Transfer. They are EFT Express for smaller to medium-sized businesses or tactical deployments; EFT Enterprise for enterprise Managed File Transfer incorporating the whole infrastructure; and their cloud-based solution EFT Arcus.

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EFT has a modular structure, so organisations can easily scale their solution by adding new features.

Globalscape has recently realigned their business strategy and the release of EFT 2020 (version 8) includes some very advanced new functionality.  The privacy and compliance features are ideal for supporting GDPR or other regulations. This is – without a doubt – now the product’s USP. It includes settings which map to the sections of the GDPR, a built in risk assessment report to identify compliance fails, the ability to assign tasks to Data Protection Officer (DPO) and a lot more!

The CEO is Robert Alpert, Globalscape is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the organisation is based in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

HelpSystems – GoAnywhere MFT

Helpsystems - GoAnywhere MFT

The original developers Linoma were acquired a few years back, bringing GoAnywhere MFT under the HelpSystems umbrella. Since this acquisition, they have continued to prove to be an innovative vendor.

GoAnywhere MFT is a cross-platform application and very strong on cloud connectivity. HelpSystems have put a considerable focus on out-of-the-box cloud connectors. We’ve seen how this has simplified cloud strategies for a lot of business – both global enterprises and small businesses.

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They bring out a major new release each year, and are continually adding new cloud connectors to their portfolio. GoAnywhere MFT is another easily scalable solution and a big advantage is its seamless operation with other HelpSystems products. GoAnywhere MFT, for example, works together with their RPA solution, Automate. Combined, the two products enhance efficiency within a business processes, with the potential to add more processes when required. This and the product’s cloud connectivity are the big strengths for GoAnywhere MFT.

The recently promoted CEO is Kate Bolseth and the organisation is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Progress formerly Ipswitch  – MOVEit

Progress formerly Ipswitch - MOVEit

The MOVEit product suite includes four solutions: MOVEit Transfer and MOVEit Automation, for tactical deployments or enterprise Managed File Transfer respectively; MOVEit Messageway for reporting and visibility; and MOVEit Cloud, which is self-explanatory.

This product has been known and loved for many years. It is very well established and has a loyal customer base. People trust it because it has always had a strong reputation for security.

In all honesty, we’ve observed a lack of development in the last couple of years. But the vendor Ipswitch was acquired by Progress in 2019 for +$200m and it is rapidly gaining pace. Recent developments, for example, includes API enhancements and Powershell for custom scripts.

So what differentiates MOVEit? Unlike other enterprise level solutions, MOVEit Automation users can add an unlimited number of managed servers.

Ipswitch was formed in 1991 and the CEO is Michael Grossi and the organisation is based in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA.

Enterprise Managed File Transfer comparison: The rest of the market

Of course, there are many other solutions on the market that haven’t made our top four. So here’s a brief explanation of some of the other products you’re likely to come across in your Managed File Transfer comparison, again in alphabetical order:

Attunity Managed File Transfer

Attunity Managed File Transfer

Since acquiring the technology from Repliweb in 2011 there appears to have been little focus on this product.

Axway Secure Transport

Axway - Secure Transport

Axway acquired Tumbleweed, the developer of SecureTransport, in 2008 and has since made numerous further additions to their portfolio. Whilst still a significant player in the MFT industry their products are largely disparate. The biggest concern we hear is the extensive professional service costs to implement and upgrade versions.

Cleo Harmony

Cleo - Harmony

Harmony doesn’t make our top four, but would make our top five. A solid managed file transfer solution, providing integration capabilities through the acquisition of Extol a number of years ago. Cleo is led by a very impressive leadership team and it only doesn’t make our top four because of the way in which it’s priced.

JScape MFT Server

JScape MFT Server

Another good Managed File Transfer product which has stood the test of time. A java application providing cross platform server installations, JScape has extensive functionality. The only downside users report to us is that the interface isn’t intuitive.

Oracle Managed File Transfer

Oracle Managed File Transfer

Oracle MFT has limited features and capabilities. It was developed to protect their SOA/B2B install base and has been in maintenance mode for some years, with the focus shifting to the Oracle Integration Cloud.

Seeburger

Seeburger

Still an active MFT vendor with a major focus on their home market of Germany. We don’t know of any company in the UK that runs it and haven’t had any exposure to it so could not comment on either product or company.

Solar Winds Serv-U

Solarwinds - Serv-U

On the face of it Serv-U has all the features that define enterprise Managed File Transfer, but the product is lacking in a modern browser-based file transfer mechanism, still relying on a java applet for file transfers. Customer support is only by email and some customers report difficulties accessing it. Support is, of course, just as important as the product itself. This product has no ongoing development and is in maintenance mode.

South River Technologies – Cornerstone

South River Technologies - Cornerstone

SRT continues to develop Cornerstone, which is a modular solution at a significantly more competitive price than other options. An extension of their industry leading Titan SFTP server, Cornerstone provides a lot of functionality for its price.

Enterprise Managed File Transfer FAQS

Which is the best Managed File Transfer vendor?

As independent experts with over 15 years’ experience working with MFT, we’ve whittled it down to the four best (in alphabetical order).

  • Coviant Software – Diplomat MFT
  • Globalscape Software – EFT Server
  • HelpSystems – GoAnywhere MFT
  • Progress  – MOVEit MFT
Who are the Managed File Transfer vendors?

Our top four are:

  • Coviant Software – Diplomat MFT
  • Globalscape Software – EFT Server
  • HelpSystems – GoAnywhere MFT
  • Progress  – MOVEit MFT

But there are over forty on the market including:

  • Attunity
  • Axway
  • Cleo

See full list here…

How do I compare Managed File Transfer software?

Online comparison articles can only tell you so much. The right solution is going to depend entirely on your unique business requirements. Our free comparison tool will identify the right solution for you.