What is MFT? Managed File Transfer solutions allow data to be transferred in a controlled, secure fashion, both inside and outside an organisation, between systems and / or users. Files are transferred more quickly and securely, enhancing productivity and providing visibility of transfers.

The solutions address a wide range of data transfer challenges and are used as the gateway for all inbound and outbound secure data transfers. Common use-cases include secure exchanges of data via a wide range of protocols, automated data workflows, secure ad-hoc transfers, enabling remote access to data securely and much more.

Traditionally, Managed File Transfer solutions have been delivered as on-premises software installations, enabling tight integration with internal systems. Now cloud solutions are growing in popularity, providing full control over their data and workflows without the infrastructure management. So what is MFT? It’s a critical component in your infrastructure and the answer to your secure data transfer requirements.


MFT software enhances security, provides visibility, supports compliance (GDPR, ISO) and can increase the efficiency of business processes. There are many different reasons why an IT team or department within a business may want to install an MFT solution.

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Business departments are typically looking to:

  • Securely share files, as email isn’t sufficient
  • Collaborate on project files with geographically distributed teams
  • Enable timely file transfer so that IT isn’t a business bottleneck
  • Have better visibility of files transferred, accessed and downloaded
  • Automate repetitive processes to free up resources
  • Transfer files faster – replacing shipping of media such as media USB devices, DVD’s & HDD’s
  • Send large data sets, quickly to trading partners across the world

IT often looks to Managed File Transfer to:

  • Replace insecure/legacy/open source FTP servers
  • Remove the single point of failure of homegrown bespoke file transfer solutions
  • Enable business users to send files securely without the involvement of IT
  • Integrate with Enterprise systems, e.g. SharePoint or cloud services, e.g. Dropbox, Amazon, Azure
  • Automate the movement and integration of data between disparate systems and endpoints
  • Achieve compliance with company, industry or regulatory standards such as Data Protection, GDPR, PCI, SOX and HIPAA
  • Control the use of consumer-grade cloud-based services
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FTP Servers:

For those wanting to build out their own system, a few open source projects exist. However, they require a considerable amount of work to ensure they are fit for purpose. Whilst commercial support might be available, they don’t have the financial backing to allow for a comprehensive list of features, instead enabling IT professionals with development expertise to address tactical problems. Growing these systems is painful and the development costs can be significant.

Microsoft IIS FTP:

IIS FTP is deployed extensively for tactical solutions. Its lack of functionality and protocol support rule it out as a serious option for organisations that need to meet certain security mandates and regulatory compliance. We explore the limitations of IIS for FTP in the blog article, ‘Pitfalls of using IIS for FTP’.

FTP Servers:

The bottom line with FTP servers is that you get what you pay for. FTP server software is available online, ranging in price from $50-$1500.   The level of functionality and critically support vary widely. Where requirements are minimal, then they prove to be a cost-effective option for transferring files. Our blog article examines this in more depth looking at the top three drivers for choosing MFT over FTP. Find out more in our blog post, ‘MFT or FTP?


Middleware systems bring the ability for the various applications both inside and outside the network to talk to each other. They generally have a hub-and-spoke arrangement with data transformation being performed as messages pass through centralized message queues. Middleware systems come with connectors to most system types, which allow them to exchange data freely. However, they are rarely for use by end users and don’t tend to handle large messages well when compared to dedicated Managed File Transfer Systems. Find out more in our blog post, ‘MFT Versus Middleware’.


Our expertise makes us the preferred partner for many of the leading file transfer vendors. We provide software licences, professional services and support for the majority of these recommended MFT solutions:

Cleo MFT

Over 35 years’ experience and 7000 deployments worldwide. Based in Illinois, USA. Pro2col have been UK partners since 2010.

Globalscape EFT Server

Over 20 years’ experience and 13,000 customers worldwide. Based in Texas, USA. Pro2col has been a UK Master Partner for ten years.

Helpsystems GoAnywhere

Founded over 20 years’ ago (as Linoma). Over 13,000 customers worldwide and Pro2col partners since 2014.  Based in Minnesota, USA.

Ipswitch Moveit

Over 35 years’ experience and 7000 deployments worldwide. Based in Illinois, USA. Pro2col have been UK partners since 2010.

SRT Cornerstone

Founded in 2001, SRT are based in Maryland, USA with customers in 125 countries. Pro2col have been partners since 2014.

Axway Amplify

Axway Software was incorporated on 28 December 2000. Based in Paris, France. Axway have 11,000 customers in 100 countries.


JSCAPE is a private company founded in 1999 with offices in Florida and Oregon. Customers range across  54 countries worldwide.

Oracle MFT

Oracle Corporation was co-founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, USA. They have customers in 175 countries.

Serv-U MFT

Serv-U initial release date was 1995 and are now based in Austin, Texas, USA. Serve-U is part of SolarWinds suite of products.


Choosing the right Managed File Transfer protocol

Which are the most widely used file transfer delivery protocols? Which should you be using and how do you identify which solution uses which protocols? This blog post answers your questions about Managed File Transfer protocols.