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Three big things wrong with the Software Reviews Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant

Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant from Software Reviews

Pro2col experts consider the latest market analysis

Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant from Software Reviews

Pro2col experts consider the latest market analysis

As 2021 draws to a close, Software Reviews have released their latest Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant. Regular readers of this blog will remember we highlighted concerns about the 2019 report – namely that several of the featured products weren’t actually managed file transfer (see our full 2019 review below ).

So, what does the 2021 report look like, and is it a more accurate reflection of the marketplace?

 

Info-Tech 2021 MFT report

The enterprise segment contains a data quadrant and emotional footprint with seven products on each (pictured below), plus a full review of 16 products.

Firstly, it’s good news to see HelpSystems GoAnywhere and Progress MOVEit feature well. Both are solid solutions and worthy champions of the Software Reviews 2021 Enterprise Report. Read up on why these feature in our own top four enterprise managed file transfer vendors comparison.

Our technical experts are more than a little surprised though to see Citrix ShareFile and SolarWinds Serv-U featured on the quadrants. Neither are MFT solutions by either Gartner’s definition, or our own, which we base on 21 years’ experience in this industry. There’s more information below, but first, let’s look at the definition of managed file transfer.

Definition of MFT

Gartner define MFT as follows:

“MFT on-premises offerings usually comprise four discrete functionalities that organisations can deploy separately. However, organisations often deploy them as a suite. The functionalities basic to MFT are server, client/agent, proxy and plug-in for ad hoc transfers.” 

At Pro2col, we agree with most of Gartner’s definition, except their inclusion of ad-hoc file transfers via an Outlook Plugin. Whilst some solutions do offer this, there’s a whole other section of the secure file transfer industry focusing on secure email with more in-depth functionality and better integration with other email tools.

For us at Pro2col, automation is the foundation. We define MFT has having a gateway, server and automation engine as an absolute minimum. Other features might include dashboards, custom forms, secure email, mobile apps, and the adoption of agents as part of a wider deployment.

Products featured

In addition to the seven products featured on the quadrants, Software Review document 16 MFT products in total in their full report. Those that clearly meet the definition of MFT are: HelpSystems GoAnywhere, Progress MOVEit, HelpSystems Globalscape, IBM Sterling, Axway MFT, Tibco MFT, and OpenText Alloy. There’s some grey area surrounding Oracle Managed File Transfer and Micro Focus. The remaining seven, however, are definitely not managed file transfer products, and here’s why:

Citrix Sharefile

ShareFile is a great file sync and share product, but definitely not managed file transfer.

SolarWinds Serv-U

Serv-U MFT is an SFTP server with primitive automation. It has received little development since its acquisition from RhinoSoft in 2013 and our independent technical experts have raised concerns about the security and safety of this product (see our recent SolarWinds Serv-U MFT Server review).

OpenText HighTail

HighTail is a file synchronisation and sharing platform, with content collaboration functionality specifically designed for the for creatives. With no automation, no support for open standard protocols, nor a file transfer server, Hightail is not an MFT solution. It was acquired by Opentext in February of 2018, which follows the previous acquisitions of Metastorm in 2011, Easylink Services in 2012 and GXS in 2013 – all previously incorrectly categorised as MFT solutions too

CA Dollar Universe Workload Automation

This is in completely the wrong quadrant as the name clearly indicates! It should be in the workload automation category which is a very different technology to MFT.

ASCi Active Batch

This is another workload automation tool, and – ironically – is ranked very well in the Software Reviews workload automation category!

Signiant Manager & Agents

Signiant sits in a subset of MFT, because it has the required components of a solution but doesn’t support any open standards delivery protocols. Instead, it has its own propriety protocol for fast file transfer.

CA NetMaster File Transfer Management

This product has no file transfer capabilities. It is a file transfer monitoring solution, specifically developed to monitor FTP traffic on the mainframe. It definitely doesn’t belong in this market analysis.

Next steps for selecting a manged file transfer solution

If you’re looking for an MFT solution, then please be careful not to put too much emphasis on analysis like this from Info-Tech. To really understand which is the best solution for you, I’d recommend our free and independent managed file transfer comparison service. You answer a series of questions about your requirements and our experts will match them against the leading solutions on the market. You’ll be benefiting from truly independent knowledge and many years’ experience scoping, implementing and managing this type of software. It’s completely free and we’d be really happy to help you.

Info-Tech 2019 MFT report

There’s been a lot of talk in the Managed File Transfer (MFT) space about the recent Software Reviews Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant. The report claims to ‘provide a comprehensive evaluation of popular products in the Managed File Transfer market’.

As independent MFT experts with over 15 years’ experience reviewing products, we wanted to provide our take on this report. Our advice is very clear. This is not an accurate representation of the market, and here’s why.

 

Pictured: Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant, from HelpSystems website.

1. Definition of MFT

Info-Tech’s understanding of what constitutes MFT is fundamentally flawed. Of the ten products on the Data Quadrant, four aren’t actually MFT, so it’s not comparing like-for-like.

MFT solutions allow data to be transferred in a controlled, secure fashion, both inside and outside an organisation, between systems and / or users. This includes:

  • System-to-system transfers, such as automated batch transfers or workflows with a series of actions;
  • Transfers between people and systems, such as data capture forms with ongoing automated workflows;
  • Person-to-person or ‘ad hoc’ transfers.

The following four products are not MFT:

Accellion: This is a secure file sharing and collaboration solution only.

Adobe Send & Track: For ad hoc large files.

Citrix ShareFile: Electronic sync and share, for document collaboration.

LeapFile: For ad hoc person-to-person only.

2. Products missing from the Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant

Only vendors who have paid for the report are able to market what it says about them. This is not independent and it is not a review of the complete market place.

While we firmly agree with the placement of HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT and Ipswitch MOVEit, who were acquired by Progress earlier this year, there are several other market leaders not included on the Data Quadrant:

Globalscape EFT Server would score highly on both the ‘Feature’ and ‘Vendor’ matrix.

Coviant Diplomat MFT is benefiting from a lot of development at the moment, making it a likely player in the ‘Product Innovator’ quadrant.

We would also recommend Cornerstone MFT from South River Technologies (SRT) as a very good budget solution.

Other credible vendors missing from the quadrant include Axway, Seeburger, Jscape, Cleo and more…

3. Niche or incompatible products

There are several products on the Data Quadrant that just aren’t viable products for the majority of businesses. That’s either because they lack the development, are not enterprise-ready, or are niche to specific industries:

Oracle MFT: Our most recent market research identified there were only around one hundred Oracle MFT customers worldwide. Most of these sales came about to prevent customers discontinuing with their middleware product. There has been little development recently and their roadmap is limited.

SolarWinds Serv-U: This is a budget solution and not something we would recommend for enterprises. Since its acquisition by SolarWinds, the technology hasn’t kept pace with technical innovation and is now a long way behind other vendors. By using a Java web browser plugin, the adoption and usability of their product – especially in risk adverse enterprise environments – will be compromised. This feature is well behind the curve.

FileCatalyst: This is primarily for use within the media industries, with an emphasis on fast file transfer. It doesn’t have the necessary breadth of file transfer protocols or automation options to make it a mainstream MFT player.

IBM Managed File Transfer: This is ensconced in the banking/finance industry, built around their own delivery protocol (NDM). It’s an expensive solution, without the breadth of delivery protocols to make it a mainstream MFT player.

NEXT STEPS

If you are looking for an MFT solution, we strongly advise against using the Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant for guidance.

Most MFT solutions have the same features but differ in the level of detail and complexity, and how they are delivered. The only way you will be able to identify the right one for your business is to fully scope your requirements. Make sure you look at the vendor closely too and see what their previous development release schedule is like from published release notes. These are the factors that will determine whether your implementation is a success and will ensure you back a vendor that should meet your future needs too.

If you need help, use our free comparison tool, which asks the right questions. You enter your requirements, giving as much detail as you can, and our experts will recommend the right solution for your current and future needs and budget. It’s completely free and there’s no obligation to buy through us.

As 2021 draws to a close, Software Reviews have released their latest Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant. Regular readers of this blog will remember we highlighted concerns about the 2019 report – namely that several of the featured products weren’t actually managed file transfer (see our full 2019 review below).

So, what does the 2021 report look like, and is it a more accurate reflection of the marketplace?

 

Info-Tech 2021 MFT report

The enterprise segment contains a data quadrant and emotional footprint with seven products on each (pictured below), plus a full review of 16 products.

Firstly, it’s good news to see HelpSystems GoAnywhere and Progress MOVEit feature well. Both are solid solutions and worthy champions of the Software Reviews 2021 Enterprise Report. Read up on why these feature in our own top four enterprise managed file transfer vendors comparison.

Our technical experts are more than a little surprised though to see Citrix ShareFile and SolarWinds Serv-U featured on the quadrants. Neither are MFT solutions by either Gartner’s definition, or our own, which we base on 21 years’ experience in this industry. There’s more information below, but first, let’s look at the definition of managed file transfer.

Definition of MFT

Gartner define MFT as follows:

“MFT on-premises offerings usually comprise four discrete functionalities that organisations can deploy separately. However, organisations often deploy them as a suite. The functionalities basic to MFT are server, client/agent, proxy and plug-in for ad hoc transfers.” 

At Pro2col, we agree with most of Gartner’s definition, except their inclusion of ad-hoc file transfers via an Outlook Plugin. Whilst some solutions do offer this, there’s a whole other section of the secure file transfer industry focusing on secure email with more in-depth functionality and better integration with other email tools.

For us at Pro2col, automation is the foundation. We define MFT has having a gateway, server and automation engine as an absolute minimum. Other features might include dashboards, custom forms, secure email, mobile apps, and the adoption of agents as part of a wider deployment.

Products featured

In addition to the seven products featured on the quadrants, Software Review document 16 MFT products in total in their full report. Those that clearly meet the definition of MFT are: HelpSystems GoAnywhere, Progress MOVEit, HelpSystems Globalscape, IBM Sterling, Axway MFT, Tibco MFT, and OpenText Alloy. There’s some grey area surrounding Oracle Managed File Transfer and Micro Focus. The remaining seven, however, are definitely not managed file transfer products, and here’s why:

Citrix Sharefile

ShareFile is a great file sync and share product, but definitely not managed file transfer.

SolarWinds Serv-U

Serv-U MFT is an SFTP server with primitive automation. It has received little development since its acquisition from RhinoSoft in 2013 and our independent technical experts have raised concerns about the security and safety of this product (see our recent SolarWinds Serv-U MFT Server review).

OpenText HighTail

HighTail is a file synchronisation and sharing platform, with content collaboration functionality specifically designed for the for creatives. With no automation, no support for open standard protocols, nor a file transfer server, Hightail is not an MFT solution. It was acquired by Opentext in February of 2018, which follows the previous acquisitions of Metastorm in 2011, Easylink Services in 2012 and GXS in 2013 – all previously incorrectly categorised as MFT solutions too

CA Dollar Universe Workload Automation

This is in completely the wrong quadrant as the name clearly indicates! It should be in the workload automation category which is a very different technology to MFT.

ASCi Active Batch

This is another workload automation tool, and – ironically – is ranked very well in the Software Reviews workload automation category!

Signiant Manager & Agents

Signiant sits in a subset of MFT, because it has the required components of a solution but doesn’t support any open standards delivery protocols. Instead, it has its own propriety protocol for fast file transfer.

CA NetMaster File Transfer Management

This product has no file transfer capabilities. It is a file transfer monitoring solution, specifically developed to monitor FTP traffic on the mainframe. It definitely doesn’t belong in this market analysis.

Next steps for selecting a manged file transfer solution

If you’re looking for an MFT solution, then please be careful not to put too much emphasis on analysis like this from Info-Tech. To really understand which is the best solution for you, I’d recommend our free and independent managed file transfer comparison service. You answer a series of questions about your requirements and our experts will match them against the leading solutions on the market. You’ll be benefiting from truly independent knowledge and many years’ experience scoping, implementing and managing this type of software. It’s completely free and we’d be really happy to help you.

InfoTech 2019 MFT report

There’s been a lot of talk in the Managed File Transfer (MFT) space about the recent Software Reviews Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant. The report claims to ‘provide a comprehensive evaluation of popular products in the Managed File Transfer market’.

As independent MFT experts with over 15 years’ experience reviewing products, we wanted to provide our take on this report. Our advice is very clear. This is not an accurate representation of the market, and here’s why.

Pictured: Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant, from HelpSystems website.

1. Definition of MFT

Info-Tech’s understanding of what constitutes MFT is fundamentally flawed. Of the ten products on the Data Quadrant, four aren’t actually MFT, so it’s not comparing like-for-like.

MFT solutions allow data to be transferred in a controlled, secure fashion, both inside and outside an organisation, between systems and / or users. This includes:

  • System-to-system transfers, such as automated batch transfers or workflows with a series of actions;
  • Transfers between people and systems, such as data capture forms with ongoing automated workflows;
  • Person-to-person or ‘ad hoc’ transfers.

The following four products are not MFT:

Accellion: This is a secure file sharing and collaboration solution only.

Adobe Send & Track: For ad hoc large files.

Citrix ShareFile: Electronic sync and share, for document collaboration.

LeapFile: For ad hoc person-to-person only.

2. Products missing from the Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant

Only vendors who have paid for the report are able to market what it says about them. This is not independent and it is not a review of the complete market place.

While we firmly agree with the placement of HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT and Ipswitch MOVEit, who were acquired by Progress earlier this year, there are several other market leaders not included on the Data Quadrant:

Globalscape EFT Server would score highly on both the ‘Feature’ and ‘Vendor’ matrix.

Coviant Diplomat MFT is benefiting from a lot of development at the moment, making it a likely player in the ‘Product Innovator’ quadrant.

We would also recommend Cornerstone MFT from South River Technologies (SRT) as a very good budget solution.

Other credible vendors missing from the quadrant include Axway, Seeburger, Jscape, Cleo and more…

3. Niche or incompatible products

There are several products on the Data Quadrant that just aren’t viable products for the majority of businesses. That’s either because they lack the development, are not enterprise-ready, or are niche to specific industries:

Oracle MFT: Our most recent market research identified there were only around one hundred Oracle MFT customers worldwide. Most of these sales came about to prevent customers discontinuing with their middleware product. There has been little development recently and their roadmap is limited.

SolarWinds Serv-U: This is a budget solution and not something we would recommend for enterprises. Since its acquisition by SolarWinds, the technology hasn’t kept pace with technical innovation and is now a long way behind other vendors. By using a Java web browser plugin, the adoption and usability of their product – especially in risk adverse enterprise environments – will be compromised. This feature is well behind the curve.

FileCatalyst: This is primarily for use within the media industries, with an emphasis on fast file transfer. It doesn’t have the necessary breadth of file transfer protocols or automation options to make it a mainstream MFT player.

IBM Managed File Transfer: This is ensconced in the banking/finance industry, built around their own delivery protocol (NDM). It’s an expensive solution, without the breadth of delivery protocols to make it a mainstream MFT player.

NEXT STEPS

If you are looking for an MFT solution, we strongly advise against using the Info-Tech MFT Data Quadrant for guidance.

Most MFT solutions have the same features but differ in the level of detail and complexity, and how they are delivered. The only way you will be able to identify the right one for your business is to fully scope your requirements. Make sure you look at the vendor closely too and see what their previous development release schedule is like from published release notes. These are the factors that will determine whether your implementation is a success and will ensure you back a vendor that should meet your future needs too.

If you need help, use our free comparison tool, which asks the right questions. You enter your requirements, giving as much detail as you can, and our experts will recommend the right solution for your current and future needs and budget. It’s completely free and there’s no obligation to buy through us.

Interested in a file transfer solution?

Repliweb Software Goes End of Life

Repliweb Software Goes End of Life on January 31, 2022

Repliweb Software Goes End of Life on January 31, 2022

 

In August of 2020, Qlik the owners of the Attunity and Repliweb product portfolios announced the retirement of a number of the products they had acquired.

These include:

  • Qlik Connect, formerly Attunity Connect
  • Attunity Repliweb R1, formerly Repliweb Deployment (R1)
  • Qlik Managed File Transfer, formerly Repliweb MFT
  • Attunity FASTcopy, formerly Repliweb FASTcopy
  • Attunity Drive Mapper, formerly Repliweb Drive Mapper (RDM)
  • Qlik Visibility, formerly Attunity Visibility

While these products will continue to be supported until the end of January 2022, Qlik are not offering an alternative for existing users. They say it’s not aligned to the ‘strategy of the wider Qlik portfolio’.

Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence when one software vendor acquires another, and it can cause obvious extra work and concern for users of the technology. Yet it can also be a great opportunity for organisations to review their requirements and look at moving to an alternative, modern platform with additional functionality, support, and maintenance.

Do I need to change my Repliweb MFT?

The short answer is yes! Running unsupported software brings high risks to security, business continuity and efficiency.

    • Risk 1: Security
      You won’t get software updates with updated security features. This means you could be running outdated operating systems, or out of date ciphers. Not only does this expose your organisation to malware, ransomware and other viruses, but it affects your ISO 27001 accreditation and relationship with customers.
    • Risk 2: Business continuity
      File transfer operations underpin the majority of business processes. If you have a production affecting issue, you are going to need to access support as quickly as possible. If your software is end-of-life, that support simply won’t be available.
    • Risk 3: Staff time
      Trying to solve an issue without experts at the end of the phone will take considerable staff time that could be far better deployed elsewhere.
    • Risk 4: Software incompatibility
      New applications are optimised for the most recent operating systems. That means when using EOL operating systems, you can’t upgrade to the latest and greatest, so you’ll have to hold onto legacy applications.

Repliweb Managed File Transfer (MFT) Alternative

 

Managed file transfer solutions specialise in the secure exchange of sensitive files, with both external supply chain partners and internally around an organisation’s network.

Given the fast-approaching end-of-life date, businesses relying on Repliweb software for securely moving data, could find themselves in a spot of bother – especially if it is part of their mission-critical infrastructure. If they have any problems, technical support will not be offered to users after the end-of-life date, unless they are in possession of a multi-year agreement.

Options are limited. You could replace Repliweb MFT with a modern managed file transfer alternative, or determine whether other integration tools already in place can pick up the workload. If an alternative managed file transfer technology is required, Pro2col can help.

Pro2col recently helped a large financial services organisation to migrate over 20 trading partners and workflows from Repliweb MFT to an alternative solution. Working with the customer, our experts scoped their requirements, reviewed the options in the marketplace, recommended a solution which would scale with their future requirements, and migrated their workflows to it.

As independent MFT experts since 2004 we’ve got a pretty good idea which products and vendors have a strong track record for innovation, documentation, support and active roadmaps. We help our customers to shortcut the process of product selection and reduce the likelihood of choosing the wrong software for your current and future requirements.

 

How to replace Repliweb MFT

 

If replacing your MFT product is something you would like to discuss, we would be pleased to help. Having delivered over 800 MFT solutions, our team will help you with the most important element of your project – making sure you have a clear view of what it is you are replacing and ensuring your future hybrid cloud and integration requirements are considered.

You can call us for an informal chat, or complete our free online software comparison questionnaire. You answer a series of questions, and our experts will review them against the leading products on the market, providing a personalised, independent product recommendation.

What is Repliweb MFT functionality?

 

If you are seeking to replace Repliweb MFT below is a list of the core functionality which you may be looking to replace.

  • Secure file transfers
  • Scalability to handle large loads
  • Auditing of file transfers
  • File transfer acceleration up to 10x faster than FTP
  • Web UI and desktop client to simplify for end users*
  • Enforced security policies
  • Pre/post transfer processing
  • CLI/API integration
  • Sharepoint Connector for internal and external file sharing
  • Wide variety of transfer protocols and encryption algorithms
  • Content filtering
  • Virus scanning
  • DMZ front end

* The WebUI provided by Repliweb MFT uses a Java plugin in a web browser. The use of Java functionality has been considered insecure since 2017 when most other modern MFT solutions replaced it with HTML5.

History of Repliweb MFT

 

Repliweb was established in 2000, with an initial focus on file replication and application deployment automation. In 2005, Repliweb acquired Softlink Limited, adding B-Hub MFT to the Repliweb portfolio.

By 2009, Repliweb was a strong established vendor in the MFT marketplace, having been listed in Gartner’s second ‘Managed File Transfer Report’ in the ‘visionaries’ quadrant with a high ‘ability to execute’. (See our review of the Gartner Managed File Transfer Magic Quadrant ten years on).

In September 2011, Repliweb was acquired for $7.8m by Attunity, becoming part of a wider portfolio of data management, integration, replication and deployment solutions.

In May 2019, Attunity was acquired by Qlik Technologies.

In August 2020, Qlik’s Community Manager Jamie Gregory, announced the retirement of Attunity Repliweb MFT.

References

https://community.qlik.com/t5/Support-Updates-Blog/Retirement-of-legacy-Attunity-products-on-January-31-2022/ba-p/1732910
https://www.prweb.com/releases/file_transfer/managed_file/prweb1478744.htm
https://www.linkedin.com/company/repliweb/about/
https://www.qlik.com/us/products/data-integration-products
https://www.qlik.com/us/attunity
https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/inno/stories/news/2011/09/07/attunity-acquires-repliweb-to-enhance-data-amp.html 

Managed File Transfer Buyers Guide

Managed File Transfer Buyer’s Guide – Start your research here

What is MFT and how does it enhance security, productivity, compliance and visibility? This free guide is compiled from 16+ years’ experience. It includes definition, product features & use cases.

Pro2col acquires IT security solutions provider ACS

Pro2col announces acquisition of Advanced Cyber Solutions (ACS)

Pro2col announces acquisition of Advanced Cyber Solutions (ACS)

December 2021

Pro2col are excited to announce that we have completed the acquisition of Advanced Cyber Solutions, a UK-leading specialist consultancy in managed file transfer led by Director Chris Payne.

As part of the acquisition, Chris will be joining the Pro2col team as our Technical Director, with a remit to support our continued growth and expand our technical and consultancy services. Chris brings a wealth of technical experience to the Pro2col team, broadening our already in-depth knowledge of MFT, information security and IT networks.

Pro2col and Advanced Cyber Solutions share the same ethos – a determination to do what is right for the customer whilst providing impartial advice in a crowded and complex marketplace. Together we look forward to continuing to enable organisations to implement simple, secure data flows that deliver real business value.

We’re looking forward to what the future holds.

Read the full press release.

Managed File Transfer Buyers Guide

Managed File Transfer Buyer’s Guide – Start your research here

What is MFT and how does it enhance security, productivity, compliance and visibility? This free guide is compiled from 16+ years’ experience. It includes definition, product features & use cases.

Microsoft announces SFTP support for Azure Blob Storage

Microsoft announces SFTP support for Azure Blob Storage

Microsoft announces SFTP support for Azure Blob Storage

There have been various ways of getting data to and from Azure Blob storage for some time, but SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) isn’t something that Microsoft has natively supported.

Historically, organisations that wanted to push data to Azure via SFTP would have to host an SFTP server installed on a virtual machine, incurring the hosting and software costs, then map the writing of the data to the Blob Storage.

However, all of that is about to change when SFTP for Azure Blob Storage becomes available in the public release. I took a look at the documentation to get a view of what was being made available, in short, Microsoft are providing a serverless implementation of an SFTP endpoint, which in theory could reduce the cost of moving data to Azure. In theory!

Microsoft has confirmed that the usual underlying infrastructure and transportation charges will apply when using the SFTP implementation, but they have not ruled out charging for the SFTP service either. Microsoft stated, “SFTP might incur additional charges when the feature becomes generally available”. I’ll be tracking the evolution of this service and will update this post when I find out more about the pricing structure.

Positives

  • It runs as a serverless application which should reduce runtime and therefore costs
  • Writes directly to Blob Storage accounts
  • Good number of options for SSH Key creation and management

Negatives

  • It’s not available from a UK datacentre, our nearest option is Ireland (North Europe)
  • Service will only be available on Azure Data Lake storage Gen2, although I expect most Enterprises are likely to already be using this.
  • Only authentication option is a local user
  • Multifactor authentication is not supported
  • No control over password generation

Unknowns

  • No clear pricing structure is available yet – and recurring fees are likely to be based on application runtime. Data throughput and storage requirements will affect other infrastructure costs.
  • It is unclear what support will be provided

Summary:

Whilst Microsoft are only just starting out on their SFTP journey, the functionality in this first iteration is extremely limited. This the type of offering is geared towards enabling DevOps teams to integrate SFTP into a new or pre-existing back-end service to consume data via SFTP, alongside all the other ingestion options.

Microsoft’s SFTP server lacks a lot of the standard security features which you’d get from a commercial application, or even an open source system, such as IP whitelisting and blacklisting – but I suspect that this might be possible within the wider context of the Azure platform.

If you’re looking at this from a DevOps perspective, Microsoft have kindly listed a number of more technical limitations of their product which you can take a look at the link below.

In my opinion this offering doesn’t provide the breadth of features most organisations would expect to secure the transfer of their data. I expect Microsoft to address a few the issues, but various commercial SFTP server software solutions are a long way ahead, easier to integrate and crucially has ongoing support.

 

References:

Product overview – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/secure-file-transfer-protocol-support

How to configure – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/secure-file-transfer-protocol-support-how-to

Known issues – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/blobs/secure-file-transfer-protocol-known-issues

Managed File Transfer Buyers Guide

Managed File Transfer Buyer’s Guide – Start your research here

What is MFT and how does it enhance security, productivity, compliance and visibility? This free guide is compiled from 16+ years’ experience. It includes definition, product features & use cases.

Christchurch Christmas Games Day

Christchurch Christmas Games Day

Fundraising for Save the Children

Christchurch Christmas Games Day

Fundraising for Save the Children

Want to settle who’s the best Mario Kart driver amongst your colleagues?

Or test your driving skills on the Scalextric track?

Or WIN the ultimate game of Jenga?

Take part in the Christchurch Christmas Jumper Day games tournament! For a chance to win some xmas goodies!

WHAT: To raise as much as we can for Save the Children, Pro2col are hosting a fun games tournament for local businesses to take part in.

WHEN: Friday 10th December 2021, 10am-6pm

WHERE: The Saxon Centre, Devonshire Suite 2nd Floor,Christchurch BH23 1PZ

GAMES: Mario Kart, Scalextric and Jenga

DONATIONS: £2 per play or x3 games for £5

How does it work?

Register your interest with the form provided.

On the day, come along during your chosen time slot and enjoy playing the games provided.

Challenge your work colleagues, meet people from the local community and top the scoreboards!

Be in with a chance to win some Xmas goodies.

All proceeds will go to Save the Children

How to get here?

The Saxon Centre, Devonshire Suit, 2nd Floor, Christchurch BH23 1PZ

Our offices are located in the centre of Christchurch, next to the high street shops, with Christchurch Quay a 10-minute walk away and only five minutes from the railway station.

We are based just off the Fountain roundabout. Access to the office is between Palmer Snell and Pizza Hut.

Walk up the stairs or take the lift to the second floor. Follow the hallway round and we are to your right.

We look forward to seeing you on the 10th Dec! Make sure to join the Xmas party at Saxon Square 11am-1pm too!

Find out what’s happening here.

Christmas Jumper Day 2021

#ChristmasJumperDay 2021

The Christchurch community unites for Save the Children on Friday 10th December

This is an open invitation to you, business owners of Christchurch large and small, to unite and raise money for Save the Children on this year’s Christmas Jumper Day.

The Christchurch Christmas Jumper Day Party will take place in Saxon Square on Friday 10th December from 11am until 1pm. There will be a selfie board for photos, a keepy-uppy competition, children’s design-a-jumper craft stand and more. The highlight will be at 1pm, when we’ll all get together in our festive knitwear for a community photograph.

Pro2col will also be hosting a pay and play games tournament in their Saxon Centre head office. You can compete with colleagues on classics that no-doubt featured on your childhood list to Santa: Scalextric, Jenga and Mario Kart. Sign up to play now.

There are lots of ways that you can help:

  • Participate in Christmas Jumper Day. Pro2col will provide you with a collection box and poster for your business, for staff and customers to donate
  • Pay to play in the games tournaments. You’ll get a 10-minute time slot to pop into our offices and play Mario Kart, Jenga or Scalextric (or all three)
  • Come to the party! Join us in Saxon Square between 11am and 1pm, and remember the photo at 1pm
  • Donate to this important cause – any donations are greatly appreciated and you can contribute via Just Giving
  • Get involved in any other way you can. We’d love to hear your ideas that will help us raise more cash:
    Are you able to provide any catering?
    Are you a dance, martial arts or keep fit organisation who would be willing to come and do a display?
    Are you affiliated to any football clubs and could run the keepy-uppy competition?
    Do you have a PA system we could use? Or are you an announcer?
    Are you a professional photographer?
    Can you offer any assistance with printing or banners?
    Would you be able to donate any colouring stationery or run a crafty stall for children to come and design a Christmas jumper?

““Christmas Jumper Day has previously been about wearing a jumper and putting a donation in a pot. That’s great for big businesses with lots of staff. But we wanted to create an opportunity for smaller businesses and franchises to join together in a community event for this important cause.”.”

James Lewis, Pro2col founder and Managing Director

In 2019, Pro2col and the businesses of Tuckton High Street smashed the original target, raising over £1600 in total for Save the Children, making us the top fundraiser across Dorset, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

Let’s make this year a Christmas Jumper Day to remember and raise funds for a very important charity. Please get in touch with Michelle or Katie at Pro2col on 0333 123 1240 or email info@pro2colgroup.com.

All money raised goes directly to Save the Children, changing children’s lives around the world. It’s surprising how even a small donation can add up to make a big difference so please donate via the Just Giving page:

  • £210 could equip 200 children in Indonesia with everything they need for school.
  • £100 could buy the essentials a family fleeing conflict in Syria need to survive the winter cold.
  • £50 could provide a child with a month’s supply of high-energy peanut paste, helping them recover from malnutrition.
  • £20 could provide a newborn baby and mother with the vital supplies they need to get the best start in life.
  • £10 could pay for a child’s schoolbag kit in Kenya to help children learn.

More information about Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day is available online.

Find out more about Pro2col’s charity activity and our company ethos.

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