November 13, 2012, 9:13 PM — The managed file transfer (MFT) industry has a players ranging from big-name tech titans to up-and-coming next-generation cloud-based vendors. Below is a list of some, but not all, players in this industry and a brief description.
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A leading competitor in the managed file transfer industry, Axway says it specializes in not only B2B (business to business) MFT, but also A2A (application to application), and ad hoc transfers. Axway is a French company that is popular in the U.S. enterprise market, priding itself on baked-in visibility and monitoring tools that provide both technical and business-oriented dashboards to track which data is being transferred. Axway recently beefed up its security policies too with its acquisition of Vordel, which specializes in API security compatibility for mobile and cloud services. This could fit in with Axway's Communities service, in which businesses can set up policies for different groups within an enterprise.
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Citrix, a trusted name in IT management tools, has its own line of file transfer products, headlined by ShareFile, which is what the company calls a "follow-me data" tool. ShareFile allows users to store and synchronize files across multiple devices and platforms, from mobile, tablet and desktop, with optional integration with Microsoft Outlook and centralized management, such as running audit reports, conducting remote wipes and linking in with an existing active directory. It supports transfers of files up to 100GB and also features Storage Zones, which is basically a fancy way of Citrix saying data can be stored on a customer's premise, or in a Citrix cloud. Last week, the company announced a partnership with NetApp where that company's storage operating system, NetApp Data OnTap 8, will be optimized to run as the on-premise platform in ShareFile environments.
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