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When it comes to file sharing, nothing is more important than security. But when there are so many solutions on the market, it can be difficult to determine which option will best meet your needs.
For those who want to move away from -- or avoid building and maintaining -- their own in-house server, two of the more popular file sharing options are using a dedicated FTP server from a secure file sharing software company or using a cloud FTP hosting service.
Here at FTP Today, we have developed feature rich FTP server applications for our clients for more than 20 years. However, we know they may not be the perfect fit for everyone and want to make sure you make the right decision for your requirements.
In this article, we will define what FTP servers and unlimited cloud hosting are and dive into the pros and cons of each.
Depending on the level of sensitivity of your data, you may want to use a dedicated FTP server instead of a shared FTP server. You may be asking yourself, “What’s the difference? These are both FTP servers;” however, resources are distributed differently depending on the option you choose.
Dedicated FTP servers are for your use and your use alone; you won’t be sharing CPU, RAM or network resources with anyone. Shared FTP servers allocate resources across many different companies. Think of it like having your own office building vs. sharing an office space with other companies where you might share a printer room, bathrooms, or common spaces. While you may be able to secure your specific space, that doesn't mean the entire facility is protected.
Although we’ve covered the basics of what a dedicated FTP server is, let’s take a close look at some of the pros and cons of having a dedicated FTP server.
As with any software adoption, you’ll reap benefits and face a few challenges when adopting a dedicated FTP server.
First, we should answer the question, “what is cloud?” According to NIST, Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.
Cloud FTP hosting is similar to using a dedicated FTP server in that a FTP host manages and maintains the system for you from the datacenter and support, all the way through the application, but provisioning and other changes can happen much more quickly. You’re still working with a host to ensure the file sharing solution they are providing is secure and running efficiently. Using a cloud FTP service means that your FTP service is hosted entirely in the cloud (off premise).
There are numerous pros and cons associated with using a cloud-based FTP service. A better understanding of these benefits and drawbacks will help you decide if this is the right file sharing option for your team.
Both the dedicated FTP server and cloud-based FTP server are great options for most companies. Be sure to consider your options carefully when selecting a course of action. It may feel difficult to make a decision, but do your research. Find out exactly what you need your file sharing solution to accomplish and see which provider and their solutions best fit your needs.
One way to learn more about your options is to explore our free File Share Solutions Comparison Guide.
Learner, Researcher, Customer-focused, and the Chief Revenue Officer & VP of Sales for Sharetru, while overseeing Business Development, Marketing, and Customer Success. Brendon has successfully navigated multiple industries and has infrastructure certifications in GCP and AWS. He started his career in Oil & Gas...
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