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Dedicated SMS Provider Uses FTP Server Solution From Ipswitch Inc.

SMS text messaging may be all the rage in the classroom and playground, but its suitability as a viable and valuable business tool shouldn’t be overlooked – not according to Tim King, Managing Director of 2sms.com, a technology business based around the use of SMS text messaging primarily as an aid to 21st century business. King believes that the proliferation of mobile phones throughout business, the concise nature of the text message and its resilience when compared to e-mail or even a call to a mobile make it the perfect medium for communicating mission critical information in a concise and readable format.

Users of 2sms.com’s SMS services have a multitude of input methods for submitting textual information that needs to be distributed as an SMS message. One method, via a website hosted either by 2sms.com or the customer themselves, relies heavily on the FTP protocol and 2sms.com has selected WS_FTP Server from software vendor Ipswitch inc as its FTP server package of choice.

“The sending of text files via FTP is one of the main channels used by our customers to get information to us that we turn into SMS messages” explained King. “Every day, we deal with an enormous amount of data sent via FTP and we needed a robust FTP server that offered the functionality and reliability required.”

2SMS.com purchased the software in December 2000 and it has been in constant use ever since. Customers send their messages as text files that are then uploaded to 2SMS.com’s FTP server ready for translation to SMS format and their subsequent sending out.

“2SMS.com is part of the new economy, a company founded solely on technology, “ continued King. “Our whole business model centres around successfully implementing and utilizing new technologies. Because of this we need to work with products that are powerful yet easy to use, scalable and reliable. WS_FTP Server fits this profile.”

2SMS.com evaluated a number of FTP server packages before making the decision to purchase Ipswitch’s product. According to King, WS_FTP Server delivered on all of the selection criteria; functionality, ease of use, availability of technical support and price.

“In considering our product choice, we were keen to ensure that our suppliers offer services that help us build strategic assets, with sustainable competitive advantage,” added King. “ We were impressed by not only the support offered, but by the regular software updates that clearly incorporate customer suggestions. The continuous improvement of the WS_FTP server product matches our philosophy of driving the business in response to customer needs.”

Another big plus for 2sms.com is WS_FTP’s is ability to marry the company’s SQL server security table to the access control module within WS_FTP. This allows them to limit FTP access to customers only, protecting the company from hackers.

WS_FTP Server is a full-featured FTP server for Windows NT systems. WS_FTP Server lets you create an FTP site that makes files and folders on your PC or server available to other users. Users can connect (via the Internet) to a site, list folders and files, and (depending on permissions) download and upload folders and files. You can control user access to the site itself and to its individual folders and files. You can also create multiple FTP sites on one WS_FTP Server, each will function as a completely separate site.

“Although FTP is only one option available to our customers, it is important that we offer the best service available,” concluded King. “WS_FTP Server is a solid, robust product that enables 2SMS.com to ensure its FTP service is as fast and reliable as possible.”

For more information please visit www.2sms.com and www.ipswitch.com






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