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…and increase security too.

Wick Hill release: Woking, Surrey: 8th April, 2009 - Everyone is looking to cut costs in the recession, but there is one solution which many companies don’t realise has the potential to save money for minimal investment (with fast ROI) and minimal disruption.

Enterprises are happy to live with legacy systems in a recession, given the huge upheaval and potential cost which replacement can bring. But those legacy systems have some costly aspects to them which can be improved and which offer the potential to cut costs.

FTP file transfer normally goes on in the background without anyone paying too much attention to it. However FTP is insecure and has poor performance.

Additionally, compliance requirements make it difficult to stay with FTP as it doesn’t support strong authentication or strong encryption, and lacks data integrity. The security simply isn’t up to the standard required today and the increasing demands of compliance regulations.

Performance is poor, especially with ever-increasing file sizes and an ever-increasing number of files to be transferred, resulting in too much server time being taken up and too many valuable staff tied up with file transfer administration - crucial cost considerations.

Cutting costs

Replacing FTP with an efficient SFTP (secure file transfer protocol) solution will ensure enterprises are compliant with security requirements and will at the same provide much improved performance and scalability, together with good management and reporting.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of leading security VAD Wick Hill, said: “In the absence of awareness of the hidden costs of FTP file transfer, many organisations overlook the fact that increasing their security can actually yield quick cost savings!”

Potential cost savings will come from the improved performance and improved security of SFTP. SFTP takes up less server capacity and frees valuable staff from administering file transfers, with consequent cost savings. Additionally, costly security incidents and compliance problems can be avoided with the improved security features. Where multiple legacy systems are present, these savings can be commensurately greater.

The huge differences in SFTP solutions

It’s crucial to pick the right SFTP system because there are huge differences in performance, which can affect the ability to get ROI on investment.

Recent tests (December 2008) by Tolly(1) showed that Open Text Connectivity Secure Server 1.0 had the highest performance and maximum scalability of three secure server products tested (Open Text Connectivity Secure Server 1.0; Attachmate Corp Reflection for Secure IT Server 6.1; and SSH Communications Tectia Server 6.0)

In tests, transferring a 36 Mb file from a server to a requesting client, Open Text completed the task 10x faster than SSH’s Tectia Server and 24 times faster than Attachmate’s Reflection for Secure IT Server.

And Open Text was the only product to scale successfully to 1024 sessions. This means it can be deployed on just a single server, saving on hardware costs, space, and associated deployment and ongoing support costs. The report found that users would spend 5,600$ to support 1000 sessions with Open Text, 14,000$ for SSH and 60,000$ for Attachmate.

Open Text Connectivity Secure Server 1.0

Connectivity Secure Server 1.0 is a high performance secure shell 2 server for Windows. It offers SFTP for secure file transfer and Secure Shell 2 for secure terminal sessions as well as FIPS 140-2 validated encryption for securing network traffic. It is extremely scalable, can support a large number of simultaneous users, transfer files faster than comparable solutions, and has a light memory and processor footprint.

Availability and price
Open Text Connectivity Secure Server 1.0 is available through Wick Hill resellers.


1. Link to the Tolly test[1].pdf

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