- Cloud Deployments: MFT has traditionally been deployed behind the firewalls, used for internal and external file transfer. With the growth of the public Cloud, applications and platforms are moving outside the firewalls. If applications, data and platforms are in the Cloud, MFT vendors need to be there too. MFT grew out of the need for better security, control and management of file transfers. FTP is still prevalent, especially in the Cloud, and MFT vendors have a great opportunity to leverage their history and capabilities to make the Cloud and data pipelines to/from the Cloud more secure.
- Mobile Access and File Transfer: Computing has gone mobile, and the need to protect corporate data assets as they move through secure and unsecure networks will be critical. MFT vendors have an opportunity to apply their technology in this space to help organizations reduce data protection risks.
- File Transfer Acceleration: Primarily for cloud to cloud, and on-premise to cloud transfer. Where we have enjoyed fast data transfer rates on LANs and within the data center, data transfer rates over the internet are still lacking and until the infrastructure can catch up, if it ever will, software based acceleration solutions are becoming more prevalent.
- Cloud File Sharing: We are seeing overlap between the MFT space and the Cloud file sharing space. Vendors such as Ipswitch are finding they are competing with the likes of Box, DropBox and other Cloud based file sharing solutions. MFT vendors have met the competition head on with ad-hoc file transfer capabilities. However, MFT vendors will need to make their solutions as accessible and easy to use as the Cloud based file sharing alternatives in order to compete effectively.
I’m interested in your thoughts on Stewart’s predictions—any points to expand on or debate?