Aspera touts data transfers with no limit on size, distance

Aspera touts data transfers with no limit on size, distance

Aspera, an IBM company whose mission is to move data at “maximum speed, regardless of file size,” added new features to its software platform that enable on-demand streaming of ultra large data files of any type across cloud and on premises networks at global distances.

Aspera's bulk data transport technology, called FASP, improves bandwidth and latency performance of wide-area networks to achieve speeds much greater than FTP or HTTP, according to the company.

The company said the cloud, with unlimited computing and storage capacity, has emerged as a viable alternative to fixed data centers, but so far cloud providers have not been able to easily move big data sets in and out of the cloud to realize its full potential.

The company’s new offering, Aspera on Demand, targets this problem by using its FASP technology to enable high-speed transfers of large data sets “to, from and across” cloud infrastructures.

Apera gives organizations the ability to move extremely large datasets such as scientific data and video through inherent WAN bottlenecks. The platform transfers and synchronizes large ultra HD files or millions of small files direct to cloud storage.

“Any content can now seamlessly move across distributed cloud and on-premises systems while meeting fluctuating demands in real time with speed, control and ease,” the company claims.

The company also introduced several other features of the Aspera solution, including FASPStream APIs, which allow media applications to transport live video feeds over global Internet WANS in real time with predictable speeds.

The APIs enable live production on remote cloud systems, including for video processing and transcoding.

Other new features include:

  • Auto-scaling Transfer Platform, which automatically scales and expands the transfer capacity of Aspera server software in the cloud.
  • Aspera ScaleDB, which captures all transfer performance statistics and provides key metrics on usage patterns and service levels.    
  • Aspera Drive and Aspera Drive for Mobile, which supports content sharing of any size from any remote cloud storage directly in the desktop or mobile device at speeds many times faster and with greater reliability. 

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Reader Comments

Fri, Sep 26, 2014 James

Thank you for this heads up on Aspera's offering. I know they tend to skew on the very expensive/most expensive option in the market for high-performance file transfer. It would be great if you could also write about other options folks can consider. We've heard of Signiant and Data Expedition for example.

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