File transfer is a managed process of moving data between computers. This is often required to address security, size limitations or automation. File transfer can be conducted via the internet, network, or a local area connection. Software is also used to facilitate the process.

The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a TCP/IP application-layer protocol for transferring files between computer servers. It uses separate control and data connections between the client and server, and can authenticate users with a standard plaintext sign-in protocol, or connect anonymously. It is sometimes supplanted by Secure FTP (SFTP), a subset of the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol that allows for encrypted communication between the client and server.

Getting an accurate estimate for the time it will take to transfer a large file depends on several factors. For instance, the distance between the sender and recipient, the external drive write speed, and the transfer cable type will all impact how long it takes to move a file. Additionally, the file size will play a role in how long it takes to process before becoming available for use.

Whether it’s batch transactions with an outsourcing payroll provider, large data sets or 4K video productions, the ability to move data quickly and reliably is critical to business operations. With MASV, organizations can securely send large files up to terabytes in size online—with speed and stability that professionals across the globe depend on to keep projects on schedule. Learn more about MASV here.  Upload files