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Akamai works with Aspera to accelerate file transfer

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 1:09pm
Brian Santo

Akamai Technologies has introduced a data transmission acceleration option for its cloud storage service that uses technology from Aspera.

Akamai is now offering its customers the option to accelerate upload and distribution of content on the Akamai Intelligent Platform.

The Aspera Upload Acceleration option integrates Aspera’s FASP transfer technology directly into Akamai’s NetStorage cloud-based online storage platform. The integrated system will significantly increase upload transfer speeds, with no need for customers to re-architect the workflow or build custom API calls.

By mitigating delays caused by distance and packet loss between the upload point and cloud storage, customers are positioned to achieve throughput that is multiple times higher than traditional transfer protocols. The resulting performance reduces the time required to make time-sensitive content, high-quality video files and large content libraries available for delivery across the Akamai Intelligent Platform, Akamai explained.

Michael Fay, vice president, media products and operations, Akamai, said, “With this technology integration, content can be accelerated across Akamai’s entire cloud-based workflow regardless of geographical distances or packet loss, allowing users to publish their content faster than ever.”

 “With a library that exceeds 14,000 titles and content coming in from 70 partners around the world, it’s crucial that we’re able to populate our service with new programs as quickly and efficiently as possible without sacrificing quality,” said Seung Bak, founder and co-CEO of DramaFever, the largest online video site for the distribution of international television content.  “Since adding Aspera’s Upload Acceleration to our Akamai storage platform, our upload speeds have improved substantially and we’re realizing new efficiencies in our content workflow.”

Separately, Aspera said its Aspera Drive, a high-performance file sharing and synchronization solution, is now available.

Also relying the company’s foundational FASP data acceleration technology, Aspera Drive combines high-speed secure transfer, remote browsing and synchronization of any size data from the user’s desktop to any content location – on premise and throughout the cloud.

Organizations using today’s file sharing services to improve data access and document sharing face the inherent limitations and risks of these services. File size limitations, slow performance over the wide area network and concerns over content security have limited enterprise adoption to simple collaboration scenarios, the company explained.

Aspera Drive overcomes these limitations with a secure data sharing and collaboration application and backend platform. Teams can securely browse, sync, send and share files and directories of any size directly from Windows Explorer and Mac Finder, with maximum speed at any distance with full privacy and access control. Content is securely transferred from its native location with transparent browse and sync control in the desktop.

“Aspera Drive brings the power of Aspera FASP directly to the desktop of users across the enterprise,” said Michelle Munson, Aspera co-founder and CEO. “The elegant end-user experience preserves all of the speed, security and reliability of Aspera technology and provides it to any individual in the extended organization.”

Aspera Drive enables the transfer and synchronization capabilities of the Aspera High-Speed Transfer Platform directly within the desktop file explorer:

  • Users can remotely browse shared files, and easily move those files and folders between platforms with a simple drag and drop from Windows Explorer and Mac Finder.
  • Users can directly synchronize any network file system or local directory with remote servers and other Drive users, or mirror content from remote sites.
  • Large files or entire directories can be delivered as faspex packages to remote project teams by simply right-clicking and entering the recipient’s email address. Users can also subscribe and automatically receive faspex packages to their Drive Inbox.
  • All data remains secure with a powerful and flexible security model combining authorization with enterprise Active Directory/LDAP, fine-grained access control and encryption over the wire and at rest.

Aspera was recently acquired by IBM. 

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