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FTH-File Transaction Hub

Overview
FTH is a web-based digital file transaction hub. It brings together the tasks related to saving files, sharing files and communicating with others about files. FTH offers vast advantages over traditional file sharing applications such as FTP. The system is designed so virtually anybody can use it with little or no training. No software is required for users, only a standard web browser. This means that IT departments do not need to support FTP servers and their users again.


User friendly
If you have ever used an FTP client to transfer files, you know first hand that it is less than a user-friendly experience. FTH is a secure remote data transfer solution that requires no specialized client software. If you can use a Web browser, you can find/download or upload any digital file using FTH.


Security
Since FTH works over http, you get all the benefits of http that FTP cannot provide such as strong authentication, encryption, proxy support, and caching. FTH transfers are also more efficient than FTP. You can pipeline multiple transfers through a single TCP connection, whereas FTP requires a new connection for each file transferred (plus a control connection) In addition FTH is used over an SSL-based connection and user logins and sessions are controlled from the back-end server. Passwords and session handlers are hidden from the Internet making it virtually impossible to hack a user account. The FTH user database provides administrators the ability to control access to the FTH system as well as data in the system. FTP on the other hand, has no secure FTP clients that non-technical users can rely upon, and is cryptic to use by even the more technical users. FTH is built behind firewalls where only very limited ports are open so that users can login. Special lockdown scripts are applied to lock the back doors of the FTH application.


Virus Scanning
Each file that is uploaded and downloaded from a FTH site is virus scanned. This ensures that business-crippling viruses are not accidentally past onto clients and partners who share files.


Privileges
FTH users can be granted different privilege levels allowing network administrators to control access as read-only, read-download, read-download-upload and full admin. Users can be added to groups and groups assigned to categories.


Configuration
FTP is burdened with complexities and requires ongoing IT systems administration. FTH allows non-technical people to set-up and manage categories, users and permissions. No operating system knowledge is required.


Organized file system

With FTH you save files that logically belong together under the same group and find groups of files quickly by browsing categories. In FTP, users have to know the folder structure and cannot easily navigate around to store or retrieve files.


Accountability
FTH records all transactions and provides an online report interface so that users with administrative privileges can view system file transaction usage and user interaction. The same transaction records can be used to generate billing for FTH usage.
FTH provides email confirmations for downloads effectively letting a user of the FTH system know when another user has downloaded a file.


Performance
Both http and FTP ultimately use the TCP protocol, which is the primary determinant of transfer performance. The FTH calculates transfer time of files over typical network connections and displays these numbers with the file so users can estimate their retrieval time from the FTH dependent on their known network connection speed.


Searching
As files are uploaded into FTH, they are filed into categories. Additional information about the file such as install notes, configuration instructions, usage rules, pricing, inventory etc. can easily be added. Users can view the saved files and have more information about the file content and usage. Users also get a proxy image of the file that is automatically generated when uploaded. Keywords can be added to quickly find a group of files and advanced searches can be performed to narrow results.