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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 provides email confirmations for downloads effectively
letting a user of the FTH system know when another user has
downloaded a file.
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.
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