Large File Transfers (LFT’s), in other words, files over 40MB have long been a challenge. Most systems max out below that level and either reject the move or default to some kind of folder link. Specialist vendors such as WeTransfer and FileMail have provided systems to meet the need. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) also a commonly used method of moving large files.
For many, it is a non-issue, but as images, videos and audio files grow in size and volume, the need to transfer large files is now going mainstream and is no longer limited to those in Media, Engineering & Healthcare. This week Dropbox announced a new service to support the movement of files up to 100GB to all of its customers, and that will be a game-changer for many. It’s a good move for Dropbox and will appeal to its small and mid-sized business customers. It will of course also appeal to its consumer base of digital borders. Presumably, Box et al will also now respond with something similar.
However, a word of caution is required. Simply transferring files is not the same as migrating repositories. There remains a higher end need for companies to move not just large volumes of files, but also their associated permissions and dependencies. That is a specialist job, that should be left to the likes of CloudFASTPAST (Tervela), Xillio, Mover (now part of Microsoft) and SkySync.
The free movement of files and repositories, just like the movement of people, needs to be open and simple, yet secure and managed… but that is a topic for another day.