What is MFT (Managed File Transfer)?


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MFT (Managed File Transfer) is an evolution of the popular FTP (File Transfer Protocol) technology. When basic FTP file transfer is not enough for IT teams to exercise the desired level of file transfer control, administration, and automation, you can employ MFT. MFT is generally used by organizations that have requirements beyond basic ad hoc file transfer with FTP or HTTP. MFT supports internal, external, and ad hoc data transfer requirements.


Capabilities of a Managed File Transfer Solution



MFT offers a higher level of security than FTP by supporting secure protocols such as FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS) and SFTP (FTP over SSH). These protocols provide additional security and encryption to protect data in transit, which helps prevent data snooping, tampering, and leakage.



As the term "managed" implies, management of file transfer operations is one of the most significant capabilities of an MFT solution. This includes monitoring real-time statistics of file transfer operations, controlling end-user permissions, reporting, logging and audit trails, managing file storage and transfers, and more.


MFT Server gives you complete visibility of all file transfers happening over the corporate network and puts IT staff in control of who transfers what, when, where, and how. This helps you avoid shadow IT file sharing in enterprise networks.



MFT software typically supports event-driven automation to perform specific tasks based on events generated on the server, domain, user, and group level. You can program the MFT server to trigger actions such as:

  • Sending emails or running programs when files arrive
  • Deleting files as soon as they are downloaded
  • Writing to Windows® event log messages

File Sharing

MFT servers are known to offer file sharing capabilities in addition to file transfer. File sharing enables password protection for security, and allows your end-users to send and request files from anyone over the Internet.


Integration with IT Systems

MFT solutions are designed to consider your overall IT architecture. They also help you assess how to integrate the file transfer technology with your other IT systems, such as storage, Active Directory® and LDAP servers, SIEM tools, etc.



While it is difficult for an FTP server to scale, MFT Server easily scales according to your IT requirements and end-users’ needs. MFT is suitable for organizations of all sizes. Scalability helps you expand your applications of MFT and finds uses in file transfer high-availability scenarios as well as disaster recovery in geographically dispersed networks.



Secure data exchange and data storage is mandatory in most compliance standards including PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, FISMA, etc. MFT solutions provide security encryption to help you meet compliance reporting and auditing requirements.


How Serv-U MFT Server Can Help

Serv-U MFT Server is a powerful, yet affordable managed file transfer solution that delivers enhanced security, administration, and file transfer governance in comparison to standalone FTP solutions. MFT Server is a self-hosted software that you deploy in your data center to gain full control of administration and setup. This helps eliminate the need for SaaS-based FTP solutions and the risk of data compromise in the Cloud.

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