The ability to download or send huge files without losing the information is exciting for Soft Solutions business development manager Paul Leslie.
The company is now offering Blade Transfer Services, a secure transfer product developed locally.
Leslie says the Blade product has been in the market for a year or so in the proof of concept stage.
“We do see it as something that is new and vibrant. FTP [file transfer protocol] has been around for a long time, but it’s long overdue for an overhaul.”
Director Valentine Boiarkine says Blade was started in 2001 as a consultancy firm.
“We develop global market content and because we had to deliver a lot of the large backup files over to Microsoft, we found it was difficult to make these deliveries. We had to put them on the courier and that would take five business days, which would make us uncompetitive. We had to look for a solution that would update these files over the internet and comply with all the stringent security standards that Microsoft imposed.”
Boiarkine says an FTP solution was not secure enough for Blade or Microsoft.
“FTP solutions didn’t cut it so we had to develop our own solution. The vision of the solution was always to be extra reliable and secure. We based Blade on the next generation technology like XML web services so this replaces FTP.”
She says the advantage of Blade Transfer Services is it can pick up an upload even in remote locations using a satellite phone and the person can be sure that it will get there in the end.
“The solution is totally reliable against network interruptions so if the network goes down, then no matter how long that happens it will resume where it left off. It is also tolerant against server outage and this is something that FTP solutions don’t deliver.”
Leslie says he immediately saw the product would work.
“When Blade came to me I knew straight away it was a perfect fit. Part of the excitement is having a good companion product. Offering this product means people can be assured if they are downloading a very large file and need to leave the office, then the download will just pick-up from where it left off. I find it very exciting.”