FileCatalyst Integrated with Amazon S3 at NAB

Unlimi-Tech Software is demonstrating an updated version of its FileCatalyst file transfer capabilities for users of the Amazon S3 online file storage web service at NAB.

According to Unlimi-Tech, the benefits of Amazon S3 cloud storage versus local storage are that it provides high bandwidth data access, scalability, durability, and redundancy. However, file transfers into S3 can be slow because of inherent latency issues, a problem that becomes even more prevalent as file sizes increase.

FileCatalyst’s technology is apparently immune to packet loss and network latency, “which makes it a faster, more efficient file transfer choice” says the firm.

Released at NAB, an updated version integrates FileCatalyst Direct, a suite of client and server applications that uses FileCatalyst’s UDP file transfer technology.

“When we decided to integrate with Amazon S3, we didn't want the user experience to differ from using any other file system in FileCatalyst,” says CEO Chris Bailey. “All key functions are supported, like MD5 checksums, resuming interrupted transfers, and of course industry leading security and reliability. For our integration, we leveraged the most advanced features of the Amazon S3 SDK, like advanced copy and multipart upload features. Users no longer need to worry about dealing directly with an object store like S3. FileCatalyst does it for you, and does it seamlessly.”

Multipart HTTP file uploads by FileCatalyst are performed within the Amazon S3 infrastructure. Everything outside the infrastructure exploits FileCatalyst UDP-based acceleration. FileCatalyst’s use of UDP in the higher latency WAN area, coupled with lower latency S3 and Amazon EC2 areas, adds further performance improvements to FileCatalyst’s already blazing transfer speeds.

Another feature of the FileCatalyst server is the ability to define virtual files and virtual folders. For example, a file or folder hosted in S3 can be made available to a particular user by creating a virtual file or sub-folder that points to a defined file system, which can then be assigned to a user who will see all locally stored files and folders as well as those sitting on S3, any of which can now be downloaded. If preferred, files and folders from both realms can also be assigned to a group for access or sharing.

Unlimi-Tech Software at NAB Booth SL8505

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