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An Introduction to FileCatalyst

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With media files blowing up in size, the challenge of moving these files is a very apparent problem that broadcasters are facing today.
This webinar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5cemDhep4I) discusses the differences between FTP and FileCatalyst technology.

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An Introduction to FileCatalyst

  1. 1. Accelerated File Transfer Solutions For Media & Broadcast Accelerated File Transfer Solutions For Media & Broadcast
  2. 2. What do we do? • Provide software solutions for moving large media files around the world using the Internet • Patent pending accelerated file transfers via our unique UDP based approach • Simplify ingest/distribution of large media file transfers for the end users • Provide all the tools for fast integration into existing media management infrastructure • Provide all the management, security and monitoring tools required to move large data across corporate networks and/or the Internet • Provide integration solutions with all major cloud vendors, including, Amazon, OpenStack and Windows Azure to accelerate ingest/distribution from the cloud
  3. 3. Underlying file transfer technology, and why FTP is not enough
  4. 4. Solving Latency Issues Every network suffers from latency Latency is an expression of how much time it takes for a packet of data to get from one designated point to another. Network latency is measured by sending a packet and receiving an acknowledgement. This round-trip time (RTT) is the “latency”. Visualize the flow of packets like water running through a hose. With FTP, there is a kink in the hose restricting the water’s flow. With FileCatalyst, the kink is removed and water can rush through unrestricted. FTP is a very serial process. Each packet of data must be received before a new packet is sent = Decreased transfer speed FileCatalyst completely saturates the pipe by sending multiple blocks of data = Increased transfer speed Source File Destination File Acknowledgments Data Packet Source File Destination File Acknowledgments
  5. 5. Efficient Transport Protocol Introducing FileCatalyst protocol for file transfers at full link speed: • UDP with proprietary retransmission and congestion control • Patent pending algorithm built from the ground up in-house • Transfer rates up to 10 Gbps (with encryption) using commodity hardware • Not affected by latency and speed degrades, linearly with packet loss • Ability to fully leverage multi-core CPU architecture and virtual / cloud systems
  6. 6. Congestion Control Network congestion occurs when a link is carrying so much data that its quality of service deteriorates FileCatalyst traffic plays nicely with other traffic on the link: • Congestion control will immediately detect server receive rate and react • Aggression (how much link capacity FileCatalyst tries to continuously recover) can be tuned to suit your network • Shares bandwidth with concurrent TCP streams • Slows down very quickly when congestion detected • Quick ramp up to reclaim un-used bandwidth • Zero tuning required for links between 1Mbps up-to 1Gbps
  7. 7. Amsterdam to London RTT 50ms, 10 GB File Distance 222 Mi/357 Km 1hr 28 1 Minute 23 sec FTP FileCatalyst 1 Minute 23 sec 1 Minute 23 sec 3hr 6 min Distance 5,295 Mi/8,521 Km Distance 8,684 Mi/13,975 Km NYC to Buenos Aries RTT 150ms, 10 GB file LA to Mumbai RTT 220ms, 10 GB file 3hr 22 min 1 Gbps Connection
  8. 8. LA to New York RTT 70ms, 10 GB File Distance 2,448Mi/3,939 Km 2hr 19min 8.4 Seconds FTP FileCatalyst 8.4 Seconds 8.4 Seconds 3hr 27 min 5 hr 50 min Distance 6,295Mi/10,130 Km Distance 10,571 Mi/17,012 Km LA to Rio De Janeiro RTT 130, 10 GB file London to Sydney RTT 300, 10 GB file 10 Gbps Connection
  9. 9. “FileCatalyst allowed NBC Olympics to fully utilize its link speed for the transfer of the 2014 Winter Olympics digital content and helped us deliver more excitement to the viewers that watched the Games on the networks of NBC Universal.” ~ Jim Miles, NBC Sports Group
  10. 10. FileCatalyst Product Family
  11. 11. The FileCatalyst Platform Send Files at speeds of up to 10Gbps Reliable delivery with checkpoint restart and integrity check Industry standard 256-bit AES encryption Watch folders / automation and web browser integration Integrated with leading broadcast workflow and MAM solutions Tightly integrated with leading cloud storage providers
  12. 12. FileCatalyst Solution Portfolio The FileCatalyst platform is designed to take the complexity out of high speed transfers, providing a flexible and comprehensive solution for almost any file transfer workflow.
  13. 13. FileCatalyst Direct • A point-to-point file transfer solution requiring software at both endpoints • Client applications include: • HotFolder: Automated and scheduled Transfers with folder synchronization • Express: Desktop client, manual process • Development Tools: Command Line, Java & .NET API for seamless integration • Mobile Applications: iOS and Android
  14. 14. FileCatalyst Direct HotFolder Express SDK
  15. 15. FileCatalyst Direct TransferAgent Mobile (iOS, Android)
  16. 16. FileCatalyst Workflow • Web-based file transfer portal (no client-side software required) • Automated transfers via HotFolder • Control where the files go (single location, different storage or multiple locations) • Ideal for submission and distribution workflows • Script execution, job status and tracking • Customizable UI to match corporate branding • Extensive management controls and audit trail • Customizable security Ingest Distribution
  17. 17. FileCatalyst Central • A web application providing an overview of a user’s entire FileCatalyst deployment. • View ongoing transfers in real-time, dig into transaction histories, and check or clear alarms. • Inspect connected nodes and remotely control FileCatalyst Server and FileCatalyst HotFolder instances from one central management console.
  18. 18. “The issues we were experiencing using FTP to transfer our files including lengthy and incomplete transfers and poor asset management were immediately solved with FileCatalyst. FileCatalyst sinks its teeth into the line to ensure the file gets to where it needs to go on time.” ~ Matthew Westrup, Travel Channel
  19. 19. FileCatalyst on the Cloud • Accelerates otherwise slow file transfer to and from the cloud, optimizing the experience of storing data on the cloud • No capital expenditures required; subscription based licensing is available for a low monthly fee • A scalable, completely agnostic solution which works on most public cloud solutions including Amazon, Windows Azure, OpenStack and ComputeNext •FileCatalyst solutions may also be deployed onto an organization’s private server or cloud with a similar subscription based licensing model •FileCatalyst also offers hosted file transfer solutions, with no hardware or infrastructure required
  20. 20. Amsterdam to London RTT 50ms, 10 GB File Distance 222 Mi/357 Km 1hr 28 1 Minute 23 sec FTP FileCatalyst 1 Minute 23 sec 1 Minute 23 sec 3hr 6 min Distance 5,295 Mi/8,521 Km Distance 8,684 Mi/13,975 Km NYC to Buenos Aries RTT 150ms, 10 GB file LA to Mumbai RTT 220ms, 10 GB file 3hr 22 min 1 Gbps Connection
  21. 21. LA to New York RTT 70ms, 10 GB File Distance 2,448Mi/3,939 Km 2hr 19min 8.4 Seconds FTP FileCatalyst 8.4 Seconds 8.4 Seconds 3hr 27 min 5 hr 50 min Distance 6,295Mi/10,130 Km Distance 10,571 Mi/17,012 Km LA to Rio De Janeiro RTT 130, 10 GB file London to Sydney RTT 300, 10 GB file 10 Gbps Connection
  22. 22. Our Partners
  23. 23. Summary • FileCatalyst provides software-based solutions designed to accelerate and optimize file transfers across global networks, featuring industry leading acceleration technology at 10 Gbps •FileCatalyst solutions are modular (purchase only what you need) and add more functionality and capacity when required. •File transfers with FileCatalyst are secure, reliable, and immune to packet loss and latency • The FileCatalyst development team is agile, our features are customer driven • Visit us at our booth at IBC in Amsterdam in September 2016 For more information, look at: -Blog, Webinars, Monthly Newsletter, White Papers, Youtube channel, support portal

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