Introduction

Thanks for choosing Aspera and welcome to the world of unbelievably fast and secure data transfer.

The Basics

Aspera high-speed transfers begin when an Aspera client authenticates to an Aspera server and requests a transfer. If the client user has authorization, then transfer tools are launched on the client and server and the transfer proceeds.

For example, an IBM Aspera Desktop Client user connects to an IBM Aspera Enterprise Server and initiates a transfer:

Depending on the user's transfer request, files and folders can be transferred to the server from the client (uploaded) or transferred to the client from the server (downloaded).

What is the Server?

The Aspera server receives transfer requests from Aspera clients, determines if the user has permission to access the server and authorization to the target area of the file system (source or destination with read or write access), and participates in transfers. The server can be:

What is the Client?

The Aspera client is the program that requests a transfer with the Aspera server. Aspera applications that can act as clients include:

What is FASP?

At the heart of your Aspera ecosystem are the FASP transfer engines ascp and IBM Aspera A4. ascp maximizes data transport over any network and is particularly suited to large files. It is a powerful command-line tool and also drives transfers started in the GUI.

A4 (ascp4) is another command-line transfer tool that is optimized for both large files and transfers of thousands to millions of small files, handling large amounts of file metadata as part of the high-speed transfer.

Both ascp and ascp4 are installed and enabled with your installation of Enterprise Server, Connect Server, Point-to-Point, and Desktop Client applications.

The Aspera Transfer Server

Your Aspera transfer server is a powerful, customizable hub for your high speed transfer activity. Configuration settings allow you to control which clients have access for uploading or downloading data, how much bandwidth their transfers can use, the priority of those transfers, and how data is secured during and after transfer. The transfer queue can be managed on the fly, enabling you to adjust as priorities change. You can also monitor transfers and receive email notifications when transfer sessions or individual file transfers start and stop.

The Aspera Server GUI

The Aspera desktop GUI is primarily a client transfer tool, but it also offers a user-friendly interface for managing users and configuring your server. Security settings, bandwidth use policies, and file handling rules can all be set in the GUI. Configurations can be applied to all users (globally), or to individual users.

Connect Server Web Portal

Connect Server takes an Enterprise Server and makes it even more accessible to clients by hosting a web-based storage directory. Authorized clients can browse files by using any modern web browser, and transfer using the free, automatically-installed Aspera Connect browser plug-in.

Asconfigurator: The Aspera Configuration Tool

If you are unfamiliar with the XML formatting required for your Aspera server's configuration file, or need to configure settings that are not available in the GUI, you can edit your configuration with confidence by using asconfigurator. These commands ensure that the XML structure is correctly maintained when you add or change settings.

Tap into the Aspera Ecosystem

If you have a variety of data storage systems and internal and external customers who need access to the content in that storage, Enterprise Server with a Connect-enabled license can be incorporated into a scalable Aspera data transfer ecosystem that meets your needs. Your Aspera server can be monitored and managed by IBM Aspera Console, and added as a node to IBM Aspera Faspex, IBM Aspera Shares, IBM Aspera Files, and IBM Aspera for Microsoft SharePoint.

The Aspera Client Transfer Tools

Your installation includes the following transfer tools, some of which require an additional license for activation.

The Aspera Client GUI

The Aspera desktop GUI offers a simple, intuitive way to create connections with Aspera servers, and to start and manage your high-speed transfers. The transfer job queue shows real-time progress and allows on-the-fly reordering and bandwidth control.

The FASP Transfer Engines: ascp and ascp4

These command line tools enable you to run transfers to any server to which you have access, and to customize the transfers (within the parameters set by the server). They are scriptable, supporting unattended data transfer and custom pre- and post-transfer file processing.

Hot Folders: Automatic Data Transfer in the GUI

Sending or receiving files can be even easier and faster by using Hot Folders. Available only on Windows, you can set up a Hot Folder to watch for and automatically transfer any new files that are added to that folder. Automatically send files to a server as they are added to a folder on your own desktop, or receive files as they are added to a folder on the server. Transfers use ascp and are easily managed from the GUI.

Watchfolders: Automatic Content Delivery at Any Scale

The Aspera Watch Service and Watchfolders combined create a powerful, efficient system monitoring and automatic transfer tool that can comfortably handle millions of files and "growing" sources. Automatically transfer files as they are added to a source folder. With a RESTful API interface, you have full programmatic control for custom, automatic transfer processing.

Watchfolders offer the same transfer and bandwidth management options as ascp, and can be monitored and managed through Aspera Console. Watchfolders are enabled in your Enterprise Server, Connect Server, or Point-to-Point Client.

IBM Aspera Sync: Directory Synchronization at the Speed of FASP

When everyone needs to see the same files or you need to be sure that every file is replicated, Sync provides a high-speed tool to do it. Unique among Aspera's transfer tools, Sync supports bidirectional synchronization for optimum collaboration and consistency between computers.

Sync uses efficient file system monitoring and change detection to minimize redundant data transfer and to reduce database storage requirements. Sync offers the same transfer and bandwidth management options as ascp, and can be monitored and managed through IBM Aspera Console.

Sync is installed with your Enterprise Server, Connect Server, and Point-to-Point Client, but both the client and server require a Sync-enabled license.