A better transfer technology—IBM Aspera FASP
Transporting bulk data with maximum speed calls for an end-to-end approach that fully utilizes available bandwidth from data source to data destination.
Accomplishing high performance along the entire transfer path requires a new and fundamentally different approach to bulk data movement. This approach would need to address the great range of network RTTs, packet loss rates and network bandwidth capacities that are typically found on commodity Internet WAN environments today.
IBM® Aspera® FASP® (Fast, Adaptive and Secure Protocol) is a bulk data transport technology implemented at the application layer that provides secure high-speed transfer while remaining compatible with existing network and infrastructure. The protocol retransmits only needed data that is not still in flight, for 100% “good data” throughput. Its rate control for universal deployment on shared Internet networks upholds the principles of bandwidth fairness and congestion avoidance in the presence of other network traffic, while providing the option to dedicate bandwidth for high-priority transfers when needed. See figure 3, which shows the throughput achieved under various packet loss and network latency conditions using the innovative Aspera FASP protocol. Using Aspera, bandwidth efficiency does not degrade with latency and is highly resilient to packet loss.
Figure 3. Graph showing how Aspera FASP transfers remain unaffected by transfer distance and highly resilient to network conditions.
Aspera FASP technology is a unique, patented technology for transferring large distinct files and streaming data and high bit rate video over long-distance networks where packet loss and RTT typically cripple TCP transfers. The adaptive rate control of Aspera FASP allows transfers to quickly ramp to fully utilize a shared network’s available bandwidth by dynamically detecting and adjusting the transfer rate as necessary, allowing other TCP-based applications to function properly.
With Aspera FASP, users can deliver live video and growing files as well as exchange files and data sets of any size—from many gigabytes to multiple terabytes and larger—quickly and reliably around the world. In addition, the protocol integrates the latest security technologies, practices and auditing technologies to keep your data safe.
Shorten your transfer times from hours to minutes
In the real-time digital world of business, organizations need to access and move large files and data between globally dispersed teams and systems in seconds and minutes, not hours or days.
Figure 4 shows that moving a 10 GB file or data set across the US will take 10-20 hours on a typical 100 Mbps line using standard TCP-based file transfer tools. As the transfer distance extends to Europe and Asia, TCP-based transfer times quickly become impractical and unreliable.
Figure 4. Examples of 10 GB file transfer times over varying distances and network bandwidths.
As a result, organizations suffer from lack of productivity as wait times extend into hours and days because decisions and actions will slow as the amount of data that can be feasibly used limits the relevancy of the insights gleaned from data analysis.
“With the speed that Aspera FASP offers, you don't need a local ingest site. You can actually transfer data from anywhere in the world.”
— Suresh Bahugudumbi, Senior Manager, NetApp
Hollywood studios, major broadcasters, telecommunications operators, sports leagues, oil and gas companies, life sciences organizations, government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations all face a common challenge: securely and cost-effectively transferring large amounts of data at high speeds for real and near-real time applications. How well they can achieve this goes beyond meeting a given challenge or enabling a single application. It can mean the difference between high ROI and diminishing profits, business success and failure.
Many companies across these and other industries rely on Aspera software for mission-critical transport of their most valuable digital assets—even when they are moving in excess of one terabyte per day over WAN infrastructures.