Transfer big-data files

For all the amazing technological progress made in analytics and cloud, the fundamental challenges of reliably transferring and distributing large files and volumes of big data at high speed to locations around the world still persist. In fact, this big data movement problem has only become more pervasive and daunting across industries, with the exponential growth of data generated globally.

IBM Aspera® solutions are designed to help you globally ingest, distribute and synchronize huge files and folders directly to and from any major cloud or on-premises storage, without compromising performance or security. Built on the patented IBM FASP® transfer protocol — which consistently ranks near the top in every WAN-transfer throughput benchmark — Aspera solutions offer security-rich, scalable capabilities that can grow with your business.

Store and distribute big data anywhere

Fast and reliable

Moves large digital data sets quickly across global WANs and natively supports direct-to-cloud object storage transfers to and from on-premises infrastructure


Runs on commodity hardware, so you can use your existing infrastructure or leverage any other infrastructure or storage type, regardless of location

Security rich

Uses open standards cryptography for user authentication, data encryption and data integrity verification


Scales across transfer nodes, cloud server clusters, number of users or bandwidth capacity to meet a wide range of requirements

Industry benefits from the fast transfer, distribution and sync of big data

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Banking and financial services

  • Ingest large volumes of data into cloud-based analytics platforms and high-performance computing (HPC) servers at maximum speed over global WANs.
  • Meet service-level agreements (SLAs) for large-batch deliveries (for example, transactions, trades or policy changes) across global banking, trading and insurance systems; vendors; and processing sites.
  • Reliably replicate and sync critical data over global WANs to significantly reduce recovery-point and recovery-time objectives and help ensure banking, trading and insurance applications keep running through a disaster.
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Industrial technology

  • Shorten development cycles and improve global collaboration by distributing and replicating large engineering files and critical test data anywhere.
  • Transfer petabytes of real-world video and HD map data, collected by vehicles in hours rather than weeks, to remote development teams working on next-generation software for self-driving cars.

  • Ingest terabytes of data into HPC servers at maximum speed and quickly and more securely deploy findings to remote engineers, production sites or corporate teams.

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Life sciences and healthcare

  • Sync terabytes of omics data across global labs in hours, not days, resulting in better use of specialized equipment.
  • Optimize medical device makers’ transfers of large CAD files, test cases, software code and engineering artifacts across global engineering teams, test facilities and manufacturing sites to help keep production moving around the clock.

  • Move large volumes of huge 3D image sets to remote computing sites, researchers and medical centers for faster analysis.

Aspera solution delivers critical data to NetApp customer support quickly

The NetApp customer success team benefits from automated workflows and transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than HTTPS. The Aspera solution also saved NetApp approximately USD 1 million by avoiding the build-out of a local storage site.

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,

How customers use Aspera to transfer, distribute and sync

Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment uses an Aspera solution for fast, protected transfers of large media files to and from clients, helping them to meet tight project deadlines.

Using the patented high-speed transfer technology of IBM Aspera, National Instruments synchronizes large software builds between teams around the world from its centralized data center in Austin, Texas, to significantly accelerate its follow-the-sun development.

With an IBM Cloud hosting solution and IBM Aspera software, BlueBee delivers a powerful offering that accelerates genomics data processing for labs and genomic service providers.

Build a tailored solution for fast transfer, sync and distribution

IBM Aspera High-Speed Transfer Server

IBM Aspera industry-standard server software is the core of on-premises solutions for fast, reliable transfer of large files and data sets.

IBM Aspera faspex

IBM Aspera faspex provides global, person-to-person high-speed file delivery and exchange for files and directories of any size with email-style workflow.

IBM Aspera Shares

IBM Aspera Shares is a cloud-based solution that enables globally dispersed users and teams to share large files and directories.

IBM Aspera Sync

IBM Aspera Sync offers high-speed synchronization technology that replicates and synchronizes big data globally to support disaster recovery, file archiving and more.

Additional resources

A critical technology comparison to TCP-based transfer technologies
Learn how FASP transport technology uses existing WAN infrastructure and commodity hardware to achieve transfer speeds hundreds of times faster than FTP and HTTP.

IBM Aspera direct-to-cloud storage
Explore this innovative high-speed transfer solution for moving large files and data sets among leading cloud storage platforms.

IBM Aspera on Cloud
Discover more about how you can move big data to, from and across a cloud infrastructure at the speed your business demands.

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