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IBM Aspera on Cloud

IBM Aspera on Cloud


What is IBM Aspera on Cloud?

IBM Aspera on Cloud is a hosted service of IBM Aspera. Rather than just optimizing or accelerating data transfer, IBM Aspera’s high-speed data transfer fully utilizes available network bandwidth to maximize speed and scale up with no theoretical limit, without…

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IBM Aspera on Cloud

7 out of 10
June 22, 2021
It is used internally to transfer production logs, critical app data and resources. The engineering department uses and maintains it from …
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What is IBM Aspera on Cloud?

IBM Aspera on Cloud is a hosted service of IBM Aspera. Rather than just optimizing or accelerating data transfer, IBM Aspera’s high-speed data transfer fully utilizes available network bandwidth to maximize speed and scale up with no theoretical limit, without impacting other network traffic. According to the vendor, the solution drives unmatched transfer speeds, end-to-end security, reliability, and exceptional bandwidth control. IBM Aspera on Cloud also offers file sharing, workflow automation, central administration, and real-time visibility.

IBM Aspera on Cloud Features

  • Supported: High-speed data transfer
  • Supported: Built-in encryption
  • Supported: Intuitive file sharing
  • Supported: Bidirectional synchronization
  • Supported: Automated workflows
  • Supported: File preview
  • Supported: Configurable file deletion policies
  • Supported: SAML Integration
  • Supported: Customizeable URLs
  • Supported: Branding and customization
  • Supported: Centralized administration
  • Supported: Hybrid cloud

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IBM Aspera on Cloud helps organizations quickly move data of all sizes

IBM Aspera on Cloud Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android

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June 22, 2021

IBM Aspera on Cloud

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is used internally to transfer production logs, critical app data and resources. The engineering department uses and maintains it from time to time, the transferred files are accessible to some other concerned department(s) like internal analytics. Fast data transfer, especially for app resources and a cache backup are some problems this works best with.
  • Easy integration with IBM cloud
  • Great batch processing on data
  • Easy to Automate
  • The interface with which a cloud engineer interacts. Current IBM cloud interface difficult to use
  • Error logging/reporting could be better with offering some flexibility and exceptions
  • Predicted ETA a little deceiving
It is best suited to products and companies which extensively use IBM cloud and other cloud hosted services by IBM. This is because since the existing interface is a little challenging to use, IBM's own products and platform is well integrated with IBM Aspera on Cloud and there's relatively little work for the integration team
December 30, 2020

Aspera on the Go!

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
[IBM Aspera on Cloud] is being used solely by me so that I can forward large documents.
  • It allows large file to be sent
  • I can send it securely by email
  • I can download the application to my desktop so i have the files on hand
  • The recipient had trouble downloading the data and the software would not install for them
Again, it is user friendly and able to transfer large data
Ben Holmes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
To move large data files from on-premise to on the cloud. Most of our unstructured data and even some structured datasets can move quickly into the cloud.
  • Easy to connect to data sources
  • Fast data moving
  • Integrated with IBM cloud
  • Difficult to set up
  • Firewall causes issues
If most datasets are file-based and they are sizable, like 10-100 GB, then Aspera is worth connecting. It is built into IBM cloud and so no additional purchase. If your data is already in a multi-cloud environment, then the speed to movement is probably already resolved and Aspera would not be needed.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Aspera On Cloud is used to deliver sizeable media files (often upwards of 20GB) in as fast a manner as possible across large WAN connections. Using this technology helps us to get our product to our clients that are located on distant continents so that they can meet their broadcast deadlines. This would be impossible with simple FTP methods--the transfer would be too slow.
  • Ease of use: the Graphical User Interface doesn't require technical know-how to operate
  • Delivery Receipts: this allows us the confidence to know our files have reached our customers
  • Activity Monitor: lets you know how much data you have used, which is important for budgeting reasons.
  • I would like more easily scriptable workflow support - perhaps some Python libraries?
  • Email notifications when data quotas have been reached
  • I would like to see the price difference between Standard and Advanced come down.
IBM Aspera on Cloud is well suited to deliver files across global distances--especially where workflows involve data being used by different workforces due to economic circumstances. For example, if you work in Post Production, you might use it for transferring digital film plates to be worked on by your cheaper workforce overseas.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We were having data transfer issues with our usual cloud-based sharing solutions. The switch to Aspera has sped up our workflow exponentially.
  • Speed
  • Size
  • Ease of use
  • GUI is confusing.
Aspera was able to perform at a greater speed for file transfers than our normal cloud-based sharing solutions. Our clients have been pleased with our ability to share key information faster.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Aspera is being used to exchange Broadcast video files along various metadata files and auxiliary files among the European Broadcasting Union members. We have about 25 contributing members from different places in Europe and even from Japan, Canada and other places. We have about 50 members receiving the packages prepared depending on their requests.
  • Reliability of transfers.
  • Simplicity of use once well configured.
  • Availability of specialists to help building solutions.
  • UI is not always consistent nor working (drag and drop buggy in certain areas).
  • Missing contextual help.
  • Missing some granularity for the activity feature.
For large file exchange Aspera is great and you can count on it to get what you have sent. You can track its use and the progress of all transfers.

Unfortunately, some companies are using alternative solutions as Signiant and all technologies are not communicating directly.

Simple case, it would be great to have an FTP connector to avoid in some circumstances to have to get files from a FTP server to a personal computer to then reupload to Aspera, or the same to upload on a FTP server. This could be a degraded mode (in term of performances) but would be very convenient.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using it primarily in my department to transfer large media files from one person to another for review. It's primarily needed due to the increased need to work from home, but is useful even during regular times.
  • Upload/download large files without it failing and starting over
  • File integrity/no corruption
  • Storing files for re-download
  • Track upload/download usage OVERALL to know how much space is left
  • Track cloud storage overall to know how much space is left
  • More easily send single links to users for download, rather than full access (I know it is possible, but it is not intuitive)
Great product, it just needs to be slightly more intuitive in the interface (unless it's just me!). But even after poking around, I can only find my month by month upload/download usage, not how much I have left in my current purchase plan.
Prathamesh Muzumdar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Aspera has been the most favorable file sharing and cloud transfer solution that my company has used. It is very reliable and efficient when it comes to file sharing and file transfer. My company is in the online retail sector, and we have multiple software that we use and that are a part of our operational model. Some of the software we use deals with sales, logistics, CRM, HR, etc. We require a reliable tool to share files on software installation, and these files also include authentic information that is sensitive and cannot be disclosed to unauthorized personnel. IBM Aspera for us, is the fastest file sharing solution in a highly secured environment. The embedded protocols meet our security standards and speed requirements. Most files that we transfer take a huge amount of space and IBM Aspera allows us to transfer those huge files very quickly. It's a fast-paced transfer tool even when the internet speed is not that high. Aspera makes sharing large size files over the internet very easy.
  • Very easy to configure, implement, administer, and support. In my company, we don't require a vendor to support Aspera. We have a dedicated team, which does the work for us. This makes it cost-effective.
  • Features include file-sharing options for users outside the organization. This is a great feature especially if you deal with multiple sales vendor who requires restricted access to your software. Aspera allows you to share certain software access files with them.
  • The biggest issue is with version control, there are frequent requests that come along to update to the latest version. This becomes a challenge if you use Aspera around the clock. Any updates will halt Aspera's use and this can create operational inefficiency.
  • File download with the same file name creates an issue because the system doesn't distinguish between the files. No error message is shown and the file gets downloaded as it is on the desktop.
IBM Aspera worked out well for my company. In online retail, you are subjected to huge data storage and a large amount of file sharing. The biggest concern with file sharing is the size of the file and the security standards you have to follow when sharing that file. IBM Aspera was able to fit the needs well. For file transfer it is the fastest tool, we have shared files that exceeded 300 GB, and sometimes more than 500 GB, and Aspera takes less than 5 minutes for the file transfer to happen with a medium-speed internet connection. Another reason we use Aspera is that we have multiple locations around which we share files and it not a hassle to implement and support Aspera on those locations. We support Aspera at our client locations as well, and it is very easy to give clients and vendors access to Aspera. The biggest challenge has been the frequent version updates, installing updates for a company that operates around the clock is a huge challenge. We also found some features missing like search and filtering, and it is very much required for our company that we have those features.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using it to transfer data within the organization and between external parties. It addresses problems like file collaboration, sync, automation, and migration needs. The support of large files also is helpful. Structured and unstructured data files also a benefit. Moreover, since this is in the cloud, we don't have to have our own servers to host this.

  • File collaboration.
  • Transfer large files.
  • UI could be improved.
  • Plugins can be a pain point.
IBM Aspera is well suited to companies that span across the globe since it makes sense to use a cloud solution.
It is also great for enterprise-sized companies since it makes file sharing so much easier.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
We use Aspera on the cloud to share software installation files and marketing contents to customers and partners.
  • Easy to use and easy to configure and administer.
  • Desktop Sync Client is now free!
  • Options to share files or request files from users outside the organization.
  • Integration options can help save on costs.
  • Frequent request to install the latest version of the client.
  • Intermittent errors on IOS client when receiving packages as a guest.
Aspera is perfect to share large-format files over internet, especially when the internet connection is not stable. No value-added if it is for small and conventional sized files. Also in the case of migration of large volumes of data to the cloud, be ready to pay as the cost goes high. It is also not the best option to store and archive the files permanently due to the cost.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
IBM Aspera On Cloud is a solution used by our company to fulfill complex, bespoke file sets in excess of 300 GB. The business requirement is that we fulfill these packages in a single business day, globally. It's quite a challenge to do so in an industry where security is tight and connections are varied. The FASP Protocol in Aspera helps us meet our goals, both allowing us to turn around our workspace contents quickly, and offering the absolute fastest, safest connection possible. It meets both our stringent security standards and our speed requirements.
  • Totally secure workspaces. Files are invisible unless shared and authenticated.
  • Unparalleled speeds of transfer - Haven't capped the speeds yet, across multiple users.
  • Top-notch support services. I've never had a ticket go longer than 24 hours without being reviewed by an engineer, resolved, and closed.
  • Functionality is growing, and new features are being added (sometimes changing the experience without warning).
  • The UI is rather sparse and requires some getting used to.
  • Features like search and filtering on workspace names are still missing, so some scrolling is required to work within the Files menu.
There is no better transfer service being offered for the price, and no other transfer service that isn't renting pipe from IBM can touch the speed. Aspera can be used by any part of an organization, workspaces can be spun up in less than a minute, files can be transferred as fast as the pipe allows, and shared in seconds.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Aspera Managed File Transfer is being used by our marketing team, to share and receive media with outside affiliates. This program provides a hub to share and upload information to various partners and organizations.
  • This program provides a hub to share and upload information to various partners and organizations.
  • Media upload/download is fast and easy to use
  • Able to access this program anywhere
  • N/A
This is well suited in a high paced, collaborative work environment where a large volume of media needs to constantly be shared on a regular basis.

I recommend this program if you need to share media with multiple partners, in smaller work settings this program might not be the best suited for media sharing.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The organization I work for made the decision to purchase Aspera and have it integrated with a new Workflow Management system for their Graphics Department. As the Graphics Department was sending large files to different artist and project leaders, they required a very fast, reliable system that supported large files to be uploaded and downloaded with speed and with the integrity and quality of the file intact.
  • The upload and download speed is very fast compared to the other systems we have used in the past.
  • The file uploader has a progress bar which very accurately shows in both visual and percentage manner, the quantity of the file uploaded and time remaining.
  • Ability to send multiple files to multiple people. A lot of these file transfer systems dont have that ability, so its a great plus for a big organization.
  • The upload window doesnt stay on top of the web browsers. It kept getting lost if another browser tab was opened.
  • The system lacks ability to customize the due notifications when the upload/download is completed. The users should be able to choose if they want a sound notification or another way to be notified of large uploads/downloads that take time.
  • Multiple downloads of the same name (same file)have no distinct file names automatically given by the system to distinguish between them. I think the system should prompt an error message in that instance.
Aspera Managed File Transfer is great for big organizations that require large file upload & downloads and want to maintain the integrity of the file quality. Its especially important for files with a graphic element as any degradation in the file quality can have serious consequences. Its a great system to be integrated into an already established workflow management system. The file transfer managed by Aspera maintain their quality and the speed of upload and download are both phenomenal compared to the other systems out there.
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