Aspera Delivers Major Advances for FASP Platform

Aspera (Booth SL9110), an IBM company, will unveil the next generation of its FASP software platform for moving big data and media at maximum speed and scale, regardless of size, distance, or network conditions. Multiple new capabilities and advanced features allow an enterprise to meet variable data-movement demands in real time with speed, control, security and ease, and all capabilities are designed to move data directly to cloud and on-premises storage.

Advances in the Core Transport
ascp4 is the next-generation Aspera file-transfer binary, offering a new architecture for ultra-high-speed transfer of small files in addition to large data sets. The architecture transfers up to 1 million files per minute for even the smallest file sizes and achieves greater than 5-Gbps transfer rates for global RTT and packet-loss conditions (200 ms/2%).

FASPStream transport expands FASP transport technology for “live” and “near-live” data streaming. Aspera FASP is a patented transport protocol for achieving highly efficient bulk data transfer over IP networks, independent of distance and quality (round-trip latency and packet loss). FASPStream expands this capability to provide a fully reliable streaming protocol for in-order data delivery over Internet WANs with excellent quality and negligible startup delay. Aspera will demonstrate live video delivered over commodity Internet directly from Times Square to the NAB 2015 exhibit floor.

Advances in Direct-to-Cloud Transfer, Autoscaling
Aspera Direct-to-Cloud Storage transfer capability moves even the largest (4K) media formats from source directly to object-storage destination with native I/O for all major cloud storage providers: IBM SoftLayer Swift, AWS S3, Microsoft Azure Blob, Akamai NetStorage, Limelight Orchestrate Cloud Storage, Google Cloud Storage, and HDFS (beta). The solution outperforms other cloud storage “acceleration” solutions for large files and sets of small files in sustained transfer speed, aggregate throughput, number of concurrent transfers, and CPU/memory efficiency. New capabilities provided by version 3.6 to all Aspera On Demand products: server-side encryption at-rest in addition to client-side, as well as in-transit encryption; automatic determination of the cloud storage part size, allowing the largest file sizes to be sent without specific configuration; and clustered transfers enabling 10-Gbps+ transfers in/out/between clouds; and a new Aspera Transfer Cluster Manager (ATCM) with Autoscale technology providing elastic scaling, a multi-tenant access key system for security and transfer reporting, and automatic high availability.

Advances in Transfer Automation, Management
A new Aspera WatchFolder Service is designed to power high-volume automated file and directory transfers with advanced features for media workflows and content distribution. Built on asperawatchd, the new file-system notification service designed for speed, scale and distributed change watching, watch directories can now cover huge file systems and large numbers of watch folders.

Aspera Sync 3.6 also integrates asperawatchd technology to capture changes on any local or shared storage client host (CIFS, NFS, etc.) and aggregate all changes in real time in a single snapshot for speed on very large file systems. File attribute changes (Windows ACL, Unix ownership) are synced, even when content is not updated, and LZ compression achieves high performance on low capacity networks. Bidirectional synchronization now works on cloud storage as well as block storage.

Aspera Console 3.0 for Centralized Management is built on a new architecture with the ability to precisely regulate reporting load as the number of transfer nodes increases, dramatically improving scalability, robustness, and timely transfer status for large deployments.

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