IBM Aspera Drive

Exchange, share and synchronize large files and directories directly from the desktop

IBM Aspera Drive enables teams to quickly and securely share and exchange large files and directories directly from the desktop. Built on the patented Fast, Adaptive and Secure Protocol (FASP), Aspera Drive enables high-performance transfer and synchronization of files and data sets of virtually any size, at maximum speed over any distance, regardless of network conditions, with full access control, privacy and security.

Aspera Drive breaks all the enterprise barriers of conventional desktop drive and sync products, combining secure remote browsing, high-speed transfer, and synchronization of any size data from the user’s file explorer to any content storage location, giving the enterprise a breakthrough alternative to the commodity consumer cloud file sharing services.

The FASP transfer platform, which powers the Aspera Drive file- sharing ecosystem, eliminates the trade-off decisions across access, security, infrastructure and cost. Customers have the flexibility to deploy in-house on dedicated infrastructure, in the cloud with virtual servers and storage, or using hybrid infrastructure combining on-premises and cloud. These options allow organizations to take full advantage of storage and bandwidth at any location, retaining full control over security and service levels, while enjoying the fastest possible access and transfer times.







Diagram of Aspera Drive environment


Feature spotlights:

High-performance transfer and synchronization

IBM Aspera Drive handles extremely large files and data sets easily—including entire directory structures. It transfers and synchronizes files at high speed, regardless of file size, transfer distance, or network conditions. It provides precise bandwidth control to effectively use the entire allocated bandwidth for maximum transfer speeds, while being fair to other business-critical network traffic. It also provides precise reporting of transfer progress and performance.

Integrated desktop design

Aspera Drive allows remote browsing of projects and Shares directly from the desktop in Microsoft Windows Explorer and Apple Mac Finder. It allows you to drag-and-drop files and folders from remote Shares. This software provides the ability for secure browsing and access, and the ability to send and receive large files and data sets over any distance at FASP speed. It enables background synchronization to ensure that the local Drive content mirrors the content in the remote project Share.

Powerful security and access model

Aspera Drive combines authorization and access control for multilayered security, and provides security for data access and operations such as browsing, uploading, downloading, making new directories, renaming or deleting files and directories. It protects the data transferred with SSH authentication and encryption over the wire and at rest, and provides data integrity verification for each transmitted block.

Innovative architecture

Unify file sharing and package sending capabilities between the desktop and the enterprise. Drive offers flexible deployment models including on premises, cloud and hybrid cloud environments using Aspera transfer server software. It enables you leverage elastic compute resources in the cloud, while retaining security and service levels. It also supports direct-to-object storage transfers to, from and among IBM Bluemix, Google Cloud Storage, Swift, S3 and Azure Blob cloud platforms.

Advanced domain management and storage transfer capabilities

Aspera Drive provides multitenant domain management and integrated remote transfer node support for on premises or cloud infrastructures. It supports direct-to-object storage transfers to, from and among IBM SoftLayer, Google Storage, OpenStack Swift, Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure Blob cloud platforms.

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