Trying to decide on a secure file transfer solution that will best accommodate your needs, might prove to be a bit frustrating. There’s a vast market out there and it’s filled with great options. That being said, you should also bear in mind that these options are not all the same. In this installment of our comparison hub we’ll help you decide between SFTP To Go and FTP Today. Both offer secure cloud solutions accessible through the SFTP protocol, and take all the security means imaginable to ensure your stored data is always protected. FTP Today targets and caters to the needs of a very specific audience, while SFTP To Go prides itself on being a lean, flexible, robust, and automation-centered file sharing solution.
SFTP To Go is a secure data transfer solution. It launched back in 2019 and is now used by over 800 satisfied customers worldwide, among them are some of the world’s largest companies. Our customers find SFTP To Go to be the most suited option for their needs, due to its simplicity, tight security, and variety of features and use cases.
FTP Today was launched way back in 2001, making them veterans in the managed cloud storage market. Though their pride and joy, the GOVFTP cloud, was launched in 2018.
Simple. Flexible. Lean.
FTP Today are veterans in the field, and definitely deserve credit and due respect. When they started, back in 2001, they had to build their own infrastructure, setting it up with VMWare, CISCO firewalls for security and Zerto for replication.
But times have changed and SFTP To Go is totally up-to-date. SFTP To Go has the privilege of using Amazon Web Services which already come with built-in scalability, durability and robustness. Thus, making SFTP To Go more modern, and consequently leaner and more affordable.
SFTP To Go is built on top of Amazon Web Services and uses Amazon S3 as its storage layer, which is a scalable and reliable, high-speed cloud storage service designed to achieve 99.999999999% durability and continuous availability (99.99% uptime).
SFTP To Go’s use of AWS and its choice of Amazon S3 as its storage layer, make it a highly available, durable, and robust file sharing solution.
Soft on limits
SFTP To Go is also a lot more flexible regarding storage and file size limitations. While FTP Today has a hard plan-based limit on storage, and a file size limitation in line with storage limit, SFTP To Go has no file size limitation, and a soft limit on storage space. While our plans do differ in storage space, we’ll never take severe action when limits are occasionally exceeded. It’s only when it becomes a noticeable trend, that we’ll contact you in order to upgrade your plan.
Although FTP Today lets you add additional storage space for an extra fee, it requires you to contact their customer success manager and sort things out. Meanwhile, SFTP To Go allows you to upgrade or downgrade your plan, whenever you please, without contacting and talking to anyone (In case you’re not a people person). You just click your new plan into life. (That being said, we’re always here for you, and we’d love to hear from you. You can always contact us directly via the in-app chat).
Setup isn’t a hassle
This trend of simplicity and zero touch will accompany you from the get go, since SFTP To Go is a super easy setup that requires only one click and you’re immediately ready to go.
This is in sharp contrast with FTP Today, in which setting up first requires scheduling a demo with one of their representatives.
Are you with the government?
Another major difference between us is how specific FTP Today’s target market is, as they court government sectors and cater exclusively to US based users and companies. Let us explain.
While most businesses who share information also need to take the most diligent security measures possible, some sectors also require compliance to very strict regulations and security standards. Think of the stringent compliance requirements in government agencies and government defense contractors, or even in aerospace companies. In this line of work, not following up on compliances, could result in large fines, loss of business, and even jail time.
This is where FTP Today’s GOVFTP cloud comes in. FTP Today’s top tier cloud service is all about checking as many compliance boxes as possible. All of which are irrelevant to most businesses and users. This kind of catering to the needs of a very specific niche comes with a set of burdens, accumulating in a hefty price tag.
SFTP To Go can also take care of your compliance needs. SFTP To Go provides you with HIPAA compliance in our premium plans, and also regularly accommodates customers in need of SOC2 compliance that use SFTP To Go without any worry. Thanks to SFTP To Go’s ability to follow the Trust Services Criteria (security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, privacy), and top of the line security measures, you’ll definitely pass that SOC2 audit.
Why so America-centric?
FTP Today’s private cloud infrastructures sit in Texas and Kentucky, while SFTP To Go also has infrastructure in Europe or other AWS regions. This means European companies and users can use SFTP To Go and rest assured that their important data doesn’t leave the continent, thus also meeting the GDPR requirements.
The truth is that SFTP To Go actually allows you to choose where your data is stored, be it the US or EU, or even other regions of the world. That’s one more advantage of using AWS as a substitute for your own localized infrastructure. It’s one more advantage of using SFTP To Go instead of FTP Today.
Three cheers for automation!
As far as automation goes, it’s safe to say that your needs and concerns are better addressed with SFTP To Go. While both FTP Today and SFTP To Go allow for notifications that let you know when data in your storage is uploaded, downloaded, or deleted, only SFTP To Go provides you with event-driven webhooks.
In FTP Today, if a file in your storage gets uploaded, you’ll automatically get an email notifying you that an action took place in your account. In SFTP To Go, the same event could trigger an automated process using webhooks which allow your app to take action based on file activity in your account.
Webhooks come in very handy for a lot of companies and users. They are means of facilitating communication between online services, a way for apps to connect with one another, thus providing you with a way to integrate your apps using SFTP To Go as a secure data exchange point. You can read this blog post with our customers RECUP, explaining how they use SFTP To Go and webhooks in order to integrate their system with Shell, thus allowing a smooth automated processes of ordering and invoicing.
SFTP To Go also offers a REST API so you can build your custom integrations. It allows you to manage, control, and modify your organization, including credentials, webhooks, inbound network rules, and other objects. FTP Today, on the other hand, provides you with API access only on their top tier plans (starting at $270 on their annual prepaid plan).
So if you’re looking for a file sharing solution that sees your security interests as a top priority, and can also provide you with the freedom to choose where your data is stored, complete control of your storage, high durability and availability, and automation features, then look no further. SFTP To Go is the right choice for you, and it’s one-click setup away.
For your convenience, here’s a definitive comparison between SFTP To Go and FTP Today:
|SFTP To Go||FTP Today|
|Set up||One-Click setup, no human interaction required (but we’re there for you if you need us!)||Schedule a demo|
|Multiple user accounts||Based on plan||Pricing is based on number of users (with a minimum), except for the top tier plans which are unlimited|
|Activity Logs & Notifications & API||Activity logs
|API Access only on top tier plans
File Retention / Purge
|supported protocols||SFTP/FTPS/S3/HTTPS||FTP/SFTP/ FTPS/HTTPS|
|File size limitation||None||Up to storage limit|
|Bandwidth||Soft limit per plan||No limit|
|Security - Encryption on transit||✅||✅|
|Security - Encryption at rest||✅||✅|
|Security - Inbound network rules||✅||✅|
|Security - Passwords||Auto generated complex passwords + rotation||Set by user|
|Security - User level permissions||✅||✅|
|Security - static IPs||✅||✅|
|Designated Customer Success Manager|
|Accessibility||SFTP/FTPS/S3 GUI, CLI or programming library of choice + web access to management interface||Web client|
|Storage Durability||11 nines
Optional file versioning and replication across regions
|FTP Cloud offers 7 days of offsite backups. GOVFTP Cloud offers 30 days of onsite backups|
|Storage Availability||SLA: 99.9%
Status page for transparent and clear notifications on incidents
|Pricing||Starts at $25/month||Starts at $90/month (on annual plan)|
|Data Storage Location||Any AWS Region (including EU and US)||US Only|