What is Cloud FTP: Full 2018 Guide

Cloud FTP Infographic

Cloud FTP Infographic

A file sharing solution for today’s businesses. Reliable file transfer protocol for sending large files plus secure FTP server storage AND web file management with remote file access from any device. It’s Cloud FTP.

How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue…..

How sweet to be using Cloud FTP, transferring files from me to you.

Cloud FTP - sky with clouds

While the concept of cloud computing is more modern, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) was developed in the early 1970’s. Cloud and FTP are two unique things. Together they create a modern, yet reliable file transfer option.

What is Cloud?

Just like a real cloud, the “cloud” in regards to computers can be a little hard to grasp.

Cloud = computing on the internet.

Yep, that’s the stripped down answer.

How we use the cloud.

You use the cloud any time you are putting information or data online and out there into the world wide web. But, your data needs to go somewhere. Cloud computing is a global infrastructure of servers and data centers. Servers are where your files and data get stored outside of your computer. Therefore, cloud computing is sharing infrastructure resources for storing and accessing data online.

How businesses use the cloud.

Businesses and individuals use computers and servers daily to move information. Sharing resources like servers can improve the performance of your online interactions. Files and other business documents often need to be accessible to employees, satellite locations, vendors and even customers. The cloud makes it convenient for businesses to share those files no matter where individuals are located.

Businesses also use FTP

Many businesses still use FTP to transfer large files. FTP is based on a client and server relationship. Uploading files from your computer to a server and downloading them from the server when you need to access those files.

Uploading files via FTP sends those files to a physical FTP server. These physical servers are hosted behind a firewall. Usually in a secure data center with physical security measures. With your files securely stored on a hosted FTP server, it’s like your own “private FTP cloud.”

If FTP and Cloud are different, what is Cloud FTP?

Good question…

Why not get the best of both with Cloud FTP.

Hosted FTP with web access. As a file sharing solution, Cloud FTP offers the reliability of fast FTP transfers and secure file storage on an FTP server. Plus, you get the modern benefits of web-based file management. Get remote file access via any web browser on your computer or mobile device.

File sharing on any device

FTP Site is another term you’ll see. Especially for access to files stored on an FTP server. The FTP Site gives you access to your files stored on the server via a web browser. Cloud is more of a tool for accessing and managing all of your virtual documents and data. Large files can be an issue with just cloud file sharing options. Today you can use FTP to upload and transfer all of your big files while managing and tracking those transfers with the cloud tools and web resources.

Cloud FTP becomes your all-in-one file sharing service.

ExaVault file sharing activity log

Still unsure about Cloud FTP….

Cloud FTP & Security

FTP can be a security concern. Protocols like SFTP or FTPS add layers of encryption to enhance your data security during file transfer. Here are additional security options:

1. Passwords

Everyone is familiar with passwords. You can’t sign on anywhere without having or creating a password. Enforce complex passwords for your file shares and SFTP transfers for added data security.

2. Secure hosted FTP server

Using a file sharing service with a secure hosted FTP server takes the IT hassles and server maintenance out of your hands. Hosted FTP is similar to the cloud, but connects you to a dedicated server or servers to securely store your data.

3. Enterprise grade security

Look for services that offer enterprise grade security. Beyond a secure data center or server, this type of architecture provides multiple levels of security. From the physical infrastructure that stores your data to audit and control so you can track activity on your account.


Hypertext Transfer Protocol “Secure” is how a web browser communicates with a website. If you are sharing files online, this protocol checks the website’s security certificate. HTTPS prevents your activity on that site from being monitored beyond the fact that you visited that site and for how long.

5. Web file management

A well-designed web file manager allows you to manage all of your files and folder in one place. Online access means you can monitor your file sharing account from any device, any time. Along with passwords and other security features, web file management is the perfect example of Cloud FTP meeting today’s file sharing demands.

How will you use Cloud FTP?

There are two ways to look at this type of file sharing solution. From the Cloud perspective or from the FTP perspective.

1. Cloud file sharing with FTP access.

Use the internet to send and share files with your coworkers, business associates, clients and friends. Check upload status, file size and get receive notifications. All easily accessible online including large files uploaded via FTP or SFTP.

2. Hosted FTP service with web access.

Secure FTP server stores your files. Use FTP to upload and transfer files and large documents. A web based file manager lets you view all of your stored files, manage transfers and directly share files with anyone.

Security, reliability, and all the modern features. Cloud FTP lets you upload and share files in the way that is best for your business. Find a file sharing solution that offers the trusted reliability of FTP for sending big files plus the features that keep your files super secure and accessible anywhere.

FTP has evolved. For more information check out ExaVault. ExaVault is the largest dedicated S/FTP provider in the world, and combines secure business file transfer with a powerful FTP/SFTP platform, allowing businesses to use the same system for both modern and traditional file transfer workflows.