Published on 21 Jan 2019 - Updated on 27 Feb 2020
Too many server solutions out there? We’re here to show you how an SFTP server can provide secure file storage for your business documents. We’ll give you the low down on SFTP servers and go over hosting options so you’ll know all the benefits.
First, a quick reminder on servers. A server is a computer that lives on the Internet and allows dozens or hundreds of people to connect to it. A server can store files, allow you to upload and download data, present a website or manage network resources. These are just a few examples.
An SFTP server provides secure FTP services so users can transfer and store data securely. You’ll connect to the SFTP server via popular SFTP clients like Filezilla, Cyberduck, or WinSCP and then you can upload and download as much as you need. Behind the scenes, your connection is secured with the SSH file transfer protocol. With SFTP both commands and your data are encrypted.
Now let’s talk about how you set up an SFTP server. You’ve got two options. You can either run one yourself in-house or opt for a hosted SFTP server.
Running it yourself means you have to buy the server hardware and install commercial or open-source SFTP server software. Popular software options include ProFTPD on the open-source side and Cerberus on the commercial side. You’ll be responsible for managing and maintaining the physical SFTP server.
In-house SFTP servers require a budget for infrastructure, backup systems, and support staff to maintain the server but does give you local control of your data. Additionally, the server can live behind your internal firewall.
Hosted SFTP is a way to get the benefits of a secure SFTP server without all the overhead costs. You pay a simple monthly fee. Often less than what your infrastructure and backup costs would be for your own server. And you no longer have to deal with the setup, maintenance, management and so on.
If you’re seriously considering a hosted SFTP server solution for your business, take a look at what ExaVault has to offer: