ExaVault's cloud based SFTP server hosting frees up your technical resources, removing the need for in-house SFTP server and network infrastructure, and gives you instant access with easy-to-use web tools and features. SFTP (Secure FTP) offers an additional layer of security, encrypting your file transfers in-transit. All of ExaVault's FTP services include SFTP at no additional cost.
One of the great things about using ExaVault's hosted SFTP server is that it includes a comprehensive set of account management and file sharing features. Every ExaVault account includes:
Using offsite FTP server hosting delivers the best of both worlds: a secure, affordable FTP storage solution, and sophisticated web-based tools that simplify your daily file management tasks. Running your own FTP server or hosting service is expensive – and you typically are stuck with an outdated desktop interface to manage the server. By using ExaVault's FTP servers, you forgo technical and security worries, you don't have to maintain any servers, and you get an updated web-based FTP and file management interface.
Security and account control go well beyond choice of protocol (FTP vs. SFTP) when it comes to the day to day file transfer needs of the average business. Our hosted SFTP server hosting includes a number of other high security features, including:
SFTP utilizes SSH and adds a strong layer of encryption to both data and commands, so a hacker intercepting your network can’t read your file transfers or see your username and password. Businesses often look for SFTP solutions because they help with compliance and keeping sensitive data secure. Additionally they may be required by local laws to use secure methods of file transfer. ExaVault uses a minimum of 2048-bit encryption, giving you the strongest level of security for all file transfers via our SFTP service. And you can enforce that all connections to your account with an FTP client are required to be SFTP connections.
Whereas FTP is its own protocol SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) is a network protocol allowing for file transfer and management designed to work as an extension of SSH which provides the secure connection. Unlike FTP, SSH encrypts both the commands that are sent and the transferred data.
The bottom line is that while FTP and SFTP may seem similar in functionality, they are not directly related technologies. Most FTP clients support both protocols, making it easy for you to choose the protocol you want to use to connect with our cloud servers as part of our service. Depending on your needs for security, or business requirements, you may be required to use SFTP. ExaVault supports both.