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Managing File Transfers with an Enterprise Job Scheduler

Windows, UNIX, Linux
Posted:
March 30, 2017

 

 

Chances are, your company already has a tool to manage file transfers. But is it doing enough? In the latest edition of “No-Stress Job Scheduling,” Jared Dahl is back to discuss some of the limitations of common file transfer tools and how you can better manage file transfers with an enterprise job scheduler.

Why Are File Transfers So Important?

Having a good file transfer tool is essential because so many companies are working with a mixed environment, meaning they are running a variety of systems within the same organization. Mixed environments are often the result of companies merging or being acquired and still needing the data off of their respective systems. A mixed environment can also develop for evolutionary reasons. For example, if the employees responsible for managing a certain set of systems retire, the organization may choose to move to other systems. When that move happens, it’s likely that at least some data will remain on the older systems.

File transfers are also necessary when a company has written a good deal of custom code over many years. The finely-tuned code needs to stay where it is, especially when the company no longer has the source, but the files created by those older platforms will need to be transferred to new systems.

Finally, with the explosion of virtualization over the last several years, there are many special purpose, custom virtual machines being set up to do just one thing. The company needs to have a tool to move the data from the specialized systems to other platforms.

The State of Existing File Transfer Tools

Most of the automatable file transfer tools out there are simple, one note applications like SEP and FTP. These tools work fine for the one thing they do—moving files—but they are weak on secondary features like history, security and auditing.  Furthermore, they are difficult to integrate. In a mixed environment, getting a command to run correctly from another machine can present challenges.

Solving Shortcomings with an Enterprise Job Scheduler

Jared recommends that those wishing to overcome the limitations of file transfer tools look to a time-tested computer science technique: ALOI/A, or Another Layer of Indirection/Abstraction. ALOI/A means that you wrap your existing toolset with another toolset – in this case an enterprise scheduler like Automate Schedule.  

What makes an enterprise job scheduler perfect for this task? First, enterprise schedulers are great at keeping a detailed history of which tasks have been executed and when. Second, they allow for malleable security. One user could be given permission to edit a task while another user would only be allowed to execute it.

By wrapping your file transfer tool in an advanced job scheduler, you’ll also get the option to automate file transfers in response to events or based on time, and the notification features will make sure you know if something goes wrong.

Automate Schedule will provide your organization with the history, security, and automation features that your current file transfer tool is lacking. If you’re ready to try Automate Schedule, click below for your free 30-day trial.

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