Reading through all the top ten lists and top ten trend predictions for 2010 got us thinking at Accellion about file transfer trends for 2010, and the topic of FTP came up. Now wouldn’t that be an interesting 2010 trend if the number of FTP replacements outpaced the number of FTP deployments. Then the end of FTP misery could be in sight.
Perhaps it was the recent tweet we responded to where someone was apologizing for just not getting FTP… “Sorry, like too many users I have no idea how to actually operate ftp.”
For years FTP has been the standard generic IT stop gap for file transfer. If the only drawback for FTP was that business users don’t have a clue how to use it, FTP file transfer misery could continue on for years. But more recently the security issues with FTP are finally raising questions on whether FTP really is an appropriate file transfer solution for business users.
Could 2010 be the year where FTP is finally on its way out? Stay tuned.