FTP Server: Helping With Data Migrations Or Scanning To The Cloud

Written by Katarina on Aug 24, 2017

FTP server for data transfer has been around for a while and it’s still a useful tool for data migrations and certain hybrid deployments leveraging on-premises work flows and the cloud.  FTP is also cost-effective and easy to setup. If you’re preparing to deploy cloud desktops, FTP can make your life easier during the data migration process or later, for certain use cases like scanning to the cloud.

The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol that is used for the transfer of computer files between a client and server on a computer network. FTP is built on a client-server model architecture and uses separate control and data connections between the client and the cloud server. FTP users may authenticate themselves with a standard sign-in protocol in the form of a username and a password.

To summarize, FTP is really just a direct way to upload and download files directly to your server.

FTP setup

There are several ways to create FTP server, and luckily, we no longer need to rely on complicated command line interfaces to manage FTP.

There are several convenient applications that will pop when you google “FTP server”. The one we like the best is FileZilla. It’s a free FTP solution that you can install on the server to configure the connection.

FTP for data migration

FTP should be considered as one of the options for data migration. If you decide to use FileZilla to configure the FTP, you will be able to choose the port range for your connection. The same port range should be opened on the server as well. You will then need the public IP of the server to complete IPv4 settings. After that, all that is left is to set up the login credentials and point the account to a shared folder where you’d like the data to be copied.

FTP for scanning to the cloud

Setting up the scanning applications directly to the cloud can be little tricky. While it’s easy to redirect local printers through native RDP, it doesn’t work the same way with scanners.

Companies that don’t have to deal with high volume scans can just keep them in local desktop and then copy – paste them to cloud if needed.

For higher volume scanning there are few options. One of them is purchasing a licensed 3rd party software that facilitates scanning to the cloud. TS Scan is a great example of such software.

Other clients may prefer scanning directly to email, as it should be supported by most of the mid-range multi-functional devices.

Scanning to FTP is an easy, low-cost solution for high volume scanning. It’s typically supported by higher-end scanners like Ricoh, Konica, Xerox or HP to name a few.

The setup is quite easy. The setup includes the same steps as described above to configure the FTP server. Once it’s configured, the FTP details (link to the shared folder, username and password) are input to the scanner and all the scans will go directly to the FTP network folder.

If you decide to setup FTP server for data migration, make sure to visit FileZilla webpage.

Below I will also give you just a few examples of printing/ scanning devices that allow scanning to an FTP folder:

Xerox Documate 3920

Brother MFC-9340CDW

Lexmark CX725

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