Setting up an FTP service to receive large files - suggestions?

Posted on 2013-11-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-13

We have a client that has a need to be sent lots of large video files that might be quite large in size.
There is both  an immediate need to get a big batch from one company. But also going forward they like the idea of having a permanent FTP (or something similar) service that allows different people to be able to upload large files whenever necessary and also allows them to resume file upload etc. (as for example, there might have a 20GB file, or even more)

What is the best approach to this? Any suggestions if there is a better way of handling it? Is there a third party service that would manage this well and keep it secure, giving different parties the ability to upload without each party seeing each others files

I was considering buying something like a Synology NAS for their network and setting this up for incoming FTP service. They could setup multiple FTP accounts for different partners to use and allow them to FTP as they needed. However Maybe there is  a better way?

Also my understanding is services like you send it / hightail, are better geared towards sending out large files. They do not seem as well geared towards making it easy for users to send us large files.

Thanks in advance for any input.
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Kimputer earned 500 total points
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If you use the Filezilla server (free) on ANY windows PC (doesn't need to be a server) with enough storage, you're already there.
Adjust the firewall/NAT settings, and you're ready to go.
For each customer, add a username/password, point to a folder created specifically for them and let them know the required info (server address/username/password)

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Will filezilla handle pause / resume of transfers well do you happen to know?
Just with it being such large files (20GB) we need to make it easy for people if there is an interruption in the process.
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Kimputer earned 500 total points
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Filezilla Server handles it well. For extra extra measure, make sure the other side uses a proper FTP Client as well (may I suggest the obvious, Filezilla Client?)
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Would you say Filezilla on an old Windows XP PC, would perform better then buying a dedicated Synology NAS device?
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Kimputer earned 500 total points
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Yes, you benefit in flexibility, price, configurability, error tracing, backup options, speed, downtime management. In essence, you win on all cases.

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Thanks. This is the way we will go.

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