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FTP Server Alternative

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We have a client who needs to store numerous large video files (200-500 MB, ea.) for a project, and allow 5-6 individual customers access to download the files for their use.

The client has an onsite Windows 2008 server with plenty of storage space, and a static IP address. So, the easiest would be to set up an FTP server in IIS. However, the client has ALL their corporate information on this server, including QuickBooks, and HR information. We are naturally concerned about security, and don't want to risk compromising their data.

What online, or cloud service is recommended to best facilitate sharing these large files securely to the 5-6 different customer users?

Thanks in advance.
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by:savone
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Here are some thoughts:

dropbox.com

drive.google.com

box.com

copy.com

onedrive.com

Another alternative is to set up a quick linux box to use as an SFTP server (or a separate Windows system for that matter).

I would stay away from FTP if you want something secure.

Also see:

http://www.zdnet.com/eight-business-class-alternatives-to-dropbox-7000028539/
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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ftp is secure in the sense that you can't leave the virtual directory one of the best ways to share files is using sharefile by citrix (http://www.sharefile.com)
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I would set up another server for client access.  In comparison to the potential loss, it would be cheap.  I also wouldn't use Microsoft FTP server but maybe Filezilla or something else.
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by:wmpenn667
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Going with another box running FTP, with no connection to main server.

Thanks for the help, all were valid answers.

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