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Aspera Managed File Transfer vs. HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT
July 2022
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"The scheduling and management were really good. Monitoring was also better. It had a good visual presentation. It showed me charts and all such things. It was really good on that side.""Workload Archiving is a very good feature for us. It helps with our customer requirements in terms of reporting and auditing... Previously, when we didn't have any archive server, we managed the data in Control-M with man-made scripts, and we would pull the data for the last 365 days, or three or four months back. Since we installed the archiving, we have been able to pull the data, anytime and anywhere, with just one click.""The best part about this product is that it has a lot of features. Control-M doesn't limit us and we can use it for a lot of things.""Control-M is useful to automate all critical and non-critical processes. Using Control-M, we can automate application workflows as well as file transfers involved in application workflows. We can also use it to run batches related to applications. Automating these processes reduces the RTO and RPO, which helps in the case of failures. It also helps us to identify bottlenecks and take corrective measures.""The reporting is top-notch. I haven't found any other applications on the market that can replicate what Control-M offers. The alerting is very good, and I think their service monitoring is the best in the industry.""The scheduling feature and scheduling tool are the most valuable features. I like the scheduling services that we have in Control-M, which are very beneficial to our organization because they are automating things. There is also less manual work. We can schedule a task without any manual interruptions.""As soon as you have an issue, a ticket is created and the tech support is quite responsive.""The most valuable features are the GUI console, stability, and workflow."

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"The main feature of Aspera Managed File Transfer is that it's an incredibly fast protocol, you can use all the bandwidth available. If I need to send large amounts of data this is the fastest protocol on the market. I have been using it for some minor projects and it is very powerful.""Good user interface and ability to set up multiple file transfer jobs."

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"The SFTP and encryption functionality works well, and SFTP is the bulk of what we use.""If it's dealing with SFTP or any kind of secure transfer, we don't hear about it. It's good. Everything works.""The most valuable feature is the Advanced Workflows.""This is a very good product for managing file transfers.""I like the organization of resources, specifically listing out all of our FTPs and having a name and description to easily organize them. I also like the scheduler. The organization and the scheduling, being able to create the folders and the jobs, have been really helpful.""The most valuable feature is the ability to call a workflow from another workflow. That really gives you an edge by increasing reusability and speeding up development time. You can create a workflow which is a type of template and then call that workflow from any other workflow... It has sped up development time by 80 to 90 percent.""Another nice feature is that you can invoke a native program from GoAnywhere. That helps you because you don't have to get fancy with agents. If a native program runs on the server that GoAnywhere is running on, like sed or perl, you can use it,""File monitors are one of the most valuable features. We have about 400 file monitors running in GoAnywhere. They monitor the NAS locations where files arrive, and they kick off workflows. When a file arrives, GoAnywhere will identify that the file is there, move it to a consumption zone, then reach out to our enterprise scheduler through a REST API call."

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"I would like to see more audit report templates added, and perhaps more customizability in terms of reporting.""The stability could be improved. I ran into an issue with a recent Control-M patch. The environment would become unstable if security ports were scanned. This is an area they need to improve on, but ultimately it's a relatively small improvement.""Some of the documentation could use some improvement, however, it gets you from point A to point B pretty quickly to get the solution in place.""Its operations and infrastructure can be improved.""The reporting functionality needs a lot of work. We have faced problems with different versions where we run the right report, but it gives us blank entries. Then, when we run the same report again, it gives the correct data.""In general, it is a very good product, and we are very happy with it. It meets all of our expectations.""A lot of businesses are using ServiceNow, which is another tool. I would like there to be some integration with ServiceNow or other third-party tools as well as have easily available integrations. Right now, we need to write scripts. Apart from that, if there were some integrations with an ITSM tool, then that would be good. Because at the end of the day, most of our clients are using different ITSM tools. I know that BMC Remedy is easy to integrate with Control-M. However, if there was availability for Jira as well as other ITSM and DevOps tools, that would be a good improvement.""With earlier versions, the support was not accurate or delivered in a timely manner. What would happen is that I would be in production mode and I would have an issue and would want to get someone on a call to see what was happening. But they would always say, “Hey, provide the log first and then we'll review and we'll get back to you." I feel that when a customer asks about a production issue, they should jump onto the call to see what is going on, and then collect the logs."

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"Deployment is complex and it was difficult to get support.""Aspera Managed File Transfer should be packaged into another solution. Explaining to customers you need to have multiple solutions from multiple vendors for their use cases can get complicated for them to understand."

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"If the hostname has a dash in it then it does not work.""There's not a lot of improvement I can think of. Maybe in the tools section, they have an SQL Wizard and a URL Wizard, which are really good. I think that the SQL Wizard might need some improvement. I don't know how to improve it, but it's just a little slow here and there.""It would be helpful to have a way to actually have a job run without notifying the email addresses you have set up and without posting to the actual FTP... when you need to make a small change to a job that is deployed to production, and test that change, you have to go back and reset everything. It's not really a great way to test.""When a monitor invokes a project to accomplish something, that gets logged as a job. I've had a little difficulty figuring out where to look to see the monitor's activities itself, to see if the monitor is having a problem. For instance, if an account on a secure FTP server has expired, the monitor that uses that account doesn't announce to us that it's having a problem. I want to work with them on this to get it fixed.""At present, HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT integrates with an antivirus solution, but it's a bit kludgy.""The support desk has room for improvement. I keep opening tickets and they keep telling me that they're closed, but they're not resolved.""When we restart the agent on each server, it tries to go out to the internet and it takes about a 13-minute timeout before it can move forward. Why is there a 13-minute timeout value when trying to go to the internet? ...If they could limit that timeout or give us a way to modify it so we could have a faster timeout, that would help us at least knock out a half-hour's worth of outage.""API functionality wasn't part of our initial unit testing because it wasn't necessary then. However, shortly after implementing GoAnywhere, two different vendors approached us to do API transactions. We checked to see if GoAnywhere could do this and found that it was supposed to have that capability, but it broke down."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost is basically $100 a job, give or take."
  • "This is an area where it is a little difficult to work with BMC. They want to do licenses by job, which is what we have. For example, the simplest is to license by job, but they can also license by nodes. While the licensing is simple to use, it might not be the correct licensing model for the customer. It is okay because we want to license by job, which is something measurable. At the end of the day, licensing by job is the most important."
  • "The cost of the hardware is high. Because you need to license each job, it is costly."
  • "You're going to spend a lot of money upfront, but the benefits you're going to get out of it are going to quickly pay for it."
  • "Initially, our licensing model was based on the number of jobs per day. That caused some issues because we were restricted to a number. So at our renewal time we said, 'We want to convert from number of jobs to number of endpoints.' That cost us extra money but it gave us additional capabilities, without worrying about the number of jobs."
  • "BMC's price is based on the number of jobs."
  • "You must accept that BMC licensing can be very confusing. No one can easily understand how they calculate things, whether it is user-based, job-based, or server-based. The calculation is quite tough. How BMC calculates licensing is not easily available anywhere."
  • "There are human costs in addition to the standard pricing and licensing of this solution."
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  • "Aspera Managed File Transfer is not an inexpensive solution. I am not aware of many competitors to determine how affordable the price is overall."
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  • "Licensing can be expensive and it depends upon which features you want to buy."
  • "Pricing is based on a one-time license."
  • "It would be good for the company to explore a modular approach to selling the product so it could be cheaper and more attractive to users."
  • "For what we pay to GoAnywhere every year, we are getting a fantastic deal. From a dollar perspective, it provides very good value."
  • "The cost of GoAnywhere versus the value it brings to our data transfer operations is reasonable... The cost is relatively expensive but, back to the car analogy, that's to be expected with a Ferrari."
  • "I get the invoices, and its price is fine and appropriate. It is well priced. Even if it was double the price, we'd use it. For us, it is indispensable. We're not going to go anywhere else. There are no additional costs. Its licensing is good. There is just one charge that we get. That's it."
  • "To have a solution like this for the price we're paying makes it cheap. Considering the time that it has saved us, and considering the development that we don't need to do, such as connectors and handling servers, the price is really affordable."
  • "HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT is very reasonably priced for the value it brings."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Control-M acts as a single, centralized interface for monitoring and managing all batch processes, which is helpful… more »
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    Top Answer:As soon as you have an issue, a ticket is created and the tech support is quite responsive.
    Top Answer:Good user interface and ability to set up multiple file transfer jobs.
    Top Answer:The software licensing pricing model could be improved and simplified with portability. I'd also like to see the ability… more »
    Top Answer:Our primary use case of the product was for video file transfers and large binary file transfers. We are partners of… more »
    Top Answer:Its speed is the most valuable because every integration used to take months with old SOA tools, integration buses, and… more »
    Top Answer:Its user interface can be improved. The current user interface is a little basic for some of the use cases. We have to… more »
    Top Answer:We are a partner of HelpSystems. They have a branch office in Argentina for all Latin American countries, and we work… more »
    Also Known As
    Control M
    GoAnywhere MFT, GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer,
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    Control-M simplifies application and data workflow orchestration on premises or as a service. It makes it easy to build, define, schedule, manage, and monitor production workflows, ensuring visibility, reliability, and improving SLAs.

    • Accelerate new business applications into production—by embedding workflow orchestration into your CI/CD pipeline
    • Scale Dev and Ops collaboration, with a Jobs-as-Code approach
    • Simplify workflows across hybrid and multi-cloud environments with AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform integrations
    • Deliver data-driven outcomes faster, managing big data workflows in a scalable way
    • Take control of your file transfer operations with integrated, intelligent file movement and visibility
    The Aspera transfer platform is the the most advanced software solution for file transfer, synchronization and streaming of digital assets, allowing users and enterprises secure high speed movement of all of their data over any distance, to any environment, with none of the waiting. Covering a wide range of server, desktop and mobile operating systems, Aspera provides the most modern and flexible options as Software as a Service (SaaS), Run-your-own Software in the Cloud (single tenant), and On Premise Deployments.

    GoAnywhere MFT is an award-winning managed file transfer software which streamlines, secures, and automates critical file transfers through a centralized enterprise-level solution. The software allows organizations to connect to internal and external systems and exchange encrypted data using industry-standard protocols (e.g. OpenPGP, AES, FTPS, SFTP, HTTPS, AS2, and GPG).

    This solution can save you time & money, improve security, and help meet compliance requirements.

    Key Features: 

     - Browser-to-browser or sever-to-server file transfer and encryption 

     - Security features to help meet HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX, GDPR, and other compliance requirements

    - Cloud integration and hosted deployments

     - EDI X12 and EDIFACT file translation 

    - Secure file sharing, email, and collaboration 

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    Sample Customers
    CARFAX, Tampa General Hospital, Navistar, Amadeus, Raymond James, Railinc
    Gwinnett County Public Schools, Evonik, Voith, BITMARCK, Oracle
    McKesson City of Modesto, California Kwik Trip Northwestern University Charter Communications
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm32%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Computer Software Company32%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company8%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Healthcare Company25%
    Wellness & Fitness Company20%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Outsourcing Company5%
    Computer Software Company36%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aspera Managed File Transfer vs. HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Aspera Managed File Transfer vs. HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,518 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aspera Managed File Transfer is ranked 14th in Managed File Transfer (MFT) with 2 reviews while HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT is ranked 2nd in Managed File Transfer (MFT) with 17 reviews. Aspera Managed File Transfer is rated 6.0, while HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT is rated 9.4. The top reviewer of Aspera Managed File Transfer writes "Beneficial quick protocol, powerful, but limited use cases". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT writes "Simplifies the movement of data to and from our IBM i system, saving us time and increasing productivity". Aspera Managed File Transfer is most compared with IBM Sterling File Gateway, Sterling Commerce Connect:Direct, AWS Transfer for SFTP and MOVEit, whereas HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT is most compared with IBM Sterling File Gateway, MOVEit, BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer, AWS Transfer for SFTP and ActiveBatch Workload Automation. See our Aspera Managed File Transfer vs. HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT report.

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