Tuesday, January 26, 2010 #

Bandwidth: The Hidden Limitation

In this era of broadband net connections to home, office and street, the web user experience is generous.  Because of this, we expect our videos to stream and our email attachments to make it through every time.  In general, whatever we want to move, no matter how large, we expect it to get from point A to point B without trouble.

Sometimes that just doesn't happen.  Why?  The answer is usually bandwidth.

Between point A and point B is a whole lot of connectivity. The connectivity is measured in bandwidth.  In the exact same way a pipe in your home is measured in diameter and length, bandwidth is measured in kilobits per second, or kbps.

Pipes that carry water have a maximum capacity and this can be anticipated and engineered for.  A 1" diameter pipe can carry less water across time than a 2" diameter pipe and so on.  The same rules apply to internet bandwidth.

Bandwidth costs money, so some servers or services have more / better bandwidth than others.  For example, FilesDirect has more than enough to make sure large file transfers happen reliably.  Each different website on the internet is a server and the speed at which you receive the content it serves to you is greatly affected by the amount of bandwidth the web server operator has bought, or "provisioned".

That's just the first pipe in the chain leading back to you, though. Between you and that server are many pipes.  Some are huge and operate at nowhere near capacity.  But some are overloaded, slowing your transfer down just like an overloaded drain pipe will work slowly.

What's more, the connectivity's total bandwidth is constantly changing, which is why a download attempt that fails one minute might succeed the next, or vice versa.

In charge of your user experience, but hidden: that's bandwidth.

posted @ Tuesday, January 26, 2010 4:49 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, January 21, 2010 #

Video And Email Attachments: Forget It

If you've never tried to send a large video clip across the Internet via email attachment, let me save you the trouble -- don't bother.  Email wasn't designed to haul around large multimedia objects like video and that weakness still shows even at this late date.  The problems are:

The File Probably Won't Get There

Video files are big by nature, and with the proliferation of cameras on laptops more video clips than ever are being created.  Sharing these clips is key to business in a lot of cases, just like it is for PDFs, photos (JPEGs and GIFs) word processing and spreadsheet documents and all kinds of data types.  The problem is that video clips are larger (contain more data) by far than any of these kinds of files.  When you send a file using email, the sending program doesn't check with the receiving program if the attached file is too large to make it over, and with video, most of the time it is too large!   So what happens is the email is sent - and bounces back with "attachment too large".  But sometimes, much worse than that, the second big problem with video email happens:

The Attached Video Didn't Get There And You Don't Know It

The way email works means that a message with a big video file attachment probably won't get where you're sending it, which is bad enough.  What's worse is: you might not even know it didn't get there.  When email fails, you get a bounce message, but maybe not right away, and maybe not at all.  Plus, it's very common that the email makes it over but the attachment is prevented from coming over -- and you are never told!  That's no way to conduct business.

The Solution: Files Direct

Because Files Direct doesn't rely on email, any video attachment up to 2GB will make it to its destination!  Send along the file and an email confirmation to you and to the recipient appears immediately, taking the mystery and unreliability out of video file delivery across the Internet.

posted @ Thursday, January 21, 2010 1:16 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 #

A word from one of our fantastic users!

Here is what one of our users is saying about there File Transfer and Storage experiences and why they prefer to use Files DIRECT when sending and receiving large files.

"As a print and design  firm our business information and security of our client's data is our top priority. With FileDirect we are confident that our client’s data is secure and managed by a staff of support professionals that focus on our needs and give us peace of mind while allowing us to focus on our business."

"In the past we have tried other offsite data storage services, but when we needed support all we got was answering machines, high bills and a support team that was less than knowledgeable about their services and our needs. We would recommend FileDirect’s services to our customers and are confident that they will treat them right.

Mike Amaral   
Oak Hill Printing And Copy Center

Thanks  Mike!  We always enjoy speaking to our users. In fact we provide phone support to all our users on every account!

posted @ Friday, December 04, 2009 12:00 AM | Feedback (0)

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posted @ Wednesday, December 02, 2009 4:02 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 #

Upcoming Feature

Web-based file transferring has previously been limited by long URL codes.  FilesDIRECT has upgraded our system by integrating with bit.ly to shorten lengthy links making them easier to read.  Shorter file codes reduce further hassles because less link breakages occur.  Also, the need to copy and paste long URLs is eliminated thereby making file transferring more convenient and user friendly.  Smaller file codes can also be used with Twitter and Facebook, thereby ensuring clients are able to source all media marketing outlets for their file transfers.

posted @ Thursday, October 15, 2009 12:00 AM | Feedback (0)

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Do you need to send your large files right away but other trial offers are just too small or too restrictive?

Try out our new King Sized free trial for two full weeks absolutely no risk to you! Our King sized trial is a full featured account with no restriction what so ever, send up to 300MB absolutely free!

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   FilesDIRECT is a web based file transfer service built for businesses and organizations that send and receive large files regularly.
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posted @ Wednesday, October 07, 2009 12:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, September 17, 2009 #

Monthly Files Direct Promo

This is the first of our monthly promo code posts. Each month we will post a promotional code for cheap or free upgrades even a discount on first time accounts. If you currently use FilesDIRECT to send large files keep checking here each month for cheap upgrades to your account.

If you are new to large file transfer use this months promo code to get an extended trial, a extra two weeks for you to try out our file transfer service.

 Extended Free Trial Offer
   FilesDIRECT is a web based file transfer service built for businesses and organizations that send and receive large files regularly.
 Promo:fdblog09  sign up for the free trial plan and receive a two week extension.

posted @ Thursday, September 17, 2009 1:02 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, September 08, 2009 #

Send Files Securly World Wide Through FilesDIRECT.com

FilesDIRECT has many security features built in to help you protect your files and your account from unwanted users. For greater security you can encrypt  your connection,with 128-bit ssl, by simply pressing the secure connection button on the download and upload pages.

We also have password options which enables you to control who has access to your Private Upload Page and uploads files to your account. To protect your files during download we also provide an option to password protect your notifications, with this feature only the people you provide the password to can download your file.

We are always figuring out ways to make your data more secure when transferring large files, stay tuned for more.

posted @ Tuesday, September 08, 2009 4:39 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 #

More Storage Space For All

Keep your files for as long as you want and don't worry about the storage space. We have substationally increased our file storage limit for all accounts. Storage limits are starting from 2GB up to 50GB. Couple that with the fact that your files can be stored forever FilesDIRECT can be your place to keep all your important files. With FilesDIRECT you can have access to them any where in the world.

posted @ Monday, August 31, 2009 12:00 AM | Feedback (0)

We are now on Twitter

FilesDIRECT is now on twitter follow us here @filesdirect. Use twitter to stay up todate with what we are doing to the site or let us know what you think of our site, even suggest upgrades if you like.

posted @ Tuesday, August 18, 2009 3:56 PM | Feedback (0)