What is File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Integration?

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a method of exchanging digital data between networked computers. Today with FTP, enterprises can exchange data between the computers that are connected to the same network. With FTP you can transfer data, make certain changes on the computer that is connected over FTP. Especially enterprises who have lots of devices at every department can use FTP because it can facilitate the workflow between each department. Most of the ancient systems have been connected via FTP integration. It is one of the oldest data integrations in technology. This integration works with one system which exports the data in “flat file” format and the other system imports that data.

How File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Works?

FTP is a standard network protocol used to transfer files between client and server. File Transfer Protocol is a text-based protocol. This indicates that FTP is sending commands and responses over the network in plain text. FTP works with SSH connection to increase security.

For FTP to work, you must have an FTP client installed on the computer. After the FTP client is installed on the computer, the FTP server is connected with the server address, user name and password.

What Are File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Clients?

FTP clients are software applications that allow users to transfer files from a local computer to an FTP server plot. FTP servers, on the other hand, are computers that store files and allow users to access them over the internet. The most common FTP clients are as follows:

  • FileZilla: A free and open source FTP client available for Linux and macOS.
  • Cyberduck: It is an FTP client preferred by macOs and Windows users.
  • WinSCP: FTP client that is a popular choice for Windows users.
  • Transmit: A commercial FTP client for macOS users.

What Are File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Modes?

FTP modes are ways an FTP client and server connect together to transfer files. Basically, there are two main FTP modes, active and passive. Now let’s examine these modes:

Active Mode: It is the FTP client that initiates the data connection in this mode. The client opens a port on the local machine and tells the server to connect to that port. This is the traditional mode of FTP.

Passive Mode: In passive mode, it is the server that initiates the data connection. The server opens a port on the local machine and instructs the client to connect to that port. Passive mode is more secure than active mode as the client does not need to open ports on their local machine.

What are the Benefits of FTP?

  • Businesses can transfer multiple files and directories all at once.
  • The transfer continues even if the connection is lost.
  • FTP is a protocol that supports queuing. This allows users to add files to a transfer queue.
  • Offers the possibility to cancel any ongoing transfer.
  • There is no limit on the number of files to be transferred and the file size.
  • It is a protocol that supports scheduled transfers.

Why We Need Data Integration?

With the advance of technology, we are become more addicted to data; because one of the essential parts of technology is to process data and interpret it accordingly. On the other hand, as technology advanced, the number of applications increased. This increment comes up with a common problem: The connection between applications. At first, look that might be seen quite easy but from the point of IT, that is a very complex process because each application has a unique form to keep data. As we mentioned before, to maintain a good and healthy connection between your applications, your applications should be able to talk themselves. To do that- most of your applications took data in several forms- your data has to be transferred into data that your application can understand. That is why the importance of data integration is increasing day by day. If you want to learn more about the advantages of integration for businesses, check out our blog post “Advantages of Application Integration for Businesses“.

What Should Enterprises Do?

In order to keep up with the advances of technology and to maintain the integrity of their business and their departments, enterprises have different choices. They can start from zero to the end with an API (application programming interface) integration which will be used to connect their applications via API. But this is a very expensive and long-term process. That is why enterprises use ready-to-use connectors to maintain integrity in their business. With lots of default connectors, you can build your integration in the easiest way possible. One of the most important points of these connectors is you can modify them however you want according to your business’s needs. MIP is one of these platforms which have lots of pre-defined software to be integrated. But if your application is not on the list; do not worry, our software developers will build your integration for you. Learn more about us!

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