SynaMan uses HTTP as the communication protocol, which is friendlier to firewalls. Most companies do not restrict out-bound HTTP traffic and therefore, chances are that more users will be able to connect without any change to their network firewalls.
FTP server use FTP protocol to transfer files. This protocol requires two TCP/IP ports through the firewall. Most companies block in-bound as well as out-bound ports for FTP communication.
|Web browser for client|
Clients connect to SynaMan's interface using their favorite browser. Every machine, regardless of the operating system, comes with a browser and therefore, connecting is very easy.
An FTP server requires FTP clients. Users have to either download free clients available on the Internet or pay a premium for more popular and user-friendly clients.
If security is a major concern, you can always enable the SSL option in SynaMan, allowing users to connect over an industry standard secure mechanism.
The FTP protocol lacks encryption. As a result is exposes any data including passwords and user accounts to any intruder snooping in your network.
SynaMan maintains a complete audit trail of every user activity. Hence providing a complete user history when something unexpected occurs.
|No standard for audit-trail|
Audit trail logging is not part of FTP specification leaving the implementation to individual vendors.
Receive email notifications when users upload or download files to any shared drive on your system
|May or may not be available|
Depending upon the vendor of your FTP server this feature may or may not be available.
Create public HTML links and send them via email allowing one-time users to upload or download files.
FTP servers allow anonymous login accounts. However, many organizations disable this account for security reasons.
The built-in discovery service in SynaMan makes it easier to install in an environment using a dynamic IP address and still expose it to users on the Internet.
|No discovery service|
FTP servers are typically installed on machines with static IP addresses that can be published on the Internet.