Enterprise collaboration software is not worth much if you can't get files from one user to another. OpenText today released a new product for transferring large files outside the firewall based on the integration of two of its existing products.

Secure File Transfers, Outside the Firewall

The new product integrates its OpenText Transmittal Management and its Managed File Transfer solution. With the new offering, OpenText says it can shoot large files across firewalls at 30 times the speed of competing products.

This is not OpenText’s first foray into large-file transfer, having already offered large file transfer in Media Management v7.2 released last April. However, that was specifically for the transfer of digital media files while this one has a much more general appeal.

According to OpenText, this new product will enable users to transmit large document files to customers and partners outside the enterprise firewall while guaranteeing file security and, as a result, ensuring regulatory compliance.

The new product does not appear to have been named yet, with OpenText referring to it as its integrated Transmittal Management and Managed File Transfer (TMMFR). If the title is a bit awkward, its purpose and market is clear.

OpenText is targeting those enterprises that are increasingly concerned about their documents moving outside the firewall by traditional means like email, USB flash drives, DVDs or even FTP services.

The documents that it has in mind include contracts, business records or documents outlining due diligence in litigation claims. For the large part, they are over the 10MB limit that is permissible by email, while all the other options involve too much physical handling of documents, or document containers.

OpenText’s EIM Strategy

There is another wider context to this release. OpenText says that this release is the result of combining technologies from two of the pillars of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) strategy that it outlined more than a year ago.

That strategy aimed to cover the entire enterprise information management space by developing, or buying products across five different areas. Those areas include Enterprise CMS, Business Process Management (BPM), Customer Experience Management (CXM), Information Exchange and Discovery.

One of the sore points in the strategy, OpenText said at the time, was the transfer of information between internal users and users outside the firewall. Over the year, OpenText has taken on that challenge through cloud computing and mobile synchronization.

It has also done significant work in the big file space, of which this is one example. The new solution is globally available today.