Optimizing FTP File Transfers With BIG-IP WAN Optimization Module
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to exchange and manipulate files over a TCP/IP-based network, such as the Internet. FTP is built on client-server architecture and utilizes separate control and data connections between the client and server applications. FTP can be used with user-based password authentication or with anonymous user access. As with all large data transfers across the Internet, FTP is susceptible to interruption from poor quality connections. It is also a relatively slow protocol that can be open to man-in-the-middle attacks even if authentication is turned on.