Data intensive computing has been less costly nowadays due to cloud computing. Cloud computing allowing users to buy resources online. One major problem that plagued may users was the inability to upload large amount of data and this area
has remained costly and time consuming. Amazon announced a new file transfer protocol which makes transferring copious amount of data a breeze and it does not requires heavy infrastructure.
One of the biggest bottle necks in cloud computing many say is the upload and download of data from the cloud. The major bottleneck in this upload and transfer of data is the TCP a layer in the internet which is responsible for the transfer of data. TCP is fine for small amounts of data but when it comes to large amount of data it is very sluggish.
Transferring data across the United States making use of a 100-megabits-per-second (Mbps) Internet link making use of TCP can result in a latency of 100 milliseconds causing a loss of 1 percent of packets, which translates to transfer rates at the rate of 10 Mbps and less.
Amazon Web Services makes use of technology developed by Aspera, based in Emeryville, CA and it is called the Fast And Secure Protocol (FASP).
“It is an alternate bulk data moving protocol,” says Michelle Munson, Aspera’s CEO and cofounder. “The inefficiency [with TCP] is really very noticeable when transferring large amounts of data,” she says.