The FCCN service for sending large files securely has seen a significant increase in use, reveals the infrastructure manager of the FCT's National Scientific Computing Unit, João Rosa.
During the month of April 2020, almost 9,000 files were sent through Filesender - a figure that represents an 181% increase over the previous year. This significant increase, explains the infrastructure manager of the FCCN Unit, João Rosa, results from the "high demand for collaborative tools by the community" served by the National Scientific Computing Unit of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCCN Unit).
In total, during the first four months of 2020, about 23 thousand files were sent through Filesender - an increase of 57% compared to the same period of 2019. João Rosa explains that the most significant increase occurs from March onwards, "reaching maximum expression in April" .
Filesender represents a secure solution for sending and temporarily sharing large files (up to 100GB) between RCTS users. From this web application, it is possible for authenticated users through the RCTSaai service to send and temporarily store large files.
Although the service is intended for the community served by institutions connected to the RCTS, it is also possible to share files between an RCTSaai user (not federated) and another user without any kind of authentication. "This is a very useful solution for those situations where the file you want to send is too large to be sent by email," explains João Rosa.
For more information, see the filesender page.