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SolarWinds Serv-U Secure FTP & MFT Alternative

Posted by Jayden Bartram on Aug 10, 2021 5:00:00 PM

SolarWinds Serv-U has been a ‘go-to’ when it comes to a reliable FTP and Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution. It encompasses sharing, automated file management, and support for large file transfers. Depending on your requirements the solution’s licensing can become expensive and that is without accounting for hosting costs, management, and the time that goes into managing such a solution. Couchdrop is a great SolarWinds Serv-U Secure FTP and MFT alternative with a focus on simplicity. 


Couchdrop as a SolarWinds Serv-U alternative

When looking at alternatives for SolarWinds Serv-U there are a lot of solutions in the market, most are still built in a similar manner and require you to host and manage the hardware as well as the software. Couchdrop offers a fully functional Cloud SFTP and MFT solution in a single pane that is fully managed and hosted.

Bring your own storage

A highly valuable feature that Couchdrop MFT offers is your ability to bring your own storage. This enables you to mount your array of cloud storage solutions; SharePoint, S3, Dropbox, Azure Blob, Google Cloud Storage, and anything in between.

Couchdrop MFT acts as a conduit and will push data to your cloud backend in real-time which means it does not store or sync your data. Having data in your own storage removes vendor lock-in and also provides you with the ability to have full visibility and control of your data at rest.

Couchdrop is a SolarWinds Serv-U Secure FTP & MFT Alternative that allows you to bring your own storage


Multiple access methods

Couchdrop MFT provides multiple methods to access and interact with data such as; SFTP, FTP/S, S3, API, email, and Web Upload Portal. With Couchdrop, you unlock the ability to send files between your existing storage or transfer files to and from your storage with SFTP and other protocols. 

File automations and workflows

Couchdrop MFT offers a file automation and workflow component. This enables you based on certain conditions (upload, download, directory, user, filename, etc.) to perform automatic actions on files. These actions range from duplicating the file to another backend storage, renaming the file, compressing, and encrypting with PGP. You can find out more about these file actions in our automations guide

File automations in Couchdrop, an alternative to SolarWinds Serv-U

Full control of your data

Due to Couchdrop MFT’s architecture, it is scalable and offers enterprise-grade security out of the box. All data uploaded/downloaded from the platform is encrypted using HTTPS or SSH (unless you opt to use plain FTP).

Unless you choose Couchdrop’s hosted storage (which is encrypted with AES256), you have full control of your data at rest and can add security functionality to protect your data from encryption, anti-virus and you can choose your own backup and retention policies. Within the product Couchdrop MFT offers the ability to lock down users to directories and specific file operations, as well as 2FA, disable insecure protocols, and IP whitelisting.

User Access Controls in Couchdrop

Data redundancy and compliance

Couchdrop MFT is global in nature and has public points of presence across the world. However, it can provide fully redundant private instances in any region in the world for its customers to meet further compliance and security requirements. Couchdrop meets several compliance standards including SOC2 and HIPAA. 

Auditing and Reporting

Finally, Couchdrop offers detailed audit logs based on file operations and login in events. Within the audit logs detail, you can find checksums, file size, IP addresses, etc. Often the logging here is used in addition to cloud storage and provides traceability and full reporting on file transfers and operations.

Try Couchdrop free for 14 days

Ready to see if Couchdrop is the right SolarWinds Serv-U alternative for you? Try us free for 14 days with no credit card required. Simply sign up and go, with no other hoops to jump through. See for yourself how easy Couchdrop is to use and start your trial today


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