Aspera today launched a version of its rapid file transport software for the iPhone, which will allow iPhone users to squeeze their picture and video files through the crappiest connection that AT&T may have to offer. And it makes the transfer fast! Aspera says it can make file transfers over 3G networks three times faster than existing HTTP or FTP transfers.
I’ve long been a fan of Aspera, which has a proprietary method for moving bits around, and — unlike popular protocols — takes full advantage of an existing broadband pipe for the file’s entire journey. It’s currently used by media companies for transporting huge video files from New York to Los Angeles and even for sending data to the cloud. Its move to the iPhone was something CEO and Co-founder Michele Munson talked to me about last September.
To take advantage of Aspera’s proprietary protocol, users need to have the Aspera fasp-AIR client on their phones. The client is in beta and enables users to move fat files, like pictures and videos, to Aspera’s servers. The cost of the app or data transfer was not disclosed, although for some of its other products Aspera offers its software for free and charges for the transport. The iPhone client will be generally available in the first half of 2010. At that point, people trying to send video to CNN’s iReport or use Ustream will have a tool that speeds the file transfer process.
The Aspera client shines when it’s used to send stuff over longer distances, because the further your packets go, the more entropy slows and affects the process. So while Aspera can speed content transfer over small distances with 3G networks by three times, transfers over Wi-Fi networks connected to distant servers, are 10 to 100 times faster than traditional transports. For the average user, this means you can send a fat file and watch it fly. For professionals, it turns an iPhone into a broadcast platform.
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