Loraine Lawson covers "Old Reliable" FTP and its relevance to SOA and Cloud Computing. FTP is "reliable" as in "a reliable friend that you can always call," however, the protocol itself is not reliable for content delivery unless Managed File Transfer (MFT) type products are used to enable reliability using FTP. The article is well written and covers an important trend that brings SOA, Cloud Computing, and Managed File Transfer under a single, manageable umbrella. Excerpts from the article are below:
You would think that all this movement toward cloud and services and SOA would mean the end of things like managed file transfer and FTP. Instead, companies that offer these approaches are reinventing themselves and claiming new relevance.
Complete article: Old Reliable - FTP Still Relevant in an SOA, Cloud World