What is AWS Transfer Family? - AWS Transfer Family

What is AWS Transfer Family?

AWS Transfer Family is a secure transfer service that enables you to transfer files into and out of Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) storage over the following protocols:

  • Secure Shell (SSH) File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) (AWS Transfer for SFTP)

  • File Transfer Protocol Secure (FTPS) (AWS Transfer for FTPS)

  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP) (AWS Transfer for FTP)

File transfer protocols are used in data exchange workflows across different industries such as financial services, healthcare, advertising, and retail, among others. AWS Transfer Family simplifies the migration of file transfer workflows to AWS.

Common use cases for AWS Transfer Family are the following:

  • Data lakes in AWS for uploads from third parties such as vendors and partners.

  • Subscription-based data distribution with your customers.

  • Internal transfers within your organization.

With AWS Transfer Family, you get access to a file transfer protocol-enabled server in AWS without the need to run any server infrastructure. You can use this service to migrate your file transfer-based workflows to AWS while maintaining your end users' clients and configurations as is. You first associate your hostname with the server endpoint, then add your users and provision them with the right level of access. After you do this, your users' transfer requests are serviced directly out of your AWS Transfer Family server endpoint.

AWS Transfer Family provides the following benefits:

  • A fully managed service that scales in real time to meet your needs.

  • You don't need to modify your applications or run any file transfer protocol infrastructure.

  • With your data in durable Amazon S3 storage, you can use native AWS services for processing, analytics, reporting, auditing, and archival functions.

  • There are no upfront costs, and you pay only for the use of the service.

You can find a description of the different features of AWS Transfer Family, detailed instructions on how to set up and use your server, how to use different types of identity provider modes, troubleshooting tips, and the service's API reference in the pages that follow.

To get started with AWS Transfer Family, see the following: