How to send files overseas from Australia
Digital Pigeon18 January 2022
Do you find yourself regularly sending files outside of Australia to recipients across the globe? When you work with international clients, the way that you deliver your files can be just as important as the content itself.
There’s nothing more frustrating than finding out that a client has missed a deadline because of delays in your file transfer system - or, even worse, that they cannot access your work at all due to connectivity roadblocks.
When it comes to the Australian market, file transfer services tend to be fairly slow and unreliable. Customers often face an obstacle course of firewalls, limited provider speed, and outright traffic blocks.
Digital Pigeon is here to change that - connecting you to your international clients at lightning-fast speed.
Sending large files internationally? No problem.
If you’re a digital media or marketing creative, you’re probably used to dealing with large files. Perhaps you produce high-resolution video content, or frequently share live project files with clients which require a lot of input back and forth.
It can be challenging enough to transfer this type of content effectively within Australia. But, if you’re working internationally, things can get even more difficult. Unfortunately, if you’re sending anything over 1GB, an email attachment simply isn’t going to do the trick.
That’s where Digital Pigeon comes in. Our transfer platform is capable of sending and receiving content well over 200GB, efficiently and securely - anywhere across the globe.
How does it work?
The key factor when it comes to online transfer speed is location. It’s simple - when you transfer a file, the closer you are to the storage server, the faster your upload will be.
It works the same way at the other end. When your client receives your file, the closer they are to the storage server, the faster they will be able to download the content. This is particularly important to remember when you are dealing with long distances overseas.
Digital Pigeon’s platform is a customisable file carrier. Using our unique ‘Digifly’ technology, we are able to offer various options to optimize your transfers, depending on the demands of your business.
What transfer options are there?
At Digital Pigeon, we’ve got you covered, no matter what your needs. Our first option is a standard transfer system, which is incredibly straightforward to use. Simply upload your file, and we’ll utilize your existing internet provider to establish the most direct route available to our servers.
This standard method alone provides a quicker file transfer than just about every other platform out there. The closer you are to your recipient, the more efficiently it works.
However, sometimes “fast” isn’t quite enough. For times when you are up against a tight deadline, or need to send data over particularly long distances, we also give you the option of customizing your file transfer location, and maximizing your transfer speeds to their limit.
How do we do it? By linking up with the Amazon Cloudfront Content Delivery Network (CDN).
Turbo-charge your speed with Amazon CDN
We’ve established that, on a basic level, the time it takes to transfer your file depends on the proximity of both sender and recipient. The further away your recipient is, the longer it takes. For long distance transfers out of Australia, this can be a problem.
This is where Digital Pigeon has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s largest cloud services provider, to step in. AWS powers the delivery of services such as Netflix, Adobe, and Spotify to customers in just about every corner of the world.
Using Amazon’s Cloudfront Content Delivery Network (CDN), we speed things up by giving your file a “stop-over” on the way to it’s final destination.
The CDN is a global system, powered by an international network of data centres called ‘Edge Locations’. It turbo-charges your overseas file transfers by allowing you to choose a “stop-over” Edge Location that works best for you - depending on where you want to send your content!
So, how exactly do you send a file via CDN?
Here’s how it works.
- You send a large file from Australia to your client in New York.
- You choose the most efficient Edge Location for your transfer.
- Your file is transferred directly to the Edge Location.
- Your client accesses your file directly from the Edge Location.
- CDN stores a copy of your file at the Edge Location, ready to be accessed again at any time.
Now, whenever anyone in your client’s office needs to access the file, they do not have to go through the laborious process of retrieving it from Australia every time. Instead, they can quickly and easily access the local copies stored at the Edge Location.
Does it work anywhere in the world?
Digital Pigeon’s file transfer system allows you to transfer content from Australia to any location, worldwide. Powered by AWS, our services are able to navigate and overcome the technological barriers which prevent many of our competitors from operating in certain countries.
Our customers are not restricted by the “Great Firewall of China”, and are not subject to the political limitations which prevent many content delivery providers from operating in India.
What about security?
No matter which file transfer option you choose, it’s vital to know that any content you send outside of Australia is kept safe. With Digital Pigeon, you can rest in the knowledge that you are using one of the most secure systems out there.
In collaboration with AWS, Digital Pigeon services are compliant with the highest international standards of privacy and security management.
We use bank grade end-to-end cybersecurity to ensure that your files are kept safe and unaltered on their journey from A to B. In-transit encryption is the key to keeping your content secure as it travels across international borders.
Your files are also protected by additional security measures, in the form of password authorization and randomly generated URLs for file retrieval.
Our own security measures, layered with those provided by AWS, create a double-layer of high-grade protection for your overseas file transfers.
Digital Pigeon provides customers with a level of speed, security, and performance which is unmatched anywhere else in the market. Get in touch to learn more about sending your content abroad.