What's new in version 3
SFTP Gateway v3 has a lot of long awaited features.
First and foremost, SFTP Gateway now lets you read and write directly to Blob Storage via the SFTP protocol. In other words, the files you see are live Blob storage objects.
In previous versions, SFTP Gateway would sweep files, so you couldn't see them after uploading them. Or the downloads folder was read-only because AzCopy syncs in a single direction. SFTP Gateway v3 addresses both of these issues.
Also, SFTP Gateway has a folder management feature that lets you map specific SFTP folders to Blob storage locations. This lets you do things that weren't possible in version 2:
- Sharing scenarios where multiple SFTP users read and write to the same location in Blob storage
- Connect to multiple Blob Storage accounts
- Connect to both Azure and AWS
Other notable features
SFTP Gateway v3 is the same pricing as v2, which is a software charge of 6 cents USD on top of the VM cost. There's also a 30-day free trial.
The Web Admin UI supports multiple web admin accounts and simplifies first-time setup, which can be done entirely from the web admin UI with no command line required.
The Web Admin UI also lets you import and export users and settings. These steps previously required running SSH commands.
You can white-list IP address ranges on a per-user basis. This lets you lock down individual SFTP accounts to allow specific IP addresses to make an SFTP connection.
Some of the more minor additions we have adopted include:
• Uses Postgres instead of LDAP, for easier maintenance
• Has undergone an independent third-party security audit
• Adds password complexity requirements
• Adds disabled flag for SFTP users