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What Are POPs and Why do I Need Them?

POPs (Points of Presence) are the core elements that transfer your data.  They are represented by the circles in the upper right side of your CFP dashboard when you log into your account.  Note that if you have a very small screen, or more than 7 POPs, you will see your POPs in list mode rather than as circles.  Most people have at least one POP already created for them when they first log into their accounts, which is used for the cloud side of a data transfer.  A cloud POP will blink blue and grey while it activates each time you log into your account; when it is solid blue (usually less than a minute after you log into your account), your POP is fully connected and ready to use.

When you download and install the Windows App by clicking the Download App button, it will create a second POP that is named for the computer on which it is installed.

How Do POPs work?

POPs are highly specialized, discrete systems that transfer data. One is installed at or near the data source, and the other is installed at or near the data target (destination).  The source POP requests data from the source and passes it through to the target POP, and the target POP passes the data on to the destination.  You create one system (also known as an adapter) for the source and target POPs respectively, which complete the connections to your actual data. Systems contain information such as your cloud account credentials, the specific bucket within the data store, or other detailed specifications for your data transfer.  POPs also handle tasks such as encryption/decryption, so that the data in your transfer remains secure.

You can use the same POP for transfers to different accounts and to different cloud providers. Contact cfp-support@tervela.com with any questions you have about POPs.

What is concurrency?

Concurrency enables you to run several jobs at the same time. When you have job concurrency, additional POPs are spun up to run jobs in parallel, up to the limit you have purchased.

Updated on March 28, 2019

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