Speed up the Brand Portal downloads

Adobe Experience Manager Assets Brand Portal allows enhancing the download performance of large asset files by integrating with IBM Aspera Connect, which is an install-on-demand application. The application uses proprietary technology to remove TCP overheads and helps improve transfer speed of the asset files. This integration ensures enhanced download experience.

NOTE

Download speed varies for users as it depends upon factors such as network bandwidth, server latency, and geographical location of clients.

The Fast Download configuration is by default enabled, which significantly reduces the time taken to download the desired asset files from Brand Portal.

Prerequisites to accelerate file download

To download the files faster, ensure the following:

  • Navigate to Tools > Download and verify that the Fast Download configuration is enabled in Download Settings.
  • Ensure that port 33001 (both TCP and UDP) is open on the firewall. For more information on the prerequisites, see IBM Aspera Connect Client documentation.
  • Install IBM Aspera Connect 3.9.9 in your browser’s extension using administrator privileges (https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/aspera-connect/3.9.9).
  • For platform support of Aspera transfer client, see IBM Aspera Connect platform support matrix.
NOTE

There is a known issue with IBM Aspera Connect. Fast download does not work with IBM Aspera Connect version 3.10 and above.

Download domains

Following are the download domains for different geographies:

Region Code Domain
NA OR1 downloads-na1.brand-portal.adobe.com
NA VA5 downloads-na2.brand-portal.adobe.com
EMEA LON5 downloads-emea1.brand-portal.adobe.com
APAC SIN2 downloads-apac1.brand-portal.adobe.com

Sample download performance using file accelerator

The following table shows download performance for 2 GB file using Aspera Connect file download accelerator:

The observed results do vary due to factors such as network bandwidth, server latency, and client location, considering Brand Portal server is at Oregon (United States).

Client location Latency between client and server (milliseconds) Speed with Aspera Connect File Transfer Accelerator (MBps) Time taken to download 2 GB file with Aspera File Transfer Accelerator (seconds)
U.S. West (N. California) 18 36 57
U.S. West (Oregon) 42 36 57
U.S. East (N. Virginia) 85 35 58
APAC (Tokyo) 124 36 57
Noida (India) 275 13.36 153
Sydney 175 29 70
London 179 35 58
Singapore 196 34 60

Download workflow using file accelerator

To download assets faster from Brand Portal:

  1. Log in to your Brand Portal tenant. By default, the Files view opens which contains all the published assets and folders.

    Do one of the following:

    • Select the assets or folders you want to download. From the toolbar at the top, click the Download icon.

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    • To download specific asset renditions of an asset, hover the pointer over the asset and click the Download icon available in the quick action thumbnails.

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  2. The Download dialog listing all the selected assets opens.

    To preserve the Brand Portal folder hierarchy while downloading assets, select the Create separate folder for each asset check box.

    The download button reflects the count of the selected items. Once you are done with applying the rules, click Download items. To know more on how to apply rules, see download assets.

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  3. By default the Fast Download setting is enabled in the Download Settings. Therefore, a confirmation box appears to download assets using IBM Aspera Connect.

    If you are downloading the assets for the first time and do not have IBM Aspera Connect installed in your browser or the existing version is out-of-date, it prompts you to install the Aspera download accelerator (https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/aspera-connect/3.9.9).

  4. Install Aspera Connect Client

    To install IBM Aspera Connect client setup, run the setup from .msi file of IBM Aspera Connect client application and follow the installation wizard.

  5. Once the client is successfully installed, refresh the browser page and initiate the download steps again.

  6. To continue using Fast Download, click Allow. All the selected renditions are downloaded in a zip folder using IBM Aspera Connect.

    On successful completion of the download, a dialog box shows the location where assets are downloaded onto the user’s system.

    If you do not want to use IBM Aspera Connect, click Deny. If Fast Download is denied or fails, the system populates an Error message. Click the Normal Download button to continue downloading the assets.

NOTE

If the Fast Download setting is turned-off by the administrator, the selected renditions are directly downloaded in a zip folder without using IBM Aspera Connect.

Using file accelerator on Microsoft Edge browser

Microsoft Edge runs in Enhanced Protected Mode (EPM) preventing communication with the Aspera Connect server, while on same private network or with a Trusted Site. Therefore, a pop- up shows up every time a connection with the server is being established.

To use accelerated download functionality on Microsoft Edge, remove the Brand Portal site from the trusted site list.

  1. Open the Control Panel (Window key + X, then select Control Panel).
  2. Go to Network and Internet > Internet Options. Click the Security tab.
  3. Click the Trusted sites zone, then click Sites.
  4. Remove Brand Portal site from the list.

Aspera Connect client Preferences

There are a few useful preferences which can be set in IBM Aspera Connect Client preference by right clicking the icon and selecting Preferences.

You can set the default download location.

Also, the Aspera Connect client can be marked to automatically start on system startup so that the connect client is running and available for the download to begin faster.

Troubleshoot issues with download acceleration

If download acceleration is not working for you, follow these steps to troubleshoot:

  1. Check that ports are not blocked, by visiting https://test-connect.asperasoft.com from your machine.

    If ports are not OK, then reach out to your network team and ensure that Ports 33001 (both TCP & UDP) are not blocked in the firewall.

  2. If the ports are OK, then check if your network is not slow, by measuring the available bandwidth using https://www.speedtest.net/.

    If the bandwidth is a few (1-10 Mbps) or in Kbps, then use Aspera Preferences and try to limit the bandwidth equal to the available bandwidth.

  3. To confirm whether the downloads from Aspera demo server are working, use https://demo.asperasoft.com/aspera/user.
    (login: asperaweb , password: demoaspera )

  4. If none of the above troubleshooting steps work, deselect the option Enable Download Acceleration and use the normal download.

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