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CentreStack vs. Anchor

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What you should know and what you should ask when comparing CentreStack to Anchor.

Does Anchor Support Active Directory & NTFS Permissions?


At first glance, Anchor (now Axcient or Efolder), can seem very similar to CentreStack. But when it comes to file server migration or providing direct access to a file server on-premises, there's really no comparison. If you care about Active Directory users and NTFS permissions, migration to Anchor can be quite costly and cumbersome since there's no support for NTFS, inheritance or granular folder permissions.

Why CentreStack?


CentreStack is used by enterprises and service providers to replace Anchor with an on-premises file sharing solution that simplifies file server access with an access layer for local file servers or private cloud storage services that fully integrates with existing file shares, Active Directory users and NTFS permissions.

NTFS Permissions

CentreStack has native NTFS integration to use existing permissions. Anchor loses NTFS permissions after migration.

On-Demand Sync

Anchor chews up bandwidth and storage syncing all files all the time. CentreStack syncs and caches files after first access.

Cloud Drive Mapping

CentreStack provides native drives, permissions and file locking. Anchor doesn't provide the same level of integration.

Granular Folder Permissions

Anchor only assigns permission at the top level folder. CentreStack assigns granular permissions at all levels.

Selective Sync

CentreStack can selectively sync to build a local cache based on hard drive capacity.

Modern User Interface

CentreStack provides weekly updates based on user feedback. Anchor's cycles are much longer with older interfaces.

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Benefits after Replacing Anchor


Gain Permission Control

CentreStack has native NTFS permission integration and granular folder permission controls. It is much easier to implement access control in CentreStack.

Mobile Access to File Servers

Anchor requires that data gets copied to its own data centers. CentreStack provides the option to remotely access data on your existing file servers. This is an option in Anchor that is not a focus and does not work seamlessly because of the lack of native integration with NTFS and Active Directory.

Simpler User Experience

CentreStack's mapped drives are based on file system drivers for scalability and performance. End users get familiar mapped drives to access their files with file locking support.

Better Support

CentreStack listens to customers and partners while maintaining an agile development process that provides weekly product updates.

Get the Facts

Critical questions to ask when evaluating CentreStack as an alternative to Anchor. Make sure you consider these questions - and their answers - when it's decision time.


Data Privacy & Security
1. How does it manage files and folder permission?

Active Directory integration, NTFS integration and granular folder permission are all key features for a modern file sharing solution. Anchor doesn't have a good answer to this question.

User Experience
2. Does it synchronize files 100% to all devices?

Anchor depends on synchronizing files 100% to the end point device for it to be functional. Anchor is missing on-demand synchronization and enhanced selective synchronization. It also fails to provide a mapped drive for on-demand access with file locking.

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