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CentreStack vs. Box

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

Why Do You Need a Self-Hosted Box Alternative?


A self-hosted Box alternative can maximize data privacy, security and control. CentreStack provides significant business benefits for those looking for a Box replacement by treating file servers and cloud storage as equally valid options, depending on business needs. Consequently, users get the same interface and experience whether they are working remotely or on-premises, on a mobile device or desktop, on a file server or in the cloud. At the same time, admins can easily maintain centralized control of access to critical business data.

Why CentreStack?


Data Privacy, security and control matter. Nobody knows this better than CentreStack. Backed by years of cloud enablement experience, CentreStack provides a file server friendly collaboration platform that is focused on keeping your data private, secure and under your control. Perhaps more importantly, the user experience is simplified. This prevents the problematic temptation for users to subvert any security measures that are difficult to live with.

CentreStack is used by businesses and service providers to privately deploy or host a Box alternative as an on-premises file sharing solution, while providing an access layer (browser, mobile, desktop and file server access) for local file servers and private cloud storage services. The platform does this while retaining full control of data and the related access infrastructure.

Data Privacy & Ownership

Guarantee data privacy. Maintain data ownership by keeping data on-premises or in private clouds.

Simplified Access

Simplify file server access from mapped drives, mobile devices and web browsers with client agent software and optimizations for wide area networks.

Cloud Drive Mapping

CentreStack provides a unique drive letter for end users to access files with file locking.

File Server Integration

Centrally manage granular NTFS permissions and Active Directory users.

Unified Access

With CentreStack, the file server and the cloud file sharing solution are unified into one solution, avoiding data duplication and sprawl.

On Demand and Selective Sync

With On-demand sync and selective sync, CentreStack has the flexibility to support devices with different hard drive capacities.

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Benefits after Replacing Box


More privacy than Box

Businesses can address data privacy concerns by using CentreStack as a Box alternative that keeps data on-premises. Alternatively, Managed Service Providers may choose to deploy CentreStack in a private cloud like AWS or Azure.

Mobile access to file servers

Box requires that data gets copied to its own data centers. CentreStack provides the option to remotely access data on your existing file servers.

Simplified user experience

With Box, the user experience changes based on data location, user location and device. For example, accessing a Box account from a mobile device or browser is quite different from accessing file shares from a PC.

Reduce costs

Reduce bandwidth and storage consumption with synchronization on-demand. Automatically use existing users and permissions to save setup time and money. Reduce licensing and support costs.

Simpler centralized management

Admins can be overwhelmed managing data across file servers, Box accounts, email and other file access or sharing mechanisms. CentreStack provides a single platform with unified management for all access scenarios.

Centrally manage granular folder permissions

For complete control and visibility, permissions can be managed from the file server that was their source, or natively with CentreStack.

White labeled file sharing solution

CentreStack provides a white labeled platform that makes it easy for MSP partners to build a private cloud file server solution based on infrastructure from Amazon, Azure or Wasabi.

File Locking

CentreStack provides two levels of file locking and version controls to protect distributed access. Files are locked automatically when online and can be checked out when going offline.

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