CentreStack’s ability to automatically inherit a system’s NTFS permissions dictating access control for files and folders is a key benefit. Anchor & DropBox cannot do this. CentreStack is truly enterprise level because of their file server enablement and their ability to mimic the NTFS permissions.
Our clients were primarily using either Dropbox as their file sharing solution or emailing attachments to share files. We needed a solution where the data does not go to servers outside of Canada as Dropbox data does. CentreStack's greatest benefit is solving this problem while providing the ability to share files securely and access them anywhere with full control of data storage and support.
The primary competition is Dropbox, OneDrive or SharePoint out of Office 365. But they don’t really match up to what CentreStack does. I think CentreStack is far superior because of all the capability of sharing and syncing while keeping your data private and secure.
CentreStack is familiar; the interface is easy to adapt to. Our clients can see all of their files as they typically access them. They are using cloud storage the way they typically stored files with their old file system. With CentreStack, we've added $24,000 a year in new gross profit!
CentreStack customer service is really good. They use electronic ticketing, which is what we prefer. To be transparent, in the 3 years since we rolled out CentreStack, we have had very few issues, which speaks volumes to the quality of their solution. We also created $25,000 in new income!
Critical questions to ask when evaluating CentreStack as an alternative to Dropbox. Make sure you consider these questions - and their answers - when it's decision time.
CentreStack provides complete control of the storage location to maximize data privacy. So, it's commonly used to guarantee data location and compliance, or maintain sovereignty; for example, by enterprises and hosting providers who want to keep data on-premises or in their country. Self-hosting also makes it easy to maintain existing compliance. For example, if you already have HIPAA compliant infrastructure, CentreStack provides a thin access layer to maintain that compliancy.
CentreStack focus on file server cloud enablement and has very well thought out integration with File servers, Active Directory, NTFS permission, mapped drive and file locking.
User training is minimized with CentreStack's use of things like mapped drives and file locking that feel familiar to users. For admins, assisted installation and onboarding are free with small commitments, or can be purchased for a small fee if a monthly subscription is preferred.
This is a common question for small businesses whose employees may elect to use the free version of Dropbox. It may be easy to ignore the hidden cost of the risks associated with less privacy, security and control, but it's hard to ignore the increased support costs. For a tiny team, this may not be noticeable, but as the team size grows, the challenges of managing data in multiple locations, and accessing that data with incompatible tool sets will become increasingly apparent.
CentreStack customers rave about CentreStack's highly responsive support team. Meaningful engagement usually happens in less than an hour and fixes are usually available in a few days.
Another hidden cost that is often overlooked is the cost of moving data into a cloud service. It can take hours, days or even weeks to restructure data and redefine permissions. CentreStack is designed to seamlessly extends a Windows file server to the cloud, while providing drive mapping, file locking, on-demand file synchronization, and maintaining existing NTFS permissions and Active Directory identities. But this approach also makes it migration completely seamless. In other words, file structures, users and permissions can be automatically migrated with minimal effort and zero use disruption.