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CentreStack vs. SharePoint

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

Why Do You Need a Self-Hosted SharePoint Alternative?

With so many businesses migrating to Office 365, using SharePoint for file sharing may seem like the inevitable path of least resistance, but there are challenges. First, there are the data privacy and control issues. Microsoft requires that you migrate all data to their data centers which can raise data privacy and compliancy concerns. There's also the inherent complexity and cost of the initial migration from file servers that may require reconfiguration of NTFS permissions or may not even be possible when there are line of business applications that depend on access to network file shares.

Challenges of SharePoint Migration

And even if you're not impacted by those fundamental differences in philosophy, there are additional deficiencies to be aware of:


SharePoint deployment and maintenance requires skilled developers.

Data Privacy

SharePoint requires migration of data to MSFT data centers.

Data Sprawl

Difficult to manage data sets split between traditional file servers and SharePoint

Migration Costs

Avoid the cost of manual replication or recreation of NTFS permissions

Performance Limits

Files stored in databases lead to performance issues with large numbers of files. Can't view more than 5000 items.

Data Protection

SharePoint offers no endpoint backup or restoration in the event of data loss.


Why CentreStack?

Backed by years of file server 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 combines the security and permission control from traditional file server and the productivity and mobility from cloud based file sharing into one unified secure file sharing solution. Instead of scheduling and planning for a file server to SharePoint migration, which takes time and takes money, you can turn your existing file server and IT infrastructure into a SharePoint like file sharing solution.

Central File Repository

Keep data in one place for both file server shares and cloud file sharing instead of allowing data to scatter.

Simplified Access

Simplify file server access from mapped drives, mobile devices and web browsers.

Business Continuity

Data saved to file shares replicates to the cloud and vice versa for business continuity with hybrid deployments.

NTFS Permissions

Centrally manage granular NTFS permissions and AD users with auditing and reporting for all activities.

Time Saver

With SharePoint, it takes time and money to migrate existing file server data and takes time to train employees to change their daily work flow.

Data Consistency

Two levels of file locking combine with version controls to control distributed access.

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Benefits after Replacing SharePoint

More Privacy than SharePoint

Businesses can address data privacy concerns by using CentreStack as a SharePoint 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

SharePoint 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 SharePoint, the user experience changes based on data location, user location and device. For example, accessing a SharePoint 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 get overwhelmed managing data across file servers, SharePoint 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.

Maintain Compliance

Easily keep track of where the data is, who has access and how it’s being shared. Admins can perform audits of GDPR and HIPAA compliance or keep track of any changes that have been made to individual files. Centrally manage users, access controls, and storage for each tenant.

Instant Migration

Users start working immediately after installation without waiting until the full synchronization is finished.

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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