CentreStack vs. Anchor

Replace eFolder Anchor for Better Permissions, Selective-Sync, Drive Mapping Support and Up-To-Date file-sync-and-share feature set.

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"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."

Nik Margulski


"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."

Lawrence Reiber

Tanda Technologies

"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."

Graham Mannassi

Mannassi IT Solutions

"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!"

Aaron Patton

Tenacious Networks

"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!"

Jordan Ray

4D IT Solutions

"I wish we had done it sooner. It has been a fantastic product. For those that are worried about data in the cloud, just use CentreStack’s expertise and software to get your own servers set up."

Paul Burton

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Funk Companies

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.


Anchor's file server enablement doesn't support NTFS permission integration. Once you put files into Anchor, the permissions associated with the files are lost. In CentreStack, NTFS permission is integrated natively.


In Anchor, files under sync will sync 100% to all devices. In CentreStack, you can sync only files you are using and only files you are allowed to use.


In CentreStack, you have a drive letter to access files and folders, with permission check and file locking. In Anchor, you have a folder with all file synchronized inside.

Feature Highlights


In shared folders, Anchor only support user assignments at the top of the folder. In CentreStack, the granular permissions can be assigned to different users at different level of the folder hierarchy.


CentreStack has selective sync allowing you to build up a local cache based on the hard drive capacity of the remote device.


CentreStack updates product features on a weekly basis with modern user interface. Anchor's product update cycle are much longer and the user interface wasn't updated as quickly.

Benefits after Replacing Anchor

Gain Permission Control

CentreStack has NTFS permission integration and granular folder permission control. 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. For end users, they get the familiar mapped drive to their files with file locking support.

Better Support

CentreStack listens to our customers and partners and the development process is agile and the product update is provided on a weekly basis.

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.

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 answer to this question.

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. It doesn't have on-demand synchronization, or enhanced selective synchronization. Nor does it have a mapped drive for on-demand access with file locking.

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