Why are your customers still using Dropbox, Sugarsync, SkyDrive, and/or Google Drive? Provide them with an alternative made for businesses. Give ‘em the cloud. Give ‘em Anchor.

Why are your customers still using Dropbox, Sugarsync, SkyDrive, and/or Google Drive? Provide them with an alternative made for businesses. Give ‘em the cloud. Give ‘em Anchor.



Beat Dropbox. Offer Anchor, a secure, robust alternative made for businesses.

Beat Dropbox. Offer Anchor, a secure, robust alternative made for businesses.

We recently released Anchor 1.3, full of features and improvements!

We recently released Anchor 1.3, full of features and improvements!

Meet Anchor’s Executive Team

Bryan Forrester
Vice President, Business Development 

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What is your previous experience?

Previously, I was Director of Worldwide Sales of the Network Management Division at Quest Software. I led the sales team in day-to-day operations for selling enterprise and mid-market network management platforms.

What is your role in the company (as described by you)?

I manage strategic business partnerships, key sales accounts & OEM Strategy. I am also responsible for directing strategy and steering company vision.

Why did you start Anchor? What is our mission (as described by you)? What is the opportunity?

We set out to build the most advanced file sync solution for businesses. The opportunity is huge: as businesses transition their traditional local network into cloud based applications, the demand for products like Anchor multiply.

What do you like to do?

I like to walk and chew gum at the same time. I also enjoy skiing, playing guitar, shooting hoops and occasionally tuning in to UK reality TV shows.


Pierre Tapia
Vice President, Product 

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What is your previous experience?

Previously, as a consultant for Quest Software, I oversaw the execution of projects tied to community development, marketing, and product roadmap.

What is your role in the company (as described by you)?

I am responsible for cultivating the product vision, team, and culture around the Anchor storage solution.

Why did you start Anchor? What is our mission (as described by you)? What is the opportunity?

We started Anchor to satisfy the demand for business-grade file sync solutions.  Our mission is to build the most advanced file sync solution for businesses. The opportunity is to dramatically improve the way businesses share, manage, and access their files.

What do you like to do?

I like to build processes and technology that make people’s life easier (including my own). On my spare time, I enjoy reading publications, exploring the city (San Francisco), and occasionally, a mindless iPhone/iPad game.


A.K. Kapoor
Vice President, Sales

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What is your previous experience?

Previously, I built and expanded sales channels at Lasso Logic (SonicWall), Acronis and PacketTrap/Quest Software.

What is your role in the company (as described by you)?

I am responsible for building a strong and successful sales channel and team. I also am responsible for overall revenue and sales strategy.

Why did you start Anchor? What is our mission (as described by you)? What is the opportunity?

We founded Anchor so that IT Professionals could offer their users a secure way to access files and collaborate with others. The opportunity is to get rid of consumer products into SMBs and enterprise companies.

What do you like to do?

I enjoy meeting new people and working with others. I like traveling and I am an avid sports fan.


David Bernat
Vice President, Technology 

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What is your previous experience?

I have previously worked at Ticketmaster developing high volume transaction systems. I have done low-latency client-server network and graphics programming at Realm Interactive, NC Soft, Vigil Games, and Bandera Games. I was also the Chief Programmer and lead the development effort at Lasso Logic’s continous data protection products.

What is your role in the company (as described by you)?

I am responsible for the design and implementation of the syncing software, and coordinating the team and development efforts through this process.

Why did you start Anchor? What is our mission (as described by you)? What is the opportunity?

We started Anchor to add an aspect of control to cloud computing. The opportunity and mission includes building the next generation, horizontally scaling data synchronization platform deployed in the cloud, on premise or in a virtual appliance that people are in control of. 

What do you like to do?

I enjoy spending time with my family and experimenting with different computing environments and technologies. I also like playing guitar, and mess around with remote control aircraft.


Matt Cotton
Senior Software Architect 

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What is your previous experience?

Previously, I was a Senior Software Architect at SonicWall. Over the course of my 6+ years at SonicWall I worked on several of the company’s high performance networking products. Although my development focus was in building a continuous backup product, including the core architecture and an integrated operating system that was used to deploy various SonicWall products, in addition, I managed the offsite infrastructure for tens of thousands of customers.

What is your role in the company (as described by you)?

From developing new features, improving scalability of existing, quality assurance, working on network infrastructure, to building backend infrastructure - I do it all!

Why did you start Anchor? What is our mission (as described by you)? What is the opportunity?

We started Anchor as a business that would sell cutting edge technology. Our mission is to provide clients with a high-demand application such as Anchor offers. The opportunity is bringing innovation to cloud computing.

What do you like to do?

I enjoy woodworking and designing/building furniture. I also enjoy wakeboarding, snowboarding, hiking, and any ocean related activity.

Why businesses should not use Sugar Sync, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, Dropbox etc.

Businesses desire collaboration, accessibility, and external access; and that can be delivered through the cloud.

But when choosing solutions such as SugarSync, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Dropbox, businesses should be aware of these threats and problems:

Security breaches

Beyond personal use, SugarSync, Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive, and Dropbox are not recommended for networks.

With each of these solutions, a stranger hosts your data. Your business is secured by one encryption key, that everyone else is using. This explains why Dropbox’s recent security failures were so heavily publicized: everyone was at risk.

Additionally, external hosting means that information is stored on a foreign server.  There is no local oversight over this infrastructure. Your files are secured by these companies, exclusively.

Increased downtime

Most of these cloud companies host on a third-party server, such as Amazon. What this means: when Amazon goes down, these companies experience downtime, and ultimately, your cloud goes offline.

Downtime is more likely to occur because the entire ecosystem depends on this external server.

Limited visibility

Cloud solutions, thus far, have not provided users with visibility. There is limited policy and access management, and absolutely no reporting. What are your employees doing? How much data are they using? What files are excluded? What is the revision history on a specific document? None of these questions go answered.

Weak business functionality

SugarSync, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive and Dropbox are not made for businesses, they are consumer solutions. There is no integration with your business environment or applications.

Also, because these companies pay for data, they will erase revisions and deleted files without your consent, on a recurring basis. Finally, there is no restoration of these files, and thus, they are not true backup solutions.

Carlo Tapia

Anchor 

Version 1.2.5.154 Released!

As if our solution wasn’t robust enough, check out the improvements we made in the latest version of the Anchor platform, Version 1.2.5.154:


-Updated database access libraries and nearly tripled our query response times

-Improved file scan using 1,000,000 files as benchmark so that it can quickly scan deep and wide directories for changes (completed 1,000,000 file scan in 12 minutes)

-Tweaked Apache’s transfer settings to improve http:// download and upload speeds

-Removed redundant database queries and implemented intelligent client-side caching to minimize the number of requests

We’re excited to announce 1.2.4.154, and we’re confident our clients will be pleased.

To download, please visit our site.

Now to prepare for our big SaaS release!

Carlo Tapia
Anchor 

An article that deserves its own blog

The principles of cloud: efficiency and accessibility.

http://www.wired.com/insights/2012/10/5-cloud-business-benefits/

Carlo Tapia
Anchor 

Cloud beats file servers, VPNs and FTPs

We’ve depended on our local file server. But over the past five years, people have moved away from the file server, VPNs and FTPs, and towards the cloud. Below are problems we’ve identified with file servers, VPNs and FTPs:

No collaboration

The file server is like a big computer that people in the company have access to. Files are opened and saved. But what if you want employees to work on files together?

Unfortunately, on the file server, there are no shared files. That’s because the file server recognizes only one version of the file, that is, the latest (saved) version. Employees working on the same file run the risk of overwriting each other’s versions.

With the cloud, users can work on the same file because all users’ revisions are integrated.

Lack of accessibility

Users can access the file server directly (via computer network), through virtual private network (VPN), or through file transfer protocol (FTP).

But there is no offline access. Generally, there is no access outside of the network. This limited access forces users to email themselves specific files and inhibits mobile access. 

Threat of external access

How do you share access to the file server? Unless the person is in the office, there is only one way to grant external access: VPN and FTP username and password. Users with file server access are not easily excluded from your system.

This makes it difficult, and risky, to share specific files and folders.

Cloud resolves these problems, allowing collaboration, accessibility and external access.

Carlo Tapia
Anchor 

Why aren’t IT professionals managing cloud?

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When we make outbound calls, the first thing we ask: “Are any of your clients using Dropbox, Google Drive or Sugar Sync?”  90% of the IT providers we speak with answer “Yes.”

People - businesses - are moving their data to the cloud. It makes sense: the technology is conducive to the work environment, allowing accessibility and collaboration.

With that said, I’m throwing down the gauntlet. 

After years of network service, why aren’t IT professionals managing their clients cloud? If their clients are demanding and using cloud solutions, why aren’t they offering this service?

Why not capitalize on the opportunity to provide their clients with a secure, efficient cloud sync and collaboration solution? Why not take on the challenge, and unlock a new source of revenue

Carlo Tapia
Anchor