Estate Agent Pro Enterprise

LAN vs ASP Model

LAN vs ASP Model

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Estate Agent Pro Enterprise encompasses the speed, reliance and security of a local database together with the near real-time replication of data to other branches and your own website (if applicable).

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

 

There are basically two permutations of software products available to estate agents. These are:

 

ASP (Application Service Provider) Model:

 

ASP is a remotely hosted database accessed via an internet web browser. This will be very similar to the look and feel of internet banking.

 

LAN (Local Area Network) Model:

 

This is normally a client/server application with a local database per branch.

 

ADVANTAGES/DISADVANTAGES COMPARED WITH ESTATE AGENT PRO ENTERPRISE

 

ASP ADVANTAGES

ESTATE AGENT PRO ENTERPRISE

Access from Anywhere.

A user can access the system from any other branch or from an external location via Microsoft Remote Desktop.

Low startup costs.

The enterprise charging model is based on the ASP model whereby a fixed fee is paid per month. There are no additional fees for support or portal uploads. The number of users per branch is unlimited.

ASP DISADVANTAGES

ESTATE AGENT PRO ENTERPRISE

Data availability and/or data loss.

 

 

 

Estate Agent Pro Enterprise is not an ASP model so it has none of these disadvantages.

Security of sensitive data.

Database server shared by many users.

Speed of Access.

Does not suit complex applications and not user friendly.

LAN ADVANTAGES

ESTATE AGENT PRO ENTERPRISE

Speed of Access.

 

Estate Agent Pro Enterprise is a LAN model so has these advantages.

Local backups under own control.

Better integration with imaging devices, printers, etc.

LAN DISADVANTAGES

ESTATE AGENT PRO ENTERPRISE

High initial spend.

For branches with more than 2 users a dedicated database server is required. IT infrastructure should be reviewed on an ongoing basis but is not just limited to Estate Agent pro. In this case the ASP Models claim would only apply if you used no other software at all.

Ongoing IT hardware spend.

No immediate access to changes made in other branches.

Changes made at other branches will be automatically replicated between all branches within a few minutes. If internet access is lost the replication of data will be automatically resumed when it becomes available again.

 

As can be seen from the above table, Estate Agent Pro Enterprise offers the best of both worlds.

 

HOW DOES ESTATE AGENT PRO ENTERPRISE ACHIEVE THIS?

 

This is achieved in a number of ways:

 

Each branch has it's own local database which can be accessed via our own local application which provides very quick, sophisticated and user friendly access using a standard Microsoft Windows look and feel similar to Microsoft Office 2007. This system is available 24/7 and is not affected by the loss of internet connectivity. The data can be backed up locally and is fully under your control.

 

Data is automatically replicated (synchronised) between branches at no additional cost. This occurs every 60 seconds.

 

Two services run on each PC/Server where your local database is hosted. This PC/Server must be dedicated where a branch has more than two users per branch. One of these services is the database server the other is the replication service. Both of these run automatically without any user intervention and are unaffected by loss of internet connectivity. The worse case scenario if you lose internet connectivity is that the replication process will be delayed until it is restored.

 

For a technical explanation of the inter-branch communications methodology please see the Synchronisation Section of this document.