TechnoBabble

TechnoBabble - cutting through the sales talk

We took a trip to Hair Expo this year to see what was happening, say hi to our clients and generally enjoy the weird and wonderful goings on of one of the largest trade shows of its kind in Australia.

We enjoyed with what we saw but we did notice a bit of confusion with different vendors trying to outsell each other using a mixed variety of ‘techno babble’.

We decided it might be helpful to do a little ‘mythbusting’ by putting some facts to some terminology being used lately and to let you know where Salon Swift stands, technically speaking. We’ll keep it simple and quick, if you’d like further info please do contact us.

The Cloud

This is a term being used a lot lately. It’s a great, relatively new technology (the last 6 – 10 years ) that basically means your software runs on a groups of computers on the internet.  You usually access your software through a web browser, but it doesn’t have to be.

The Good : You can access the software from anywhere.

The Bad : If your internet goes down, if you can’t get to internet, or if your internet is intermittent you can’t access your software.

Servers

Servers have been around for a LONG time in the computing world.  Basically you have one machine and it holds all the information. Other machines in your network connect to this server and get their information.  When a change is made it’s made on the server and all the other machines keep getting updates from the server to keep up to date.

The Good : Servers have been around forever and when up and working properly are reliable and fast.

The Bad : The same with the Cloud, if your network goes down, if the server crashes or if it has a power out you lose access to all your information.  Servers often attract higher costs.

 

What other alternatives are there?  What technology does Salon Swift use?

Glad you asked 🙂

These companies use Peer2Peer technology

Salon Swift uses a technology called Peer2Peer networking.  Basically each machine has its own database and they can talk to each other over either the internet or your internal network.  If one machine makes a change it lets the other machines know of that change and they all update.  There is no central server and no reliance on internet.  If you did lose your internet and the computers couldn’t talk to each other they’ll happily keep running and when the internet comes back on they simply update each other (synch) to bring each other up to date.

The Good :

  • If one computer crashes, the others are happy to keep working and sharing data between just themselves.  When the other computer comes back “to life” they will synch any data changes with that computer bringing it up to date.
  • If the network goes down, they will similarly all keep adding their own data and when the network comes back up they will all synch with each other and keep working happily.
  • There is no extra associated cost as there is no central server.
  • It’s by far the most secure and modern data sharing method in ever created.  It’s called Peer to Peer (P2P) and companies that are now using this system include Google, Microsoft, Skype, Adobe, AOL, Salon Swift, and many others.

The Bad : You have to have your laptop / tablet with you if you want to connect from somewhere (Paris / Bali for example).  You can’t simply walk up to an internet cafe and look at your data on any random computer that doesn’t have Salon Swift on it.

Is this a problem?  Usually not.  If you’re serious about your business and you’re travelling a lot, you’ll have a laptop or a tablet pc.

You can see the benefits here on why we’ve chosen this method and why, for now, we think it’s the best networking method and why we prefer it over Servers and over the Cloud.  We’re not the only ones either.  As mentioned companies such as Google, Microsoft, Skype, Adobe and AOL all have products using Peer2Peer technology.

This ‘little’ article may have gotten longer than anticipated but if you’re trying to make sense of the ‘technobabble’ that’s getting around we hope this has helped.