Comparison Between
FORESITE in-house (or any in-house system) and FORESITE REMOTE

 

FORESITE In-House
(or any in-house system)
System

FORESITE Remote
Uses an ASP*

FORESITE Software

All features and capabilities

All features and capabilities

FORESITE Server

Supplied by Key Data

Not needed

Internet Gateway (PC with serial ports)

Not needed

Needed

Foresite Application Package

Lease or paid-in-full at purchase

Paid Monthly

Foresite Maintenance

Monthly

Monthly

Data Redundancy

No

Yes

Installation

One time charge

One time charge

Data Conversion

One time charge

One time charge

Hardware Maintenance 

Yes

Not needed

Telephone Line charges

Expensive ($1,500 to $4,000 per month)

Inexpensive ($200.00 to $400.00 per month)

Communications Hardware

Expensive Modems and Multiplexors

Inexpensive DSL** Router

DSL

Not needed

Supplied by Customer

Security

Password + Permissions

Password + Permissions + Encryption

Obsolescence

Eventually new server needed

Never

Foresite Updates

Semi-automatic

Automatic

Look and feel

Character or Browser

Character or Browser

Daily Backups

Done by Customer

Done by ASP

* ASP - Application Service Providers. They are third-party entities that manage and distribute software-based services and solutions to customers across a wide area network from a central data center. In essence, ASPs are a way for companies to outsource some or almost all aspects of their information technology needs. ASPs are broken down into five subcategories:
1. Enterprise ASPs; deliver high-end business applications.
2. Local/Regional ASPs; supply wide variety of application services for smaller businesses in a local area.
3. Specialist ASPs; provide applications for a specific need, such as Web site services or human resources.
4. Vertical Market ASPs; provide support to a specific industry such as healthcare.
5. Volume Business ASPs; supply general small/medium-sized businesses with pre-packaged application services in volume.
ASPs may be commercial ventures that cater to customers, or not-for-profit or government organizations, providing service and support to end users.
FORESITE REMOTE uses type #1.


** DSL - An acronym for Digital Subscriber Line. A method of connecting full time to the Internet at speeds approaching and sometimes beyond T1 but without the full bandwidth. In most locations, the cost is a small fraction of the cost of T1 or T3. The service runs on one pair and sometimes two pair wires and allows voice on the same line. Digital Subscriber Line service is a high-speed data service that works over copper telephone lines and is typically offered by telephone companies. The real beauty of DSL technology is that it works on existing POTS lines (Plain Old Telephone Service) which allows the phone companies to provide this service without costly installation of higher-grade cable. 

 

 

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Last modified: October 12, 2000