The overall performance of the PDASync application on the Solaris 7 11/99 operating environment is slower in comparison with the overall performance of HotSync on a Microsoft Windows PC. The following architectural differences are responsible for the performance differences between the PDASync application and HotSync:
The PDASync calendar conduit contacts the calendar server through the network to access appointments, while Palm's HotSync reads a flat file database to get calendar appointments.
The PDASync application treats each record on the PalmPilot as a separate file on the desktop (for example, a separate file for each memo and address vcard), enabling users to access these files from the CDE desktop. Palm's HotSync keeps records for each database in one large file. When accessing 1000 records, the PDASync application sorts through 1000 files on the desktop, while Palm's HotSync sorts through the one large file.