Explain Surfly like I’m 5 (years old)

Posted by: Ishaan Dua
30 July 2021
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We get it, Surfly’s hard to explain. So we thought we’d turn it into a story about a 5 year old schoolgirl.

Jenny, a 5 year old schoolgirl, walked to school every day. Amsterdam was usually such a nice city to walk in, but after 3 years of walking down the same path every day, Jenny just felt…..bored. 

One fine day, she decided “Enough is enough! Today, I’m going to be adventurous”. 

That day, she decided that she would take a little detour- she would walk on a colorful little lane that she had always glanced at with intrigue, but had never quite dared to walk on. 

On her way, she met a magician who had amazing powers! He said

Young child, just bring me a vegetable and I can transform it into anything you want- I can turn it into pizza, french fries, or even chocolate. And with a bit of work, I could even turn it into cotton candy 

Jenny was over the moon. She could now turn a boring old vegetable into cotton candy! 

When Jenny went to sleep, all she could think of was her walk the next morning. Her journeys were now transformed forever!

But then, that brings us to the next question- Who is this magician? And how does he have these amazing powers? 

This magician might not exist in real life, but on the web, he has a name- It’s Surfly! 

Surfly can transform any website or web app in any way, shape, or form just like the magician in Jenny’s world. 

But, to understand how that works, we need to talk about how CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) work. CDNs are used by the biggest companies in the world, like Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, and even TikTok. 

Basically, any company that wants to deliver content to you- fast, uses a CDN to do it. CDNs are just a network of servers in various locations across the world that hold copies of the same content so that the closest server can deliver content to you. This ensures that the distance traveled is lesser and that your content gets to you ASAP! Nobody likes to wait 10 seconds for a video to load, do they?

Surfly works just like this, except that we don’t just serve normal content, we serve “magic” content. When a user asks to co-browse a website, we receive the existing website content and do “magic” on it. We add interactive features like drawing, video chat, e-signing, document upload, and more, to transform the boring, old, “vegetable content” into “pizza content”, just like Jenny’s magician! 

 

So, while a CDN just sends the same content to users, we, at Surfly, use our server to enhance the content first. Since our server can do much more than a CDN, we gave our “magic” server a special name, we call it “Interaction Middleware”. 

Don’t you think we sound exactly like Jenny’s magician, but for the web?   

Welcome to the next wave in online interaction. Welcome to Surfly.

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