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Auto Tech Outlook | Wednesday, March 17, 2021
A geo-redundancy service replicates data across two or more cloud locations and can migrate between them automatically if one fails. True cloud enables companies to remain stable and operational even though one of their site crashes.
FREMONT, CA: DMS systems have gone a long way from their initial iterations in the 1980s. DMS (Dealer Management Systems) used to include onsite computers, which necessitated manual labor from dealership staff. Employees must conduct system upgrades, regular data backups, and other scheduled maintenance on server-based DMS solutions.
Some DMS vendors migrated to remote server farms, where servicing was handled by the manufacturer or an outside firm, in an attempt to distance the server from the dealership and reduce these responsibilities. A DMS is in a data farm, and no longer onsite does not mean the database has been updated; it just means the server is no longer at the dealership. Although this reduced the amount of maintenance required, it also introduced additional problems, such as the need for a virtual private network to connect with the server farm.
The infrastructure world, including dealer management systems and related third-party vendors, is rapidly evolving due to cloud computing. With the advent of true cloud software in the automotive industry, now is the time to learn about the advantages it can offer for the company. True cloud tech takes full advantage of cloud computing’s built-in capabilities to boost growth and performance.
The key benefits of true cloud computing and why it is a must-have for the dealership’s DMS are outlined below.
Connectivity is the lifeblood of businesses. If a server farm or VPN goes down, the dealership goes down with it. A geo-redundancy service replicates data across two or more cloud locations and can migrate between them automatically if one fails. True cloud enables companies to remain stable and operational even though one of their site crashes. If one has ever been working and the system goes down for several hours, they know how detrimental that can be to the dealership’s productivity.
To cater to peak demand until cloud computing, dealers had to add memory to their server-based systems. When a dealership’s room was exhausted, they had to install more memory, which was an extra expense. True cloud software offers elastic scalability, allowing new services to be quickly added or removed if required. When the dealership requires extra services, one no longer has to pay for them.
Security is more crucial than ever due to rapidly changing threats. Anything that is connected to the internet is vulnerable to a security breach. With advanced security audits, real cloud security combats persistent security risks.
Modern Development Tools
True cloud computing provides modern programming tools, resulting in quicker development. True cloud supports quicker application testing, enabling developers to validate and scale their software even more easily.