Cloud computing is a new way for companies to manage their IT function. There can be a lot of work in running your business applications on site, such as server maintenance, upgrades and back up plans – so many organisations are now looking for a better way to run their business.
Instead of managing all your IT applications yourself, you can let a cloud hosting company take the strain and run them from a secure data centre. Your Dealer Management System (DMS) can also be hosted in the cloud, making IT headaches and maintenance a thing of the past.
CDK Global Cloud Hosting has been developed with your dealership in mind. It is the only platform that has been completely customised to host your CDK Global Dealer Management System (DMS).
|Reliability||Never worry about down time again; your DMS data will always be right there when you need it.|
|Security||Your data is accessed via a secure, private network – with access controls in place.|
|Disaster Recovery (DR)||Your customer data is always copied to a secure off-site location, so in case of an emergency your system can be restarted quickly from another site.|
|Predictable Monthly Costs||No more budgeting for new servers, upgrades or breakdowns – just one predictable, manageable monthly cost.|
|Technical Support||If you have any questions, you’re in expert hands. We allocate a single point of contact with specialist knowledge for all your DMS needs.|
CDK Global has over 10 years’ experience in providing DMS hosting to dealerships across the globe. We now manage more than 225,000 DMS users from our ten strategically located data centres.
We maintain the highest level of security at our hosting campuses and also have built-in provisions for disaster recovery. This means that we can confidently operate a Service Level Agreement that provides 99.5% uptime.
With Cloud Hosting (HSP) you can free up your valuable time to focus on your dealership and let CDK Global focus on looking after your DMS. You will never need to buy another DMS server, manage another upgrade or attempt to recover from a systems outage by yourselves again.
You will no longer need to worry about:
Peace of mind when it matters most
Grow your business, without the IT headaches
Resource & Scalability
Why pay for unnecessary resource or upgrade costs?
When your dealership is ready to expand, simply add more users with Cloud Hosting (HSP).
Ensure maximum uptime for your dealership
CDK Global Cloud Hosting (HSP) operates a Service Level Agreement to ensure maximum uptime for your dealership
Meteor Group Plc Take control of their IT with Cloud Hosting (HSP)
Meteor Group Plc took the decision to outsource the group’s Autoline server and applications to CDK Global. Simon Miles, Company Secretary of Meteor, was instrumental in this decision and three years on, shares the reasons for his decision and the outcome.
Great Central Vauxhall protect their data and servers using Cloud Hosting (HSP)
In 2009, Great Central suffered a major server memory failure followed by a collapsed backup system, resulting in the permanent loss of five days worth of Dealer Management System (DMS) data. This provoked Great Central to approach CDK Global about hosting their key systems, including the Autoline DMS and Print Manager application in one of CDK Global's dedicated data centres. Now, Great Central has 'peace of mind' that their business critical systems and data are in safe hands and there is no chance of a repeat of their earlier data disaster.
Dealers are solely responsible when hosting a server on site. Should you lose access to your Dealer Management System, it’s up to you to fault find and bring the dealership back online. Do you have the time and the knowledge to do this?
When you are creating a quote for a customer or booking a service you expect your DMS to be available and working so why would you rely on a single point of failure i.e. a single server in your dealership?
Your DMS is a critical system to the running of your business, it affects all areas of the dealership and unplanned downtime, for any reason, will have a hugely negative effect, could lose you business and may result in bad publicity.
There are still dealers who choose to operate their own DMS servers within their dealerships over moving to the Cloud, but it doesn’t matter where your server sits, you still need to look after it!
Many leading dealers are moving their DMS to external hosting, so it’s a good time to think about the strategy that’s best for you.
It is a common misconception that choosing a hosted solution is more expensive. However, if you are maintaining your own servers, there are many other factors to consider when calculating the real cost. It’s not just the expense of the hardware.