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ASA Automotive Systems reports its cloud-based hosting services will soon reach the 100 dealer mark, representing about 500 locations and nearly 2,000 users, 

To accommodate this trend away from on-premise software, ASA continues to adjust its business models and strategies, and has invested nearly a quarter of a million dollars in the past year alone in its data center and off-site storage technology for redundancy, the company says.

The trend ASA is seeing in in line with what the industry experts are saying. Gartner Research reports more than 60% of all enterprises will have adopted some form of cloud computing in 2013, ASA notes. In a study by the IBM Institute for Business Value, almost three-fourths of business leaders surveyed said that their companies have already piloted, adopted or substantially implemented cloud technologies. Ninety percent expect to have done so within three years.

Commercial Tire in Meridian, Idaho, made the move to ASA’s data center in 2012.  Aging hardware and the need for business continuity and a reliable disaster recovery plan drove their decision to move to the cloud. 

“I had to spend time maintaining our old system server. Now that we are operating on the ASP virtual server, most of that maintenance has gone away,” says Jason Morony, IT director at Commercial Tire.  “We wanted the peace of mind that our financials were protected in a secure data center. You never know when fire or a natural disaster will strip everything away from you.”

“Our clients want private, secure and economical cloud-based services that provide the same or better quality and service levels as an on-premise IT environment,” says Scott Hopkins, vice president of operations at ASA. “With that assurance, they are able to focus more on driving business value from their data and operations, and less on managing their hardware.”

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