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By Deal Pack - July 17, 2012
More than likely your dealership or finance company relies on more than one computer to accomplish your daily tasks and get business done efficiently. Should you have all of your computers networked to a server? If you have a large staff, the answer should be yes. What is a server? In laymen’s terms, it is a computer designed to process requests and deliver data to other (client) computers over a local network or internet connection.
A network of computers connected by a server is far more efficient than having multiple non networked computers. There are a myriad of benefits to having a server whether it is for storage space, back up options, mobility if you are a traveler or work from home and performing security updates quickly. Some software companies provide a server to their clients or your company may need to obtain a Terminal Server. Both customer Terminal Server and ASP (Terminal) Server allow for server based computing. This allows for remote and local locations to run a software program on the server using the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client. Dealer Management Solutions, such as Deal Pack (ABCOA) give you the option whereas other companies require you to connect to the server they provide or visa versa. Let’s look at the pros and cons of your own terminal server vs. ABCOA ASP Server:
Customer Terminal Server
Lower monthly user fees
Upfront Server expenditures (hardware cost and software licensing average $2500 to $4500
User is responsible for server equipment, maintenance, IT costs and updating the server
User is responsible for network configuration and troubleshooting in event of a failure
User is responsible for system backups and data backups
User is responsible for client connectivity configuration to the server
User is responsible for printer redirection configuration to the server
ABCOA ASP Server
No server equipment expenditures (hardware cost and software licensing)
ABCOA is responsible for server, network, printer, client connectivity configuration
ABCOA is responsible for onsite and offsite backups of system and data
ABCOA Server runs in a private cloud with High Availability clustering for server failover
ABCOA equipment co-located with Colo5 disaster recovery center (www.colo5.com)
ABCOA equipment has triple redundant internet providers (Level3, ATT, TW Telecom)
ABCOA equipment has triple redundant generators for uninterrupted power
Slightly higher monthly user fees
2 year contract required
Once you have decided to either host your own server or use one your DMS provides for you, you will see that it streamlines and improves your business information flow in many ways. Pick up the phone and call your software current software provider for more information on the options available to you!
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Advanced Business Computers of America (ABCoA) develops and supports end-to-end software solutions for the subprime finance industry. Since 1983,
we have helped automotive dealerships and finance companies eliminate duplication, remain compliant, and achieve success with dependable, all-in-one software and white glove service and support.
Deal Pack is a complete, all-in-one software ecosystem customizable to your exact needs and scalable to your exact size - helping improve your operations, grow your business,
and solve the challenges you face. Whether you are a finance or sales company, multi-entity or publicly traded company handling BHPH or LHPH, operating or capital leases,
internal or external floor-planning, retail, rentals, consumer loans, origination, or seasoned paper, Deal Pack is the dependable software for mission critical operations.
Deal Pack handles all of your business needs transparently – providing you measurable improvements and complete financial control, saving you time,
increasing your bottom line, and allowing you the freedom to focus on your daily operations. Deal Pack is relied upon by thousands of customers across
all 50 states in the United States and six countries around the world. Customers properly using Deal Pack have never lost an IRS audit.
To learn more about ABCoA, visit www.abcoa.com.