Automotive retailer drives into the cloud

Asbury Automotive replaces three data centers with 100 percent cloud-based systems -- so IT can focus on business.

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Asbury Automotive Group CIO Barry Cohen says his team should focus on what it does best, and drop the rest. With that as its guiding philosophy, the $5.9 billion automotive retailer decided to become data-center-free.

"We decided we don't do data centers well, nor develop applications well," Cohen says.

The move paid off. Cohen says he and his staff now spend most of their time working with the business -- a strength for his team and a goal for many IT leaders. Meanwhile, the company's technology is 100 percent in public and private clouds.

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