The AutoNation IT team evaluated multiple solutions, including Cohesity and Rubrik. After an extensive proof-of-concept (PoC), the team selected Cohesity to be AutoNation’s next-generation, hyperconverged secondary data platform based on performance, ease of implementation and management, and lower TCO.
Out of the box, Cohesity offered a single, easy-to-navigate user interface (UI). In fact, during the PoC stage, the team immediately witnessed a substantial decline in the job-failure rate, and any failures that did occur were easily traced and addressed. Moreover, the team was able to take corrective actions to ensure that failures wouldn’t repeat, which previously was not an option.
It was key and critical for AutoNation and its go-forward strategy to implement Cohesity to integrate across all environments, including moving data from on-premises to multi-cloud and back to on-prem. With more and more next-generation apps now developed in the cloud, AutoNation will rely more heavily on cloud storage, including AWS. Cohesity’s ability to support backup and recovery across a hybrid environment was instrumental.
The team deployed Cohesity C2510 nodes across AutoNation’s environment, and consolidated data protection, target storage, and SQL protection on a single platform. With Cohesity’s scale-out, pay-as-you-grow model, the IT team could easily introduce new nodes into the storage cluster and address growing requirements.
Our goal was to build a highly efficient and agile IT infrastructure that quickly adapts to evolving business requirements. By leveraging Cohesity’s software-defined hyperconverged platform for modern backup and recovery, we substantially enhanced our operational capabilities at AutoNation, improved reliability, and lowered our TCO. Beyond backup and recovery, we are extending the Cohesity solution for disaster recovery and long-term retention in AWS. A key benefit with Cohesity was the ability for native integration with AWS, giving us the flexibility and scalability we need for future demands.
— Adam Rasner, Vice President Technology Operations, AutoNation