Industry leadership calls for uninterrupted network connectivity
AutoNation needed a higher-performance, more reliable way of accessing and securing applications, databases, and processes, according to Rasner. The infrastructure improvements were vital for the company to continue earning its annual revenue of over $21 billion.
More bandwidth and resiliency would also help grow the business. AutoNation employs over 22,000 people in over 350 locations across the U.S. at its auction houses, repair facilities, warehouses, and hundreds of dealerships. The staff need network reliability for tasks ranging from completing sales of new and used cars of almost every make to handling inventory, pricing, repair, and helping customers with financing and insurance options.
What’s more, Rasner and his team wanted to reduce the high maintenance and carrier costs that resulted from using multiple vendors for telecommunications services in different regions across the country. “The value MPLS brings for the cost we were paying—it simply wasn’t there,” says Rasner, adding, “At the end of the day, MPLS is a low-bandwidth and high-cost connection.”