AutoNation Chief Information Security Officer Ken Athanasiou knew that cloud transformation could save the company money while enabling new capabilities. But it would take careful planning, and an organization receptive to change, flexibility, and an agile methodology.
For AutoNation’s cloud transformation, Athanasiou sought to enable new functional capabilities, connect 360+ retail locations via the cloud, reduce infrastructure costs, and improve security (including reporting, visibility, and management). AutoNation was in the process of deploying Office 365, and Athanasiou realized AutoNation needed local internet breakouts and a new cloud security architecture. AutoNation’s secure cloud transformation led to improved user experiences, fast Office 365 performance, better protection against threats, reduced appliance costs, and greater agility to grow.
Enable new functional capabilities
Connect 360+ retail locations via the cloud
Reduce infrastructure, MPLS costs
Improve security, reporting, visibility, management
Closing the digital divide — seamless user experience online and in stores
Protect customer PII data
Prioritize cloud vs. data center app migration
Embrace cloud security, particularly SSL inspection
Address security debt, processes for inline security
Establish reporting visibility
Create local internet breakouts
Optimize for Office 365
Improved user experience: Less latency, fast Office 365
Better protection against threats
Easier to bring new locations, capabilities online
Greater traffic visibility, better policy management
Reduced security appliance costs
Protection against zero-day threats with Cloud Sandbox behavioral analysis
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