Applying consistent and robust security across all retail and corporate locations was the challenge AutoNation faced while evaluating perimeter security solutions. Each location’s network includes an Internet point of presence as well as a direct connection to AutoNation’s data center. Additionally, each of the more than 30 car manufacturers supported by AutoNation has slightly different requirements regarding connectivity, especially concerning Internet-connected vehicle diagnostic systems. Like many organizations, AutoNation found that most of its traffic was Internet-bound, particularly as the company began using more cloud services. And like all companies, it was concerned about the increasing frequency and sophistication of Internet-borne threats.
The Direct-To-Cloud Experience: Deploying Office 365 In 290 Locations
AutoNation was facing a challenge familiar to many organizations today: bringing the benefits of Office 365 to its widely distributed employees throughout North America. AutoNation had already established Internet points of presence in all retail and corporate locations, which enabled AutoNation to successfully deploy Office 365 and ensure a fast user experience while delivering consistent security. The use of Office 365 results in long-lived connections—12 or more connections per user—so it puts a considerable strain on traditional networks and can quickly exceed firewall capacities. Zscaler eliminates these problems and ensures a fast user experience through peering with Microsoft in major data centers and through bandwidth controls that allow you to prioritize Office 365 traffic over other traffic, like streaming media. In addition to deploying Office 365, AutoNation is rapidly establishing an eCommerce presence using cloud providers such as Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company acknowledges that it is moving to the cloud very quickly, migrating from physical data centers and on prem hardware. Zscaler has provided a robust platform for enabling this transformation.
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