Automotive Retailer AutoNation Selects Flexential for Deploying High-density DR Environment

"Flexential achieved for us what few providers could: a high-density DR environment at one of its newest and most innovative data centers," said Adam Rasner, senior director of IT operations and infrastructure, AutoNation.

flexentialFlexential, the data center services and hybrid IT infrastructure company formerly known as Peak 10 + ViaWest with 41 data center facilities across the U.S. and international markets, has announced the recent deployment of a high-density Disaster Recovery environment for AutoNation – a Fortune 500 company.

The automotive retailer chose to house its DR environment within Flexential’s data center in Texas. Before turning to Flexential to fulfill its Disaster Recovery requirements, AutoNation moved its IT infrastructure into the public cloud. During testing, it quickly realized that its application and data needs required too much horsepower and were too expensive to operate in the cloud. AutoNation recognized it needed a third-party colocation and DR provider with “industry-leading” power and cooling capacity that could accommodate its equipment within a small footprint to reduce costs. AutoNation toured several providers’ facilities and ultimately chose Flexential.

“Flexential achieved for us what few providers could: a high-density DR environment at one of its newest and most innovative data centers,” said Adam Rasner, senior director of IT operations and infrastructure, AutoNation. “The facility’s capabilities, coupled with the team’s expertise and flexibility, helped us take an original design of close to 20 cabinets at 5kW per cabinet and optimize that to seven cabinets at almost 20kW per cabinet – delivering the ability to scale our environment very cost-effectively as we continue to grow our business.”

100Gbps Network Backbone

To demonstrate this high-density capability to enterprises, the Flexential Texas data center features a test bed that showcases the ability to support high-density, hyper-converged server deployments. The facility is one of the company’s 41 data centers spanning the US, connected by a 100Gbps network backbone delivering network options and interconnection capabilities that extend to hundreds of global carrier offerings.

“AutoNation chose one of our most innovative and technologically advanced facilities, supporting density levels up to 2,000 watts per square foot,” said Tom Myers, regional vice president at Flexential. “This is attractive for high-growth companies who require a small, dense physical footprint that enables them to cost-effectively scale their IT environment. We are glad our team and facility earned the trust and confidence of AutoNation. We look forward to helping support its business operations and enable further growth.”