How the largest U.S. auto retailer is leveraging secondary storage

AutoNation and Cohesity

In a recent blog post by our partner Cohesity, it’s interesting to see how our customer AutoNation is using this hyperconverged secondary storage technology to change the future car buying experience.

In the past fifty years, the car shopping process has been relatively the same. You browse, you negotiate, and you drive home with a vehicle. Champion customer AutoNation says all that’s about to change! The largest U.S. auto retailer is leading the charge toward a future in which the car-buying and Amazon-shopping experiences are nearly the same – and Cohesity is playing an important role in their transformation.

Cohesity is supplying the hyperconverged secondary storage solution that is helping AutoNation transform the entire automobile-buying experience, from purchase to service.

How? With Cohesity as its secondary storage provider, AutoNation is no longer struggling with 6,000 backup failures a month. Instead, the company has confidence that its data can be restored quickly and reliably, and that its storage solution can scale across a rapidly growing organization,

Check out the video below to see AutoNation’s head of IT Infrastructure and Operations, Adam Rasner, and CXOTalk host, Michael Krigsman, chat about AutoNation’s decision to choose a “next gen” vendor over antiquated, legacy options when it came time to solve enterprise storage issues.

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Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.


Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.


Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!


As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.


He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.


Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.


Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.


In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.


Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.