Kerry Properties boasts an enviable portfolio of prestigious properties in APAC including the Kerry Centre, residences, hotels, and Megabox, a 1.1 million square foot shopping, dining, and entertainment complex in Hong Kong. Max Yip, head of infrastructure, security and operations at Kerry Properties, said, “We are on a digital transformation journey. We have been operating on-premises workloads at our data centers in Hong Kong and Shanghai, where we have about 500 VMware virtual machines (VMs) running business-critical applications. We also have local data on Windows and Linux servers hosted at about 20 remote and branch office (ROBO) locations.”
Kerry Properties’ digital transformation journey includes moving workloads to a multi-cloud environment, centralizing IT, including backups, and moving backups off-site. Across its locations, Kerry Properties used a variety of legacy backup methods, ranging from tape, to on-premises solutions like Veeam and Veritas NetBackup and Backup Exec, making backups inconsistent.
Not only was it operationally challenging to manage multiple backup tools, but there was no centralized visibility into whether the data was backed up properly. This left the company vulnerable to accidental data loss and ransomware. Additionally, the company’s user data was only backed up to a local Windows server. To align with its digital transformation goals, the company needed a cloud-based unified backup strategy.