The Business Challenge
Kinepolis Group is a fast-growing entertainment company with an expanding
international footprint. It operates 56 cinemas across Belgium, the Netherlands,
France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland, as well as 55 cinemas in Canada
and the United States. Kinepolis is also a pioneer in the industry. It opened
the world’s first megaplex cinema in Brussels (25 screens) and the world’s largest
(at the time) cinema in Madrid (9,200 seats).
“Our mission is to provide customers with the ‘ultimate movie experience,’”
said Bjorn Van Reet, CIO at Kinepolis Group. “Our challenge is staying ahead
of the competition.”
Van Reet said staying ahead of the competition requires continual innovation,
and continual innovation requires a thorough understanding of customers.
“Every decision we make revolves around the customer experience, which means
the IT systems supporting their experience must be backed up and available.
Legacy backup wasn’t meeting that criteria. Over time we had acquired several
solutions, so backup had become decentralized, complicated and unreliable.”
One of the most important IT systems supporting the customer experience is a data
warehouse that delivers business intelligence (BI). It’s called Microsoft Power BI,
and it analyzes information to help Kinepolis make better business decisions.
Additional systems support ticketing, concessions and the company’s website
containing content about films, showtimes and upcoming events.
“Any company taking itself seriously knows that IT systems impacting the customer
experience should be backed up reliably so they’re always available,” Van Reet said.
“If they’re not available and customers are impacted, your brand will be perceived
negatively, and customers will drop off. They’ll choose your competitor instead.”
The Veeam solution
Kinepolis replaced legacy backup with Veeam® Availability Suite™. Veeam helps
the company deliver the ultimate movie experience by centralizing and simplifying
backup of the IT systems supporting customer experience and innovation.
Veeam protects the data warehouse providing analytics that guide all business
decisions and helps the IT team resolve issues proactively before they escalate
and impact the business.
“One of the reasons we can entertain 40 million customers each year is because
Veeam protects the IT systems that keep our cinemas going strong,” Van Reet said.
Veeam backs up 2 TB across 400 virtual machines in two data centers to Nutanix.
Van Reet said Veeam is among the IT team’s favorite solutions because
it’s efficient and effective.
“The power of Veeam is knowing backup is fast, secure and reliable,” he said.
“Veeam inspired us from day one because we were finally able to centralize
backup, giving us a comprehensive, real-time view of our data for the first time.
Data is so important to our company, so knowing Veeam protects our data
warehouse lets us sleep at night.”
Van Reet said some of the most important data is generated by Power BI.
It helps the company improve the pre- and post-movie experience for customers.
Veeam also protects the IT systems supporting individual customer experiences
including ticketing, concession sales and website content. And, Veeam provides
advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity planning so the IT team can identify
issues and resolve them before the customer experience—and ultimately
the business—are impacted.
“Veeam sends email reports each morning letting us know our backups completed
successfully,” Van Reet said. “It also helps us predict capacity and trends so we
can avoid downtime that might impact our cinemas. Veeam is the expert
in data protection.”
- Centralizes and simplifies backup to support customer experience
“To maintain our status as an industry leader, we must
continually adopt new innovations that improve the customer experience,”
Van Reet said. “One way we accomplish this goal is by using the best
technologies on the market, and that includes Veeam.”
- Protects the data warehouse providing analytics that guide all
“We’ve been asked what would happen if our data
warehouse wasn’t backed up,” Van Reet said. “That’s the great thing
about Veeam. You always know your systems are backed up and available.”
- Helps resolve IT issues proactively before they escalate and impact
Veeam provides advanced monitoring, reporting and capacity
planning, giving Kinepolis visibility into the backup infrastructure that
wasn’t possible before. The IT team proactively resolves issues before they