Disaster Recovery Solutions & DRaaS

Disaster Recovery Solutions

It’s a fact: the better quality and more complete your disaster plan is, the less likely you are to ever need it. We design plans with and for you. In addition, we offer complete Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions.

Benefits of Disaster Recovery Planning

In and of itself, the creation of a disaster recovery (DR) plan is a very useful activity, especially if executive management carefully walks through a number of possible scenarios. This broadens leadership’s understanding of the role that IT systems play in keeping the business operational.  Thinking about “what if” is key to crucial for finding the weak spots in your existing technology infrastructure.

As you begin to develop your DR plan, you will become better able to figure out what your business must have in order to keep running, whether that’s a copy of your data stored in a separate location, or a remote “hot site” that includes work space for all your employees and failover-ready versions of all your business applications and data.

Maybe you just need a basic plan that includes nothing more than backups of your data and an idea for how you could access that data using spare hardware. Or maybe you need a fully documented DR plan that includes everything from phone service to office space. When it comes to disaster recovery, we’ve seen it all, and we’d be happy to work with you to develop the plan that’ll best meet your needs.

Disaster Recovery Planning Engagements

All our DR planning engagements begin with an assessment. If the plan is a simple one—meaning its scope is principally backups plus cloud-based services to augment those backups—then the assessment is free.  If the scope is larger, as would be the case with a full-fledged plan that will be presented to a Board of Directors, an insurer, or other similar responsible parties, then the assessment fee will be based on the number of facilities and users included in the plan, as well as the complexity of the IT systems in question.

The scope of DR could include:

  • Backup of servers and data to cloud storage
  • Replication of Servers to parallel hardware at a secondary data center
  • Plan documents outlining scenarios, contacts, resources, and intended actions
  • Hot or cold spare equipment
  • Solutions for voice and fax failover or emergency scenarios
  • Hot office subscription

The recommendations we make always reflect the business’s stated objectives, including Recovery Time Objective (RTO), as well as the exact nature of the services under consideration.

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Disaster Recovery Solutions FAQS

Is it possible to have a Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) that are both under one minute?

Possible, yes. Affordable, no. To achieve those goals could easily cost over a million dollars, and typically only the largest market cap businesses in specific segments would ever consider it.  However, making small changes to your stated can make a huge difference to the price tag. We routinely offer one minute RPO with one hour RTO for a few hundred dollars per terabyte of data per month, for example.

Can you create a DR plan for us that includes only an outline of what we would need? Are we required to purchase the recommended services from CNS?

Yes, we can create a plan for you, no matter what you are or aren’t planning to purchase. However, we do not use a generic plan template. Our plan designs are customized to reflect the issues that are most important to your business. If we can help with services after the plan has been created, that will be a secondary consideration.



What is DRaaS?

It stands for Disaster Recovery as a Service, and it means purchasing a comprehensive solution that a service provider manages and maintains to cover some or all of your disaster recovery needs.

What is the best method for disaster recovery?

The best way to conquer your disaster is with a pre-set multifaceted recovery plan. When you have a solid business continuity plan and a good backup, disaster recovery can be quick and seamless.

What is the difference between backup and recovery?

Backups refer to the actual replication and storage of data, either in the cloud or elsewhere on site. Recovery is the whole set of procedures put into place in case of disaster, utilizing the backups to restore any lost data and get the user back up and running as normal.

What Our Clients Say

I got to know Marc and CNS because he was sent to our Newark operation where in a single visit he identified the problems we were having in our network and fixed everything in a return trip.  I was so impressed I invested in his company!

Anton Schiffenhaus
Chairman of the Board

The CNS team was great. They worked with us tirelessly in the most severe situation we have ever faced. CNS uniquely understood the need in our operation having worked many years with boxmakers. We genuinely could not have gotten back on our feet without them.

Laura Boucher
Chief of Staff

Century Box

It’s not often that your vendors deliver what they promise in the sales process, but CNS has been great. They adhere to the motto, “under promise and over deliver.” Every time we needed them, they were on the spot and stuck with us until the need was met, even when it wasn’t technically their issue to solve.

Steve Olroyd
CIO

Supply One

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