Imagine, you have just arrived at the office to find that your entire network has gone offline. You have no access to your data or your email and what’s worse is you have no idea how long it will take to resolve the problem.

You have some data backed up to an external hard drive but you soon find out that this is not helpful and doesn’t contain the latest files from the past week because your backup stopped working without letting you know. You later find out that your server is the root of the problem. It has stopped working. Your IT tells you that you need a new server which will cost your business thousands and, it could take days to restore your systems back to fully working order. As each hour goes by you’re losing money and more importantly the ability to engage with your clients and support your employees.

Sounds like a disaster doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t need to be this way.

You may have experienced something like this in the past and wish you had done something about it before the problem reared its ugly head. The problem is that in most cases it’s not an issue until it’s an issue and that’s why you could be risking everything you’ve worked so hard to build.

You don’t keep your hard-earned money in a tin box under the bed, you keep it in a secure purpose-built bank. Data should also be thought of in the same way. Disaster Recovery is the answer…

What is Disaster Recovery?

Disaster Recovery is often confused with back-up but there is a world of difference. In a nut-shell, back-up protects data (files such as .word .excel .jpeg etc) whereas the role of Disaster Recovery is to restore not only your files but your whole IT infrastructure.

How long would it take for you to rebuild your entire IT infrastructure? A well-planned Disaster Recovery position could reduce this time from days to hours, saving your business money and preserving credibility in the process.

System crashes, viruses, theft and hardware failures are happening every day. Are you confident your business could recover quickly from a disaster?

  • Do you have a Disaster Recovery plan as well as data back-up?
  • Is the right data being backed up?
  • Is your data stored off-site securely?
  • Is your data regularly tested and could it be restored successfully?
  • Is your backup full server-image and not just your user files?
  • If you have multiple backup devices, are they in sync?
Disaster Recovery enables you to:
Plan Ahead

Our Disaster Recovery solution solves your system failure issues. Our clients can recover their virtualised data, applications and environments in hours to meet pre-planned Recovery Time Objectives.

Improve Recovery Times

Your recovery time will improve from days to hours because we back up your entire sever. Our solution also provides peace of mind to clients who virtualise Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and SQL because they can recover individual items in minutes.

Meet UK Data Sovereignty Requirements

Our Private Cloud meets strict UK data compliance. This means you can be assured that, when storing your data in the CIS Private Cloud, it will stay in the UK.

Why you should make this a priority

The only thing harder than planning for an emergency is explaining why you didn’t. Business continuity should be a priority for every business owner. Because most of your data is transmitted and stored digitally, the importance of creating an IT disaster plan is crucial.

Disaster Recovery Combats Ransomware too

Ransomware has a number of variants including CryptoLocker, Locky and CryptoWall. These malicious pieces of malware target and encrypt your data so you cannot access it unless a payment is made to the malware operator.  If you don’t have a business continuity plan in place then you could spend weeks recovering your data from a ransomware attack. How much down-time can you really afford?

Summary of Disaster Recovery
  • It reduces the down-time of your business.
  • It improves the restoration time of your business to hours not days.
  • It safe-guards your client data from human error, hardware failure and natural disasters like floods or power outages caused by storms.

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Client Feedback

We are delighted to be working with CIS, the project is already looking well organised and innovative. CIS delivers a prompt professional service with trusted knowledge we can rely on at all times.

John Story, Head of IT

St Paul’s Cathedral

CIS have been our go-to IT supplier for nearly 20 years, and throughout that time they have been flexible, consultative, and above all putting our business at the forefront of their advice. I would be very pleased to recommend them for any company that needs to have a real partnership with their IT company.

Graham Hughes, Managing Director

Rovema UK Ltd


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CIS Overview



  • CIS Private Cloud
  • Infrastructure as a Service
  • Backup & Disaster Recovery
  • Remote Desktop Services


  • Anti-Virus & Ransomware
  • Extensive Encryption
  • Firewall & Next-Gen UTM
  • Penetration Testing
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Phishing
  • Mobile Device Management


  • Exchange Server Hosted & On Prem
  • Mail365
  • Unified Communications
  • Office 365
  • Mobile & VoIP Telephony
  • Internet Connectivity


  • Consultancy
  • Analysis & Audit Services
  • User Training & Enablement
  • Fully Managed Support


Since its inception in 1989 CIS’ philosophy has always been the same. We believe that in order for our team mates to provide the best possible service to our clients and to remain motivated and inspired themselves, we have to create a positive and stimulating working environment. One that encourages ambition, a continued exchange of ideas and dialogue, hard work, performance and loyalty. We have always rewarded our staff for going the extra mile and for embracing our company ethos but we also aim to make their working experience enjoyable and fun, working on the basis that humour can go a long way and fairness and respect are paramount.



Even though we say this ourselves, our portfolio is first class. We offer a range and quality of Cloud Services that can cater for all our customers’ business goals and aspirations. It’s our job to find the perfect solution for your requirements and you’ll benefit from the research and development carried out by our team to find the ideal system solutions for you.



Partners are vital to the ongoing success of our company so we nurture our award-winning network of like-minded organisations, building up mutual trust and respect in our working practices that can only benefit our customers.



It has always been of key importance to CIS to achieve high levels of productivity and to ensure that we remain s highly effective, lean and fast-moving organisation. It allows us to keep ahead of the game and to spot and act upon new products and trends whenever possible. By keeping on our toes, we can pass on benefits to our clients and partners without the need for time consuming learning curves.