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FirstServ Ltd

Disaster Recovery as a Service

FirstServ’s DRaaS is a fully managed, Disaster Recovery (DR) service which leverages the power of our enterprise Cloud platform. An entire replica of your FirstServ server estate is hosted in, and real-time replicated to, our like-for-like enterprise DRaaS environment in our Birmingham Datacentre facility.


  • Off-site Deployment
  • Resource Reservation
  • Scalable Resource
  • Workload Protection
  • DR Plan & Test
  • Protect entire solution or only key servers
  • Realtime Live Replication
  • 100% Transparent service
  • 100% Guaranteed recovery
  • No loss of Data or orders


  • Your data is protected in geographically diverse locations
  • Reservation of Disk, CPU and Memory capacity
  • Ability to scale in line with your business demands
  • Protect as many virtual machines as your resources allow
  • Schedule DR invocation tests
  • Customisable RTO and RPO options available
  • With solutions available from just £99 a month


£85 a virtual machine a month

  • Education pricing available
  • Free trial available

Service documents

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Service ID

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FirstServ Ltd Sebastian Tyc
Telephone: 02030539704

Service scope

Service constraints
All planned maintenance is covered by a mandatory 5 day notice period. We reserve the right to conduct unplanned emergency maintenance where necessary, but will always make reasonable efforts to inform impacted customers before work commences. Support is limited to services, hardware and applications provided by FirstServ and does not extend into the customer's application stack.
System requirements
  • Proof of license ownership for customer-provided Microsoft licenses
  • Customers must adhere to fair use policy and ToS

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Our service desk operates 24/7/365 and is available at weekends.Tickets raised into our service desk are triaged within 15 minutes. They are then dealt with in line with their priority level in line with our service promise and the Service Level Agreements (SLAs) put in place for that contract.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Online ticketing support accessibility
None or don’t know
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Onsite support
Onsite support
Support levels
Our friendly support team are available 24/7 to monitor, advise and make requested changes to your infrastructure. We measure all response times via the myFirstServ support ticket system to ensure we deliver a fast and effective service that is second to none.
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
We offer services to enable seamless on-boarding and collaborate to design a bespoke solution to meet your requirements.

We also provide online assistance to all customers - KnowledgeBase a collection of commonly asked questions and their answers. The myFirstServ client area offers the user the choice of browsing through the articles in our KnowledgeBase by category, popular tags or searching based on keywords they enter.
Service documentation
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction
Upon termination of the Agreement, for whatever reason, the Customer should: Cease to use the Services and any Software, - Backup of all Customer's data, - Erase any Software from the Customer’s systems and confirm to FirstServ that it has done so.
End-of-contract process
At the end-of-contract agreement FirstServ shall be entitled immediately to block your Cloud Server and to remove all data located on it. FirstServ will hold such data for a period of thirty days and allow The Client to collect it at its own expense, failing which we shall be entitled to delete all such data. At the Client’s request, FirstServ will copy such data to standard USB Pen Drive and make this available for The Client to collect after seven days following termination of the agreement at no cost to The Client. However, FirstServ make no guarantees or warranties with regards to the integrity of all such data.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Command line interface


Scaling available
Scaling type
Independence of resources
In order to guarantee that users are not affected by the demands from other users, we use resource reservations and shares such as internet bandwidth shaping. In addition, the capacity planning team ensure that usage in terms of all resources are constantly monitored and increased accordingly relating to user demand.
Usage notifications
Usage reporting


Infrastructure or application metrics


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Conforms to BS7858:2019
Government security clearance
Up to Security Clearance (SC)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Penetration testing approach
‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with CSA CCM v3.0
  • Other
Other data at rest protection approach
Customers are encouraged to protect their own data using encryption technologies where only they have the decryption key. In this way, our customers are assured that their data can never be accessed by a third party.
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Hardware containing data is completely destroyed
Equipment disposal approach
Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
What’s backed up
  • Replicate virtual machines and associated data stored on customer sites
  • Data is stored within FirstServ as a journal
  • Deploy a VM from a previous specific point in time
Backup controls
Customers have complete control of which VMs are protected via the self-service Zerto portal
Datacentre setup
Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
Scheduling backups
Users contact the support team to schedule backups
Backup recovery
Users contact the support team

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)
  • Other
Other protection between networks
We offer the choice of connecting:
Via the internet using additional encryption such as TLS 1.2
IPSec VPN tunnels
Via private networks such as leased lines or MPLS
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
Network availability - 100%
Infrastructure availability - 99.99%
Availability is based on the total number of operating hours of a given calendar month and excludes planned and emergency maintenance.
Service credits of up to 25% of the standard monthly support fee are payable for any month where the availability SLA is not met.
Approach to resilience
Information included in FirstServ Physical and environmental security policy and it's available on request.
Outage reporting
A public status page is available on the MyFirstServ website, which shows live status of our core network and infrastructure along with details of any incidents. Customer notifications are managed via our ticketing system accessible via MyFirstServ.

Identity and authentication

User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Each user can have policy-driven profiles applied to govern their level of access.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Devices users manage the service through
  • Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)
  • Dedicated device over multiple services or networks
  • Any device but through a bastion host (a bastion host is a server that provides access to a private network from an external network such as the internet)

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
Centre for Assessment
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
All processes are covered
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Who accredited the PCI DSS certification
FIS Global
PCI DSS accreditation date
What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover
Cyber essentials
Cyber essentials plus
Other security certifications

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes
FirstServ subscribe to and actively embrace ISO 27001. Our internal auditing process and the annual external audits ensure that the policies are being followed. Any breach of our information security policy is logged and escalated to the information security officer for a full and thorough review.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Configuration and change management approach
Change management system operational which documents all changes, responsible parties, time of change and senior-level sign off. All changes pass through a Change Advisory Board (CAB).
Vulnerability management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach
Vulnerability scan run once per month and critical vulnerabilities patched within 7 days. Additional vulnerability scan run after any significant change implementation.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
Internally designed and developed threat monitoring system is run on all infrastructure.
Incident management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach
ISO27001-complaint processes and systems for incident response are operational.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Separation between users

Virtualisation technology used to keep applications and users sharing the same infrastructure apart

Energy efficiency

Energy-efficient datacentres
Description of energy efficient datacentres
FirstServ's Green Hosting has several components, including energy reduction, renewable energy sources, carbon offsets and recycling.
Our datacenters provider accepted to be part of the 2016 EU Code of Conduct for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres. We worked with IT sustainability consultancy Carbon3IT to review all of their UK data centres for energy efficiency best practices and their alignment with the EU Code of Conduct. The review revealed that their data centres were already functioning in line with these standards.

Social Value

Fighting climate change

Fighting climate change

Firstserv takes its responsibilities towards the environment seriously, and we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. We are pursuing green hosting policies, which in turn helps our customers to be greener themselves. Firstserv's Green Hosting has several components, including energy reduction, renewable energy sources, carbon offsets and recycling.
Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

At FirstServ we believe in encouraging and fostering Equal Opportunities and Diversity to ensure that all job applicants, employees, suppliers and clients of the Company receive equal treatment regardless of race, colour, age, ethnic or national origins, religious beliefs, sex, trans-gender, sexual orientation, marital status, civil partnership status and disability. We also want to ensure that equality and diversity is integral to all our activities taking into account every stage of our work.


£85 a virtual machine a month
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available
Description of free trial
Free trials are available to both new and existing customers for products that haven't previously purchased or trialed. Free trials are excluded from any SLA credits and are limited to 30 days’ based on a fair usage policy.

Service documents

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