Your Recovery Point Objective Is Only Half the Problem

by | Jun 3, 2014 | Business Continuity

Does Your Business Have a Clearly Defined Recovery Point Objective?

Since so many businesses are dependent on computers — their hardware, operating systems, applications and data files — business continuity plans nowadays are mostly about how often to back up. The period between backups is the amount of time where new data a business generates is vulnerable to loss. Determining Recovery Point Objective (RPO) Say you back up everything on your system once each day at 5 p.m. If something goes wrong before the close of business backup, you have lost everything after the previous day’s back up. If your continuity planning deems that loss of a full day’s data entry is acceptable, then your recovery point objective (RPO) is 24 hours. How RTO factors in But Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is only half of the picture. There is another important objective in disaster recovery and it’s known as the recovery time objective (RTO). It is how long it will take to restore your data. Even if your data is backed up, you cannot function until everything is back to normal. The encyclopedia puts it this way:

“The RTO is a function of the extent to which the interruption disrupts normal operations and the amount of revenue lost per unit time as a result of the disaster. These factors in turn depend on the affected equipment and application(s). An RTO…is an important consideration in disaster recovery planning (DRP).”

Both are crucial So RPO and RTO when applied to disaster recovery are measurements, each with a distinct purpose. Think of RPO as how much data and RTO as how long to put everything back, minus the data loss. They do have a common purpose in that they are crucial for assessing the impact of computer downtime. The Datto Backup solution Datto Backup solutions are our answer to eliminating downtime that can cost you money. In fact, SIRIS 2 has the most aggressive RPO in the enterprise backup business as well as a superior RTO. The product is scalable, and you only need to intelligently answer two questions: How much data are you willing to lose, and how much time can your business afford to be down? If both the answers involve very limited amounts, contact us

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.