Do You Know What Your RPO & RTO Are? It’s Important You Do

Two vital elements of a thorough disaster recovery plan are RTO and RPO. At first glance, these two metrics might have you saying “It’s all French to me!” However, by the end of this article, you’ll have a better understanding of what RTO and RPO are – and why they’re crucial to your business.

Disaster Recovery, Data Loss and Business Survival

During the pandemic, the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, famously said that we’ve witnessed two years of digital transformation in two months. This statement rings true across businesses and sectors.

Today, every company is a digital company. That’s because every business depends on data and IT to operate, serve customers and improve the bottom line.

If you lose your data, you could lose your whole business. At the same time, disruption is a part of business life. A disaster could strike at any point. A ransomware attack could spread through your systems. A hurricane could knock out your power supply or a flood could damage critical IT resources.

In line with this, almost three-quarters of companies have experienced data loss in the last few years, and 52% could not recover all of their data after a disruption.

These incidents come at a cost, too. Research indicates that an unplanned IT outage costs a minimum of $926 per minute and a maximum of up to $17,244 per minute.

With so much at stake from downtime, businesses need to be proactive. While it can be challenging to predict when a disaster will strike, you can prepare for it and ensure you minimize the potential of data loss.

This is where disaster recovery planning, RTO and RPO come into play. Let’s explore how these correlate below.

Recovery Point Objective

Your recovery point objective is a metric used to calculate how much data loss your business can handle. For example, if your business went offline and you could salvage or re-create all the data you lost within five hours, then five hours would be your RPO.

Knowing your RPO is critical because it informs your backup strategy; how frequently you backup critical data. Ideally, you should use a cloud back-up provider to ensure that data remains safe if a disaster strikes your on-premises location. 

When calculating your RPO, we advise thinking about your storage requirements and capacities. The more data you store, and the longer you store it, the more your cloud storage costs will be.

We can assist you with optimizing your cloud backup strategy to ensure you’re well-prepared for a disaster while also being cost-efficient. 

Recovery Time Objective

Recovery time objective is a metric that is used to determine the ideal amount of time in which your IT systems will be back online after an unplanned incident. Of course, every business wants to be online ASAP after a disaster, but you need to balance ambition with realism when calculating this figure.

To determine your RTO, you’ll need to look at a few factors: the security solutions you have in place, how reliant you are on IT systems and your backup and recovery solutions.

You can improve your RTO by having a robust disaster and recovery strategy, along with the right technologies in place to minimize disruption. Not all backup solutions are created equal – so look for one that enables a swift recovery.

Once you’ve determined your RTO, you need to test it regularly to ensure that the metric matches your real-time capabilities. We advise testing your RTO at least annually – preferably bi-annually.

Tips and Tricks For A Faster Recovery From Disruption

RPO and RTO are two huge parts of disaster recovery – but there are some other factors to consider that can help you with weathering a disruption, including:

Automate Backups For Critical Data

Manually backing up data is a risky game. In the busy work environment, it’s easy to forget to backup crucial files. To that end, we advise that you automate your backups using a cloud software solution.

Get Help From The Experts Ahead Of Time
Don’t wait until it’s too late to get help from an IT expert. Use their expertise to create a robust disaster recovery strategy ahead of time. A good outsourced IT provider can even manage the disaster recovery process for you.

Test, Test and Test again!

It’s vital not to let your disaster recovery plan gather dust. You need to test it to ensure that it fulfills your needs in the event of a disaster.

Don’t Let Disaster Hurt Your Bottom Line. Start Your Disaster Recovery Journey Today!

Don’t leave your critical data at risk of loss. We can help you with smart disaster recovery strategies and backup solutions that keep you covered no matter what.

We’re here and ready to talk about disaster recovery with you! Reach out at 520-355-7553 or through our website.