Demystifying Cloud Series: Reducing Your Recovery Time Objective

Apr 2013

Demystifying Cloud Series: Reducing Your Recovery Time Objective


As the importance and value of corporate data grows, IT organizations will need to adjust by implementing and managing more sophisticated backup and recovery strategies that meet changing requirements. In the current culture of convenience and instant gratification, organizations must have a comprehensive plan for restoring this data in the event that something goes wrong that provides them with an acceptable recovery time that does not interrupt their business.

TechTarget's defines recovery time objective (RTO) as "the maximum tolerable length of time that a computer, system, network, or application can be down after a failure or disaster occurs".

Before one can set a realistic RTO, there are several factors to consider:

  • Cost of recovery
  • Cost of lost production
  • Amount of data
  • # of employee devices in the workplace
  • Location of data
  • Personnel/resources

Assign a weight to your requirements, the cost and the risk when determining what backup/recovery strategy works for you. A one-size-fits-all approach to data protection is no longer feasible, so backup and recovery strategies must be strategically aligned to business needs in order to balance availability and cost.

Integrating a data protection/recovery solution with virtual disaster recovery (VDR) features allowing instant recoverability of your most mission critical data. Ensuring these features are built into a backup & recovery strategy can reduce your RTO ensuring the business doesn't suffer any unnecessary loss of reputation, credibility or loyalty.

Reducing Your Recovery Time ObjectiveTo introduce you further to reducing RTOs, what to consider when creating a comprehensive data backup and recovery plan and how to reduce risks / costs, Asigra has published a Modern Guide to Optimizing Data Backup and Recovery. Read to learn more.

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