Have you ever noticed that the places advertised as “Paradise” are also many times the target of large natural disasters? We in Florida are constantly tracking hurricanes. Some of the most beautiful skiing resorts are concerned with major snow storms and avalanches. Just like these communities, a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery plan is mandatory for your business.
Two key factors as you design this plan is RTO and RPO. Your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is basically the amount of time you can be without the down system or data. Your RPO (Recovery Point Objective) is just as important as it represents the closest point where you have good data, i.e. 15 minutes ago, one hour, one day, one week… Your decision on RTO’s and RPO’s for the different systems in your environment will guide the development of your plan.