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Recovery time objective (RTO) is defined as the maximum amount of time an organization has to recover from a disaster event or downtime before it causes a break in business continuity that has significant repercussions for the organization and its end users. Put simply, this is the allotted time frame that the organization has to recover from the event before things get noticeably bad for end users.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, IT teams are constantly under pressure to lower their RTO to protect the organization and its users in the event of a disruption.
With a low RTO, you can ensure minimal perceivable disruption of business operations for your internal operations and customers — or no disruptions at all. Revenue is also at stake. Each second that passes while your systems are down and waiting to recover is lost revenue. RTO has a direct correlation to less revenue loss.
Here are two distinct ways you can use cloud backup-as-a-service to effectively bolster your RTO and ensure business continuity during any type of disruption.
In the event of lost or compromised data, the speed at which you can restore the data is the centerpiece of your RTO. Although full backup image restore is an option for data recovery, this can result in long delays and extended downtime as you wait for each file to be restored, regardless of its mission-critical importance.
Granular file recovery is the superior alternative to full backup image restore because it allows you to perform both file and image-based level recovery from a single pass backup operation. This type of recovery allows the user to identify and prioritize certain mission-critical data and workloads to speed up recovery time and ensure business continuity, instead of waiting for the entire instance to be restored — drastically improving RTO.
Flexible recovery is somewhat related to granular recovery. With flexible recovery, you can recover to any account in any region. This means that if one account or region is down, you can recover to another account or region that has not been compromised and quickly resume operating, which can certainly help in optimizing RTO.
Disaster recovery planning is essential for enterprises looking to ensure business continuity during malicious attacks and unplanned disruptions to internal infrastructure. Creating an optimized (i.e. lowered) RTO is a vital component to protecting your enterprise and end users.
Built natively in the cloud, Clumio’s industry-leading rapid recovery capabilities leverage granular recovery, incremental forever backup, and flexible recovery to equip today’s enterprises with fast and efficient data restores that can refine RTO and maintain business continuity during any type of disaster event.
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