What Is RPO?

The Importance of Recovery Point Objective in Your Business Continuity Plan
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Business continuity plans are essential in today’s risk-filled environment, where malicious threats like malware and ransomware are rampant. It is crucial for enterprises to ensure that operations remain functional in the event of significant disruption, and mitigate impact to critical databases and applications while minimizing recovery time. One vital aspect of ensuring business continuity is having a Recovery Point Objective (RPO).

What is Recovery Point Objective (RPO)?

RPO is defined as the allowable period of time that can elapse during a disaster event until the amount of data lost surpasses the maximum threshold identified in an enterprise’s business continuity plan.

Put simply, this is the acceptable amount of data that can be lost before the disaster event causes severe disruptions to business operations, end users, and customers.

What are the Differences between RTO and RPO?

While RPO and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) are both essential components of a business continuity plan, they serve different purposes in recovery:

  • RPO focuses on an enterprise’s resilience to data loss.
  • RTO concerns the entirety of the enterprise’s business operations and applications. It is defined as the maximum period of time an enterprise can function during downtime caused by a disaster event before operations are significantly hindered—or taken offline entirely.

How to Calculate RPO

There are several factors involved in determining what an enterprise’s RPO should be — and the complexity increases when the infrastructure includes multiple applications and systems.

While every enterprise’s RPO is unique, consider these factors when calculating a precise recovery point:

  • The highest amount of data loss the enterprise can withstand while still maintaining mission-critical functionality
  • Estimated costs stemming from the data loss and any services that are taken offline or unavailable because of the loss
  • The cost of the recovery solution software the enterprise is using
  • The requirements spelled out in any service level agreements (SLAs)
  • The impact on end users and customers
  • Industry and vertical-specific needs

These factors can aid an enterprise in identifying the specific amount of data loss that is both acceptable for remaining operational and within its allotted budget for backing up the data itself. This also prepares for the next step of pinpointing exactly how often enterprise data should be backed up, resulting in a concrete RPO.

Meet or Exceed RPOs with Clumio

Data loss is not only costly, but it can also potentially spark a domino effect that causes business operations to come to a standstill, reaching all the way to your customers—which will create negative publicity with implications lasting long after the event has passed.

Having a viable RPO in place for your enterprise is paramount to ensuring business continuity during any type of disruption or downtime.

Clumio’s cloud-native backup-as-a-service ensures that applications are backed up at the right frequency to meet both recovery SLAs and compliance requirements. The platform’s intuitive interface also provides enhanced reporting and better visibility into the current and historical status of your enterprise’s AWS backups. This allows you to easily identify the suitable number of backups needed to meet RPOs without excessive costs from unneeded backups creation and storage.

Schedule a demo and learn how your business can get started with Clumio in under 15 minutes—with no new infrastructure, software, or pre-planning required.

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