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RTO vs. RPO- Key Differences & Recovery Planning

Updated: Aug 14


Any data recovery plan must include Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). Understanding these metrics will help you to know your standings. This detailed guide will help you distinguish between the two. Let's begin by defining RTO briefly.


What is RTO?

RTO stands for Recovery Time Object. It's a metric that indicates how long it should take for your infrastructure to be up and running again. You can also set the maximum downtime for your company using the metrics.

During a disaster, the limit is set to handle, restore, and maintain business continuity. This setting determines when your infrastructure is expected to come back online. For instance, if a company sets the RTO to 3 hours, your infrastructure must maintain and bring everything to be expected. This must be completed within 3 hours of the service disruption alert.

However, RTOs with defined parameters are not achievable due to high-altitude cyber attacks. Nonetheless, some small organizations are good at managing everything, even if their online service is disrupted.

Otherwise, if your company has outsourced its IT services, the RTO is defined by the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The SLA includes the following terms:

  • IT Company Response Time: How quickly the IT Company responds to your support request.

  • Restore Time: The time it takes for your services to be restored.

  • Support Availability: The timeframe during which support is available.

RTO is determined by your business requirements. Therefore, to get a better RTO, you’ll have to spend more money.


What is PRO?

RPO stands for Recovery Point Objective. The amount of data that needs to be recovered in a given amount of time. Using the RPO, you can ensure that your system is running smoothly by recovering files or data that are older than the RPO. The object must also be met if the entire network or a single unit fails. An organization's RPO measures how much data it loses.


RTO VS RPO Disaster Recovery:

RTO and RPO are different in many aspects. For instance, RPO deals with backup frequency, whereas RTO is associated with recovery timeline. However, both are vital in telling you the downtime of your client’s business. RPO refers to the frequency of taking backup. In case of a breach, RPO defines the amount of data that is either lost or is needed to re-enter.

As mentioned earlier, RTO is the amount of downtime a business can handle. A rest of a few seconds can result in thousands of dollars loss. RTO explains answers to questions like, “How long will your system take to recover after a data breach? Or how long will your system be down?


What can damage your RTO?

A disaster can permanently damage the RTO planned by your IT expert. Your system may take more time to recover if a data breach does great damage. Power outages, theft, corrupted hard drives, and servers can damage your RTO. Besides this, cyberattacks and ransomware can also impact the RTO of your systems.


How Salvador Technologies can Help Improving Your RTO?

RTO is not a rule or procedure that can help you in effective disaster recovery. Yet, if you’re willing to improve the RTO, you must conduct regular testing and measurement. You need to perform the following methods to help you test and maintain your Recovery Time Objective:

  • Ensure backups are taken frequently: Salvador Technologies help businesses take regular backups. We help companies maintain their recovery plans in case of disaster.

  • Frequently review and improve recovery plans: Our modern software automatically takes backups and helps improve recovery plans by suggesting successful recovery techniques.

  • Implement the 3-2-1 backup strategy: Our 3-2-1 backup plan is quite effective in cyberattack recovery. We ensure a rapid recovery after a disaster.

Salvador Technologies has the best solutions to deal with ransomware attacks and minimize the Recovery Time Objective by implementing the best solutions. As a result, we have the highest system recovery percentage due to our efficient recovery practices.


Our Solutions:

Most importantly, we have the best tools to do ransomware prevention. Our 3-2-1 backup recovery strategy is effective enough to recover all your precious data with ease. In addition, we offer a disaster recovery plan (DRP) that includes the following three adequate layers of defense:

Air-Gapped Protection: Our hardware-based patented technology isolates the backups and prevents unauthorized access to backup drives.

30 Second Recovery: Our breakthrough Agent Software helps businesses eliminate downtime faster than any other solution in the market.

Backup Visibility: Salvador Technologies has an effective web-based visualizing system that provides continuous single-point monitoring and seamless deployment.

All our solutions are focused on equipping businesses with all-in-one data recovery tools against cyber attacks. Besides this, our innovative recovery software is essential in improving Recovery Time Objective (RTO). All of these solutions are perfectly integrated with your enterprise management system. It ensures timely recovery after a service disruption.

Besides this, we’ve reliable data recovery software that brings unique features to combat power. The features help in resuming critical business processes post cyber-attacks. In a nutshell, our solutions have a prime focus on restoring all changes made during crises and shifting the system back to normal.