If you’re a football fan, there’s a good chance you know what an RPO is. But when it comes to disaster recovery (DR), this acronym takes on a whole different meaning.
Recovery point objective – RPO, for short – is the maximum amount of time your business can afford to lose data during an incident based on the frequency of your backups. If you don’t know your RPO, you’re going to struggle to successfully recover after a disaster.
However, it’s important to remember that every company is different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Certain applications will be more critical to your organization than others, and you must prioritize which ones hold the most business value. Utilizing tiered backup and recovery can help you get there.
By tiering your applications – Tier 1 for mission critical; Tier 2 for business critical; Tier 3 for important but not greatly affecting revenue – you can categorize them based on the impact they have on your business, and determine which order they should be recovered. This will ensure an efficient and effective recovery that minimizes disruption.
Of course, as your production environment evolves – including the addition or removal of applications, consolidating systems or other major changes to your environment – you should adjust your DR plans to reflect them.
When you add more cloud-based services, for example, the number of external dependencies grows. If unaccounted for, you might neglect additional points of failure that could disrupt multiple services. Consistently conducting a business impact analysis (BIA) can help you discover new and updated application interdependencies. Additionally, don’t overlook the importance of DR testing. This gives you the opportunity to unearth – and resolve – any flaws or gaps in your plan before a disaster hits.
Plenty of NFL and college football teams incorporate RPOs into their offensive scheme. And, when operated correctly, they could be nightmarish for opposing defenses. While this form of RPO is much different than the one linked to DR, there is one similarity: If you don’t account for it, you’ll have a difficult time recovering.