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Understanding RTO (Recovery time objectives)

By: Danny Poull, V.P. Network Operations Center
Running business continuity and disaster recovery scenarios and exercises are nothing new to the CIO. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with these exercises, and one should break it down and take it one step at a time. Following this rough guideline below, you will be able to run the exercise for your own company, and also get you the data to support your conversation with management.  At the end of the day, you need to be to realistic with management, so they understand the risk and recovery before an emergency and not after.
The first place you want to start is with RTO (Recovery Time Objective). The best way to figure this out, is to break down IT by application or system. For example, one organization might have Office365 for email, a Fileshare with Quickbooks, a CRM for sales, and a SQL application for production/operations. You need to look at the items individually.
Application RTO Office365/Email 1 hour Voice /Phones/ Call Center 1 Day …
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