Is MTPD in Disaster Recovery as Simple as It Sounds?

MTPD, just to remind you, stands for Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption. It’s a metric that gets less publicity than RTO (recovery time objective) and RPO (recovery time objective) and there is a reason, if not an excuse, for that. Definitions for MTPD usually sound simple: for example, “The maximum time an activity or resource can be unavailable before irreparable harm is caused to the organization.” The more complicated part is in the measurement of MTPD. Gauging irreversible damage in terms of job security of employees, legal liabilities, reputation and/or shareholder value is as much an art as a science. Furthermore, that simple definition may also be hiding more than meets the eye. Read more