Recovery Point Objectives

How Do You Measure Business Continuity (Other than by Failure)?

Measuring the effectiveness of business continuity planning and management poses a conceptual problem. If business continuity is all about keeping operations going in adverse circumstances, how do you measure your ‘goodness of keeping operations going’? IT disaster recovery is by comparison an easier case to deal with, thanks to its recovery time and maximum data loss objectives (RTO and RPO). But business continuity is more about ‘always on’. Anything else less than 100% implies failure. What kind of a handle can we get on other business continuity metrics and what use are they? Read more

2015-04-02T11:23:25+11:00By |Business Continuity|

How Can You Best Evaluate a Disaster Recovery Solution?

Figuring out which disaster recovery solution is best for you is likely to involve different criteria. Hard metrics that are typically quoted are RTO (recovery time objective) and RPO (recovery point objective). You’ll often see them used in service level agreements for data recovery for instance. However, while being a good start, these two well-known parameters may not be sufficient. For example, to recover just one crucial piece of data, you may need to recover all of your data, which may be a long time indeed. Additional metrics may therefore provide a more accurate picture of whether or not a solution will suit you or your organisation. Read more

2014-07-21T10:58:24+10:00By |Disaster Recovery|

BCOE-300 – A Positive Business Impact for Business Continuity

DRI International’s one day course BCOE-300 is designed to teach participants the reasons why business impact analysis should be done and the value of doing it. The course content is broadly applicable to all parts of an organisation or enterprise, even if attendees may have a job role that focuses on business continuity. The key elements such as critical business processes, recovery time objectives (RTO), recovery point objectives (RPO), interdependencies, vital records and acceptable exposure are all presented and discussed. However, if you’re thinking of sending staff on this course, there’s an additional aspect that might well interest you too. Read more