Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution. When do you need it?

Companies, big and small, that heavily rely on IT, know very well that backup is not a luxury but a requirement. Whether it is your internal documents, or customer-facing marketing information, or fast-changing transactional data – it needs to be protected. Losing data is a disaster by itself, and can cause even more disastrous consequences if it is not restored in reasonable time.

How One MSP Maps Disaster Recovery for Its Customers

IT professionals know how important data backup is, but that doesn’t mean they always protect company data across cloud, virtual or other technologies that likely exist in their business. There's just more data to contend with, spread across more devices and environments. That complexity is especially pronounced for managed service providers (MSPs) that need to tailor solutions to clients with varied environments and data challenges.

BCP to MPTOD: The Data Backup Acronyms You Need to Know Now

As if IT leaders didn't have enough to worry about. On top of protecting corporate data 24/7, they've got a head-spinning array of acronyms to master — and knowing that a strong BCP can minimize RTO and RPO is just the beginning.

Fear not. This cheat sheet of key data backup acronyms will provide any harried IT leader with the language mastery he needs to succeed that no Webster's Dictionary ever could.

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What RPO Really Means

In a backup world, Recovery Point Objective (RPO) defines points you can recover to. For example, doing hourly backups will ensure that you can always recover to a state that is no later than an hour before a disaster. This is usually referred to as “one hour RPO.” But this is not enough. What if you need a file that was deleted a month ago? One-hour-old backup will not help: You need at least a month-old backup, or a year-old backup.

Rule #1: RPO should not only define the latest point you can recover to, but also a set of older points to which recovery is possible. 

At the same time, keeping all backups forever is usually not a feasible option. With hourly backups, you would end up having about 8,760 recovery points every year, which becomes unmanageable very soon. It is not possible to keep all the recovery points and some will need to be deleted. However, simply