IT Best Practices.
How the right cloud platform can reduce your RTO and RPO
CloudKeySM is multi-site replicated and liveworkload-ready to ensure your key recovery metrics are met
For every business, KPI is an essential way to measure how the business is doing. For most, it includes some form of turn-around time (TAT) on deliverables. Whenever this metric is interrupted, it can be seen as highly detrimental to the business, considering its importance. Every effort can be made to keep KPIs where the organization needs them, but what is worse is when there is interference that comes from the outside.
This is often the case when working with an outside resource like the hyperscale providers to provide and manage your operation’s cloud platform.
The Bloated Form of Hyperscale Providers
For most of the hyperscale providers, their size has become an issue in and of itself. It can be difficult to manage such large operations, and so things begin to slip through the cracks, which ultimately affects the companies that are relying on their services to keep their networks running.
AWS had numerous outages in the last month of 2022, and that’s just a continuation of the unreliability of their services. Crashes for AWS happen on nearly a weekly basis, and it doesn’t seem like there is any effort made regarding further insulation from these issues. It’s more cost-effective for them to spend their time and effort on further customer acquisition than to worry about customer retention by finding solutions.
Azure, Google, and AWS share a similar fault. They’ve become so large that their systems can be difficult to maintain and begin to create unpredictable issues. These issues don’t affect just their business, though; they affect the businesses that run on their cloud platform and rely on their services to stay running.
RPO and RTO
Interruptions to productivity are never fun. An event occurs and the downtime now becomes the issue your company is tackling, instead of its business objectives. For these instances, every company has an acceptable level of data loss they can allow before things become detrimental. This is where the Recovery Point Objective, or RPO, comes into play.
RPO is a measurement that exists to help with a disaster recovery plan by setting the parameters around a disruptive event. The acceptable amount of data loss that can occur from the point of incident to the point of the last backup is the RPO’s measurement and helps a company determine its tolerance levels.
For the other part, Recovery Time Objective, or RTO, the measurement exists to specifically state how much time an application, system, or process can be down before it becomes detrimental. This also measures the amount of time it takes to restore the system and recover data back to normal operations.
Both measurements are essential when taking a realistic look at how to handle one’s own data and taking action against downtime occurrences. These disaster events can come in all shapes and sizes, from floods or tornadoes, to targeted attacks on a network. It’s important to have a disaster recovery plan and to understand what the parameters are for RPO and RTO.
Backup and Replication
There are significant steps that can be taken to help reduce RPO and RTO in order to minimize potential data loss. One step is ensuring there are frequent backups. With more frequent backups, the amount of potential loss is minimized, giving you more freedom when dealing with restoration. Additionally, replication of data ensures that you have a copy to fall back on should an incident occur.
For customers using CloudKeySM, these actions become less guesswork for a company as these steps have already been taken. CloudKeySM is multi-site ready from day one, to ensure that the customer’s data is available and live-workload-ready when an issue arises. The multi-site replication also cuts down a maximum amount of RPO and RTO, giving customers ultimate peace of mind that they won’t be suffering an outage that could cause potential damage to operations.
Many customers don’t have the funds to afford the replication offered by hyperscale providers, as those providers only offer their replication services at a premium charge. CloudKeySM is built with replication already in place from the beginning. Explore our pricing options and see how you can start saving today.