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Closing the Delta Between RTO and RTC

Written by  Robby J. Bryant & Hiram Barbosa

The ability to recover critical systems in a timely manner during an event is the cornerstone of any effective disaster recovery program. All too often large and small organizations fail to recover their critical infrastructure and applications because of the inability to recognize the variance between the time they would like to recover, known as the recovery time objective (RTO), and the time they can actually recover, or the recovery time capability (RTC). This recovery variance, or “delta,” may be attributed to several factors including policies and standards, outdated technology, unrealistic business needs, operational issues, and management issues. The presence of any or all of these factors will prevent your disaster recovery program from achieving the desired recovery outcomes. Using your BIA to align RTO values between the Business and ITA business impact analysis (BIA) should be the logical step when seeking to identify business processes and the effect