Recovery time and point objective of 15 minutes 'sufficient'

Most business-critical applications can live with RTPO of up to four hours, says Veeam

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Recovery time and point objective of 15 minutes 'sufficient' Petersen: Keeping the data centre always on is becoming more and more important
By  Tom Paye Published  September 3, 2014

A recovery time and point objective (RTPO) in the event of a data centre outage of under 15 minutes is more than sufficient for most enterprises, according to Gregg Petersen, regional director for the Middle East and SAARC at Veeam.

Speaking at a roundtable conference taking place in Dubai today, Petersen said that this would be true for the majority of enterprise applications. He explained that most businesses would expect an RTPO of under four hours for business-critical applications, and for other applications, an RTPO of 24 to 48 hours would suffice for most enterprises.

"People can survive," he said. "I would say that, for 96% to 97% of all applications, an RTPO of less than 15 minutes is way more than sufficient."

Veeam specialises in backup and recovery solutions for virtualised environments, or what the vendor terms the ‘modern data centre'. In these environments, Petersen said that the vendor could help to achieve the ‘always-on' demands that users are placing on enterprise infrastructures.

"It's no longer bound to working hours - it's the always-available data centre. That puts pressure on the IT team, so wherever our Exchange is sitting, wherever our SharePoint is, or any of that other stuff is sitting, keeping the data centre always on is becoming more and more important," he said.

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"Not only that, the service level expectations for customers have increased. No longer is hours or days acceptable in the world of IT. Virtualisation promises us minutes, if not seconds."

This means that, in the event of an outage, enterprises have to pay close attention to the recovery time objective, Petersen said. Unfortunately, he explained, this is a challenge due to the vast amount of data that enterprises are expected to handle, and the budgetary constraints that CIOs are facing.

"People are looking to bridge this gap and find this happy medium of not being able to afford millions of dollars, but still meeting this RTO expectation of less than 15 minutes," he said.

Petersen claimed that the Veeam Availability Suite could deliver on this demanding RTO expectation, as well as meet budgetary constraints.

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