How to Calculate Recovery Time Objectives and Cut Downtime Costs


What is RTO in Disaster Recovery Planning?

Recovery time objective (RTO) refers to the amount of time that a recovery process can take before a business starts incurring serious costs and damages. In other words, it reflects the downtime duration that your organization can tolerate in case of an outage.

RTO is one the key metrics, along with recovery point objective (RPO), used to develop a disaster recovery plan. Establishing RTOs helps you determine the recovery practices and tools you need to restore your data and infrastructure as quickly as possible following a disruption. To ensure an acceptable level of data protection without overspending, you need to develop a DR approach and backup strategy based on your RTO calculations, in addition to other key metrics.

Download the white paper to learn how to correctly calculate your RTO and implement it in backup and recovery workflows created with NAKIVO Backup & Replication.


This white paper covers:

  • What is a recovery time objective (RTO)?
  • Why is RTO important for disaster recovery and business continuity planning?
  • How to establish RTOs for business applications and VMs
  • Measures to follow in case you cannot achieve the established RTO
  • Using NAKIVO Backup & Replication to meet shorter RTOs


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