Azure Backup Recovery Point Objective / Recovery Time Objective

Hello Experts,

I’m in the process of setting up our backup policy with Azure. I’m using Azure Recovery Services Vault. I have setup our retention (Recovery Point Objective) policies without any problem,  see image. However, I’m not sure what I need to do to configure our RTO.
Can someone let me know where to configure our RTO?


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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
You don't really configure RTO. RTO is how much time you can tolerate in the event of a disaster. So if your RTO is 1 day, then you need to implement a solution where you're able to restore services within 1 day.

Also the retention policy is not your RPO, it is what allows you to achieve your RPO.

You should run a test restore to see if the recovery process will meet your RTO.
Member_2_7966113Author Commented:
Ahhhhhhh.... that has cleared things up for me.

However, can you elaborate on:

the retention policy is not your RPO, it is what allows you to achieve your RPO
Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
Sure. The Recover Point Objective is what the business requires. So you would then need to implement a solution to achieve what the business dictates it needs (and what IT best practices say as the business is sometimes clueless on RPO). The retention policy for Recovery Services Vaults is how you would meet the business's RPO.

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Member_2_7966113Author Commented:

Thank Jeremy
Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
Glad to help. :)
Member_2_7966113Author Commented:

So looking at the attached, would the best RTO that could be achieved be one day?

Member_2_7966113Author Commented:
Excellent help
Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
The RTO, regardless of the recovery points you have, is the target of how fast you can get back up and running.

Let's say you have an RTO of 1 hour. If you can successfully get your system(s) up and running within 1 hour, regardless if you're restoring from an hour ago or a week ago, you have met the the RTO.

Does that make sense?
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