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99% will get this wrong

99% will get this wrong
Cassandra Ball | 10-10-18

Do you know the difference between BCP, DRP, RTO & RPO?

While most of the time at Qbit we try to keep IT jargon to a minimum, when it comes to this subject it’s important that the key people in every business know what to expect from their current backup solution. They need to take this information and fit it into their Business Continuity Plan and ensure that it meets their expectation. 

It starts with a Business Continuity Review

The aim of a Business Continuity review is to develop an understanding of how your business can prepare for, and continue to operate after any incident, no matter how minor or major.

A business continuity review will help your company:

  • understand how robust your current systems are to failure
    • Are they highly available, do they automatically failover?
    • Do your systems have redundancy (dual power supplies, redundant storage)
  • identify business continuity risks.
    • cost in lost staff productivity per hour
    • cost in terms of lost good will
    • cost in terms of lost opportunity
  • identify critical systems that need the most protection
  • identify how quickly systems need to be recovered (RTO)
  • identify how recent the recovered data must be (RPO)
  • by suggesting how to reduce identified risks
  • by suggesting disaster recovery systems that are in line with the level of risk you are comfortable with
  • by providing input for an appropriate disaster recovery and business continuity plan.


Do you know the difference between BCP, DRP, RTO & RPO?

Business Continuity Plan (BCP) 

Is an essential part of an organisation's disaster response planning. It sets out how the business will operate following disruption and how it expects to return to 'business as usual' in the quickest possible time afterwards. Your disaster recovery plan is part of this as well as many non-IT related issues.

Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)

Is a document that outlines how your business will recover from any ICT failure.   It will cover when, how and where your services will be recovered to after a disaster and how your employees will become productive again if your building is uninhabitable. This is a basic plan for your business. 

Recovery Time Objective (RTO)

Is the time in which services must be restored to avoid significant financial and reputational loss. It is useful to work out the loss of income per hour to your business before you set this time. 

Recovery Point Objective (RPO)

Is the amount of data that your business will lose if there is a disaster. The RPO can be different depending on if the recovery can be instigated from on-site backups or if it has to rely on off-site backups or Archives. It is also useful to work out the cost of recreating that data if possible before you set this time. 


This is a system that keeps all changes to files and databases that are selected. The retention period is typically set to 12 months or more. While all data selected is recoverable, it can be a slow process to recover a whole server. 



Backups and test restores are Qbit’s most important role in your business. We pride ourselves in ensuring that your data is recoverable in the event of a disaster. 

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