Disaster recovery
BackupsTime to recoverRisk exposureThe Disaster


The time between backups will define how big your risk of data loss is in the event of a disaster.

If you are backing up once a day, you risk losing up to 24 hours of worth of updated data in the event of a disaster.

This data loss risk is expressed in hours and called the Recovery Point Obective (RPO).

With Penta, an RPO of 24 hours is standard with all services. But you can choose to reduce the RPO in 12 hour increments to either RPO-12 or even RPO-zero.

RPO-zero means that the backups happen continuously and instantaneously across to geographically distant sites.

If one site is disabled - for example in an earthquake - there is no data loss because everything has already been copied to the second site.

Time to recover

The time between the disaster happening and your IT systems being functional again defines how long your business will be without its usual IT infrastructure.

If it takes 24 hours to set up a new IT infrastructure and restore your backup you will lose 24 hours worth of business.

This time loss risk is expressed in hours and called the Recovery Time Objective (RTO).

With Penta, a best-effort RTO is standard with all services. That means we will mobilize all means necessary to get your systems back up, but there are no time guarantees.

You can choose to reduce the RTO in 12 hour increments to either RPO-24 or RTO-12.

Penta also offers failover systems that achieve an RTO of near zero.

Risk exposure

The total risk exposure is a combination of

  • the Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
  • the Recovery Time Objective (RTO)

Reducing these two factors will reduce the risk IT systems failures expose your business to.

The Disaster

A Disaster is any event that causes a critical failure of your IT systems. Examples include:

  • Natural disasters
  • Man-made disasters
  • Severe hardware failures
  • Emergency shutdowns