Is that Maximum Tolerable Outage, Maximum Tolerable Disruption, or What?

Maximum tolerable outage or MTO is a common measure in both disaster recovery and business continuity. It is the maximum amount of time a system or resource can remain unavailable before its loss starts to have an unacceptable impact on the goals or the survival of an organisation. It’s either on or off, and if […]

Maximum Tolerable Outage(s) for the Supply Chain in 2013

End of year deadlines and festivities mean that maximum tolerable outage is an increasingly hot topic in many sectors. But what will expectations be for the year to come? MTO in itself is a measurement, a tool to be used in delivering business continuity overall. Changes in MTO, whether in terms of level or application, […]

Maximum Tolerable Outage by Whose Criteria?

Maximum tolerable outage means what it says – the longest time that an organisation can accept that a given service or facility is out of operation. Many enterprises and institutions go to great lengths to predict and calculate MTO, usually because of what’s at stake. Hospitals for example cannot accept IT outages that disrupt critical […]

MTO and RTO inside and outside disaster recovery

MTO and RTO are integral parts of disaster recovery planning, but they can also be used outside of that context. To recap on their definitions, MTO (Maximum Tolerable Outage) is the maximum amount of time that a process or facility can be unavailable before significant disruption and/or financial loss occurs to an organisation. RTO (Recovery […]

MTO and RTO in a Cloud Backup Context

A couple of interesting cases came up recently about differences in cloud backup services, and the effect that this might have on MTO and RTO. As a reminder, maximum tolerable outage (MTO) is the maximum time you or your organisation can afford to be without a given system or resource; recovery time objective (RTO) is […]

Maximum Tolerable Outage of Your BC Team

To put a new twist on maximum tolerable outage, we’re talking about the length of time an organisation can afford to stop working, not in terms of making its products or providing its services, but on looking after its business continuity. Companies that have dedicated BC personnel may never have to answer the question. However, […]