Managing RTO and RPO for AWS Disaster Recovery

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This lesson looks at how you can use Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) to determine an AWS disaster recovery strategy. RTO and RPO both fall under the Reliability pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework.

Learning Objectives

  • The difference between RTO and RPO
  • How to classify your RTO and RPO
  • An understanding of 4 recovery strategies, including:
    • Backup & Restore
    • Pilot Light
    • Warm Standby
    • Multi-Site Active/Active

Intended Audience

  • Those who are in a role of an AWS site reliability engineer (SRE)
  • Anyone who has a responsibility for and input into maintaining an effective business continuity and/or disaster recovery strategy for your AWS environment


  • You should have a basic understanding of the AWS global architecture and understand the concepts and importance of building high availability into your infrastructure.  
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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

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