Service Level Agreements

This contract between provider and customer contains details of the negotiated agreement. It's key to determine what your company needs, not just what the provider offers. The SLA commonly defines the service and the agreed-upon availability, spells out how performance will be measured, problems resolved, disaster recovery plans, the customer's responsibilities, guarantees, and the process for terminating the contract. It often also defines any penalties that come into play if the provider does not live up to the agreement.


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