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SLO (Service-Level Objective)

A Service-Level Objective (SLO) is a part of a service-level agreement (SLA) between a customer and service provider. It outlines the level of service the provider must provide to the customer. An SLO is often expressed in a numerical format. For example, an SLO might promise a server uptime of 98 percent. Or, it might say that a team member will respond to an inquiry within 24 hours. A service provider might issue a credit to customers if it fails to meet an SLO. Most SLAs contain clauses about this type of compensation. Alternatively, a customer can terminate an SLA if an SLO isn't met.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About SLO (Service-Level Objective)

SLOs increase transparency within SLAs and allow SMBs to hold a service provider accountable for the services it delivers. These businesses can also receive compensation for any consequences that result from an SLO breach, such as downtime or loss of sales.

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