What is SLA?
A service-level agreement (SLA) is a contract between a service provider and its customers that documents the services the provider will furnish, the performance standards the provider is obligated to meet, and the remedies available to customers if these standards are not met. An SLA is an agreement between two or more parties, usually a service provider and a customer, that outlines the services to be provided and the expected level of service.
SLAs outline the scope of the service, service levels, and performance metrics, the responsibilities of both parties, and the remedies available if the service provider fails to meet its obligations.
The SLA also outlines the duration of the agreement and any applicable fees or charges. Additionally, the SLA can include escalation processes, dispute resolution procedures, and other measures to ensure compliance with the agreement. The SLA is designed to protect both the customer and the service provider and to ensure that each party understands and agrees to their respective responsibilities.
SLA typically defines a mean time between failures (MTBF), mean time to recovery (MTTR), or repair. It identifies the party responsible for reporting faults or paying fees; responsibility for various data rates; throughput; jitter, etc.