SLI vs SLO vs SLA

Updated: 2020-10-19
  • SLI (Service Level Indicator): metrics to quantify the performance of a service, e.g. availability, latency, data quality, data freshness, etc.
  • SLO (Service Level Objective): desired target for a single SLI; mostly for internal use, no financial commitments. E.g. service availability 99.95% over a year.
  • SLA (Service Level Agreement): externally visible contract about the SLO. If violated, there are consequences, like refunding or paying a penalty. E.g. if service availability is lower than 99.95%, service provider will pay a penalty of $X Million.