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Recovery Point Objective (RPO)

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Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
The point in time to which data is restored and/or systems are recovered after an outage. The point to which information used by an activity must be restored to enable the activity to operate on resumption. RPO is often used as the basis for developing backup strategies and determining the amount of data that may require recreation after systems have been recovered. RPO for applications can be enumerated in business time (i.e., ?8 business hours? after a Sunday disaster restores to close of business Thursday) or elapsed time, but is always measured in terms of time before a disaster. RPO for systems typically must be established at time of disaster as a specific point in time (e.g., end of previous day?s processing) or software version/release.