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In simple terms, the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is the maximum tolerable period in which data may be lost from an IT service/system outage or disruption, as caused by a disaster or other incident.  For example, if you take overnight backups, the recovery point objective will often be the end of the previous day’s activity.  This means that when a disaster occurs, business units can either agree to have some level of data loss, which is what will happen, or choose to have no data loss what so ever.  If the latter is the case and no data loss is acceptable, then Technology Restoration & Recovery Plans and related strategies must be developed to meet that need.

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