A recovery point objective (RPO) is defined as the point in time preceding a disruption. That data must be available and correct to allow business functions to resume operations following the interruption. Usually, the recovery point objective is the point synchronized backup data is available. Assuming the disruption to your waste facility lasts a short period of time, say a few hours, and the data needed to restart the facility is synchronized and fully available, a one hour RPO should be sufficient for your needs.
- For more information on determining RPOs and other business continuity issues, download and print out our business impact analysis (BIA) template and step-by-step guide.
- For more on disaster recovery facilities and operations, visit our facilities/operations topic page.
- For more on RPOs and RTOs, read this expert response by Jeff Boles on monitoring and managing RTOs and RTOs.
This was first published in March 2010