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In our Syneto Vocabulary, we make IT terms sounds simple. Two terms we use often at Syneto (and generally in the technology world) are RTO (“recovery time objective”) and RPO (“recovery point objective”). But what do these terms mean and why are they so important? This article tackles one of these terms: what is RPO or “recovery point objective”?


What is RPO?

The Recovery Point Objective (often used in its abbreviated form – RPO) describes the point in time from where data can (or should) be recovered in case of a negative event or a disaster.

In a Disaster Recovery plan, the RPO will reflect the maximum “amount” of data which might be lost in case of a negative impactful event – in this case, “amount” describes the quantity of data generated within a certain timeframe.

As in the case of RTO, the lower the RPO a company can achieve, the better. A low RPO will involve a smaller loss of data in case of a disaster. Because lost data eventually leads to loss of time and loss of money, organisations will want to choose an IT infrastructure with a low RPO, as this will help them minimize potential data losses.

What RPO do Syneto products offer?

The Syneto HYPERSeries has been designed with fast restore and recovery in mind. That is why Syneto products offer a 1-minute RPO. When scheduling automatic backups on the HYPERSeries, these can be scheduled with a frequency of 1 minute. Should your business suffer from a negative event, you can recover data from a backup that was created just one minute before the disaster occurred.