RPO stands for Recovery Point Objective, and it refers to the amount of data loss a business is willing to accept in the event of a disaster. This is the maximum amount of data loss that a business can tolerate without causing significant harm to its operations. For example, if an organization has an RPO of one hour, it means that it can accept a maximum of one hour of data loss before it becomes a problem.
To achieve the desired RPO, businesses use backup strategies that involve taking periodic snapshots of their data. These snapshots can be stored on different devices or in different locations, such as cloud storage or a separate data center. The frequency of these snapshots depends on the RPO of the organization. For example, if an organization has an RPO of one hour, it might take a snapshot of its data every hour.