I'm a product Manager writing about a technological system in which a computer system is cutover (switched from one location to another).

Cutover is the action.

Is it also the state that the machine is in after the action is done?

Think of Delete and Deleted...

  • There is endless literature on fault tolerance, and I'm sure you could find a good glossary which would supply you with the official or at least best recognized terms.
    – Dan Bron
    Mar 2, 2016 at 15:07
  • Think of cut and cut.... Mar 2, 2016 at 15:33

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Yes, cutover is the state after the action has been done. It's the same as the action because the past participle of the verb cut is the same: cut. If you separate cut from over (because this really is two words that have been joined into a single IT jargon word) it's easier to understand. Compare with holdover (another very common IT term in banking): The bank announces it will holdover some transactions; once this has been done, the transactions are in a heldover state - because the past participle of hold is held.

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