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Infrastructure Resilience Debt: Pay Now or Pay Later, but Manage Your Debt

Published: 13 April 2018

ID: G00348507

Analyst(s): Mark Jaggers , Ron Blair , Ross Winser


I&O leaders who deprioritize infrastructure resilience in favor of accelerated delivery must plan carefully to avoid catastrophic future consequences. Leverage the concept of infrastructure resilience debt to improve planning and governance in hybrid, cloud and bimodal environments.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Collaborate With Application Development Teams to Ensure That Designs Meet Current and Future Application Resilience Needs
    • Use Pace Layering to Improve Infrastructure Planning Approaches
  • Challenge Conventional Infrastructure Design Approaches to Accommodate Different Pace Layers
    • Infrastructure Resilience Must Address Digital Business Challenges Beyond Pure Availability
  • Select and Design Infrastructure That Is Adaptable to the Resilience Demanded by Digital Business Systems
    • The Cost of Resilience Debt Rises Over Time: Plan to Pay it Down, or Expect to Pay Heavily Later
    • Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and PaaS Offer Additional Possibilities to Address Resilience Requirements
  • Instill a Culture of Continuous Resilience Improvement Throughout the Delivery Team

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