AWS Well-Architected Framework

As we are developing cloud-native applications on Amazon Web Services (AWS) or modernizing existing applications, It is very important that we include AWS Well-Architected Framework in your architecture to build a system that delivers on our expectations and requirements. This will enable us to understand the architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, and cost-effective systems in the cloud and identify areas for improvement over the period time. AWS Solutions Architects have gained years of experience architecting solutions across a wide variety of enterprise organizations and use cases. They have helped design and review thousands of customers’ architectures on AWS. This has helped them to identify best practices and core strategies for architecting systems in the cloud.  The AWS Well-Architected Framework offers detailed guidance, best practices, and foundational questions to evaluate and implement architectures that will scale over time.

The five pillars of AWS Well-Architected Framework are:-

Operational Excellence:- The ability to support the development and run workloads effectively, gain insight into their operations, and continuously improve supporting processes and procedures to deliver business value.

Security:- The security pillar describes how to take advantage of cloud technologies to protect data, systems, and assets in a way that can improve your security posture.

Reliability:- The reliability pillar encompasses the ability of a workload to perform its intended function correctly and consistently when it’s expected to. This includes the ability to operate and test the workload through its total lifecycle.

Performance Efficiency:- The ability to use computing resources efficiently to meet system requirements, and to maintain that efficiency as demand changes and technologies evolve.

Cost Optimization:- The ability to run systems to deliver business value at the lowest price point.

To help customers to implement the AWS well-Architected Framework within their organization, AWS offered a service called AWS Well-Architected Tool that provides organization a single tool and consistent process to help review and measure cloud architectures. The tool enables organizations to monitor their overall status and find out potential risks. They can use the results that the tool provides to identify next steps for improvement, drive architectural decisions, and bring architecture considerations into your corporate governance process.

I will be coming up with new blog soon that will explain how we can use the AWS Well-Architected Tool.

Note:- I have collected this information from AWS official documentation and try to concise it for the readers. Please refer this for detailed understanding of AWS services