AWS Well-Architected Framework

3 Questions to Ask About the

AWS Well-Architected Framework

3 Questions to Ask About the AWS Well-Architected Framework

The cloud is everywhere. In fact, cloud data centers will process 94 percent of workloads by 2021 and cloud infrastructure spending surpassed $80 billion back in 2018. Plus, as you may be aware, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the leading cloud vendor on the market today. And if your organization is going to keep up with the level of growth and innovation AWS is delivering, it is of the utmost importance you have a strong and scalable infrastructure.

This is where the AWS Well-Architected Framework comes in. This framework is a set of resources designed to help cloud architects build resilient, secure, and efficient infrastructures for their applications. The framework is based on five core pillars: operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization. These pillars were built using the AWS experience coupled with customer feedback, and they are continually being fine-tuned to ensure conformance with the latest best practices.

The idea of the framework is to provide a dependable approach for customers and partners to assess architectures alongside business and technical objectives while mitigating risk. When you begin to combine these five pillars, you’ll be able to realize the full benefits of AWS. Let’s delve into the AWS Well-Architected Framework, what it entails, and how SoftwareONE can support.

What is a Well-Architected Review?

The AWS Well-Architected Framework review assesses a critical workload against one or more of the Well-Architected Framework’s five pillars. Don’t be afraid of this review, however. If there’s one thing that’s clear, it’s that the AWS Well-Architected Framework review is nothing like an audit.

The framework was not designed as an audit, but rather to appraise and provide advice and training on where improvements can be made to make sure you are getting the most from your AWS investment. We keep you up to date with the pace of innovation and change within AWS at all times. We want to bring this knowledge to every review since the framework itself is built to help organizations build infrastructures that scale over time.

When Did You Last Perform a Well-Architected Review?

Another question you should absolutely have the answer to is when your organization last performed a well-architected review. After all, workloads considered to be “Well-Architected” even 12 months ago may no longer be. This can be due to various reasons, such as a new service or change in pricing policy.

Performing a Well-Architected review can ensure that you are following AWS architecture best practices and can prevent you from needlessly overpaying for your workloads. It can also help your organization ensure that workloads are fully secure, tuned for performance, and recoverable in a timely manner.

Plus, the benefits and overall value of a Well-Architected review is realized immediately. At SoftwareONE, the review process allows us to work with you to identify key issues and focus on specific areas of concern. It also enables the quick remediation of any critical issues - from security to automation - and highlights where architectural gaps can be plugged.

Is Cost Optimization a Major Challenge for You in the AWS Cloud?

Controlling cost in the cloud is not easy, and everyone’s environment challenges are unique. Since we know a blanket set of instructions won’t help each and every organization remedy their cloud spend issues, we decided to create an AWS Well-Architected Review focusing on Cost Optimization. This review covers the below best practice areas defined by AWS:

  • Cost-effective resources
  • Matching supply with demand
  • Expenditure awareness
  • Optimizing over time

This review is a free, no risk engagement. One of our AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professionals will execute the Cloud Optimization aspect of the AWS Well-Architected review and provide a report. This report will highlight your organization’s top issues, their criticality, and remediation recommendations that could help your business cut back on AWS spend.

The high level process for this engagement begins with the customer, who first identifies a critical workload for review. Next, SoftwareONE performs the workload review with the relevant stakeholders (this takes up to half a day.) After that, we will present the report findings and recommendations to the customer. Finally, AWS will fund $5,000 for remediation work done by the partner. This way, your organization is able to avoid unneeded costs and actually control where your money is being spent.

How Our Partnership Helps You

As an approved partner on the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program, SoftwareONE is perfectly positioned to work with you to appraise your workloads across any or all of the five pillars. All of SoftwareONE’s consultants who carry out the reviews are AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professionals with years of experience and expertise. In this day and age, it is important to only spend on what your organization is truly using. It’s time to reel in your AWS spend and realize maximum value from your investment, starting now.

Review and Improve Your AWS Cloud-Based Architectures

Would you like to consolidate your billing and free up your time and resources? Check out the AWS Well-Architected Framework, which helps your organization realize the full benefits of AWS.

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