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Benefits of an AWS Well-Architected Review

Philip Wigg
March 7, 2024

As businesses worldwide further embrace the cloud, millions lean on market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS). With more than 200 service features, AWS is considered the most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud globally. 

However, with the sheer volume of features and options available, it can be very challenging for businesses to ensure they are leveraging AWS to its full potential. Utilising an approved AWS Partner can significantly help optimise use of AWS, reduce time and save costs. 

AWS Well-Architected Framework

The initial step in utilising an AWS Partner, is to take advantage of a free cloud review, which follows the recommended AWS Well-Architected Framework. 

A professional cloud review helps to identify pitfalls, mitigate risk, realise cost-saving opportunities, improve performance, and help ensure scalability to meet business demands.

As an official AWS Select Partner, MakeCloud’s experienced engineers are certified to conduct free cloud reviews following the Well-Architected Framework, in order to help businesses maximise the value of their cloud environment.

The 6 pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework 

The AWS Well-Architected Framework includes the six pillars of AWS best practices. Here we explore the six pillars of the Framework, identifying the operational benefits and key topics. 

1. Operational excellence 

The operational excellence pillar focuses on running and monitoring systems, and continually improving processes and procedures. Key topics include automating changes, responding to events, and defining standards to manage daily operations.

2. Security 

The security pillar focuses on protecting information and systems. Key topics include confidentiality and integrity of data, managing user permissions, and establishing controls to detect security events. 

3. Reliability 

The reliability pillar focuses on workloads performing their intended functions and how to recover quickly from failure to meet demands. Key topics include distributed system design, recovery planning, and adapting to changing requirements.

4. Performance Efficiency 

The performance efficiency pillar focuses on structured and streamlined allocation of IT and computing resources. Key topics include selecting resource types and sizes optimised for workload requirements, monitoring performance, and maintaining efficiency as business needs evolve.

5. Cost Optimization 

Build and operate cost-aware workloads that achieve your business outcomes, while minimising costs and allowing your organisation to maximise its return on investment. 

6. Sustainability 

The sustainability pillar focuses on minimising the environmental impacts of running cloud workloads. Key topics include a shared responsibility model for sustainability, understanding impact, and maximising utilisation to minimise required resources and reduce downstream impacts.

Reference: AWS Well-Architected and the Six Pillars

AWS Well-Architected Review

Amazon Web Services recommend businesses conduct a Well-Architected Review every 12-18 months to ensure their cloud architecture stays optimised for performance and cost, and maintains high levels of security, reliability, and efficiency.

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