We are just back from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) London Summit, where we have been speaking with customers and prospects about the AWS Well-Architected Framework. With our latest AWS Well-Architected Review Partner status we are offering free Well-Architected Reviews to help customers design and operate reliable, secure, efficient and cost-effective systems in the cloud.

The Well-Architected Review programme enables authorised AWS partners, such as KCOM, to work with customers to review their critical workloads and provide guidance on how to improve their cloud-based architectures, helping organisations better understand the business impact of design decisions.

The best practice framework

The AWS Well-Architected Framework is based on experience with thousands of customers where Solutions Architects have identified a set of core strategies and best practices for architecting systems in the cloud. The Review against the Framework poses a set of foundational questions that will allow you to measure your architecture against these best practices and to learn how to address any shortcomings.

The Well-Architected Framework is based around five pillars:

  • Operational Excellence
  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Performance Efficiency
  • Cost Optimisation

The Operational Excellence pillar’s emergence and recent promotion to the head of the Well-Architected Framework is encouraging as it brings the automation of documentation and processes to the fore, raising the profile of automation and emphasising its importance.  Metrics from applications to help with not only the infrastructure layer, but also at the application and business layer are another best practice.

Are you Well-Architected?

In the past we have found the Review to be a useful benchmark of the architecture of our customers’ workloads. Based on our experience and that of the AWS Architects, it is very rare for a workload to clear the Well-Architected Review without fault, but that is not a bad thing as businesses must find their own balance. However, they must be sufficiently well-informed on the best practice, how their workloads measure up and what the implications of their balance are.

Inevitably when companies are going on a journey into the cloud they are focused on the migration - existing workloads running somewhere different.  The Well-Architected Framework gives the means by which you can objectively review the state of workloads at all stages of cloud adoption or application development. By focusing on business-critical workloads, on a workload by workload basis, this provides actionable insights and a manageable path to resolution.

KCOM is one of a select few AWS Premier Consulting Partners in the UK qualified to conduct an AWS Well-Architected Review. To book your free Well-Architected Review with our cloud experts, get in touch using the form below.

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