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How the AWS Well-Architected Tool Improves Your Environment

The AWS Well-Architected Framework is a set of standards for best practices designed to maximize efficiency, stability, security, and resilience on the platform. These are some incredibly difficult standards to achieve and it is ideal to seek help from a third party to review the infrastructure. Amazon does provide additional tools for helping to verify that an environment does meet standards.

Best Practices of the AWS Framework

A well-architected AWS environment is not only going to be much more cost-effective in the long term but will also be less vulnerable to faults and will see prolonged uptime in the circumstance of such events.  As outlined in our own article, there are five to six concepts called ‘pillars’ that certain design aspects should follow; namely operational excellence, solid security, reliability, performance, efficiency, and cost optimization.  While we do recommend seeking a third party to help verify a platform is well-architected as AWS is a complex platform, AWS does offer a free tool on the side to better aid users.

Best Practices of the AWS Framework

A well-architected AWS environment is not only going to be much more cost-effective in the long term but will also be less vulnerable to faults and will see prolonged uptime in the circumstance of such events.  As outlined in our own article, there are five to six concepts called ‘pillars’ that certain design aspects should follow; namely operational excellence, solid security, reliability, performance, efficiency, and cost optimization.  While we do recommend seeking a third party to help verify a platform is well-architected as AWS is a complex platform, AWS does offer a free tool on the side to better aid users.

Well-Architected Tools and Functionality

By its design, the AWS Well-Architected Tool lends an API that allows users to directly incorporate these AWS pillars directly into existing infrastructure with relative ease.  Along with public documentation and self-teaching tools, users can gradually improve their own knowledge and their environments simultaneously.

 

Customer Scopes

Prior to use, users will be given a small quizlet regarding their organizational needs and the environment they are working in.  Based on those needs, weighting for which pillars take priority will be adjusted accordingly so that some recommendations will have a greater presence.  With the tool, users can share those scopes with upwards of three hundred other IAM (Identity Access Management) users and accounts across an organization.

 

Remaining Well-Informed

The previously mentioned quizlet can still be somewhat challenging for newer AWS users.  Integrations with other cloud services such as AWS Trusted Advisor and Service Catalog AppRegistry can provide insight into what the pillars are and as such make answering the initial quizlet much easier.

Well-Architected Tools and Functionality

By its design, the AWS Well-Architected Tool lends an API that allows users to directly incorporate these AWS pillars directly into existing infrastructure with relative ease.  Along with public documentation and self-teaching tools, users can gradually improve their own knowledge and their environments simultaneously.

 

Customer Scopes

Prior to use, users will be given a small quizlet regarding their organizational needs and the environment they are working in.  Based on those needs, weighting for which pillars take priority will be adjusted accordingly so that some recommendations will have a greater presence.  With the tool, users can share those scopes with upwards of three hundred other IAM (Identity Access Management) users and accounts across an organization.

 

Remaining Well-Informed

The previously mentioned quizlet can still be somewhat challenging for newer AWS users.  Integrations with other cloud services such as AWS Trusted Advisor and Service Catalog AppRegistry can provide insight into what the pillars are and as such make answering the initial quizlet much easier.

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Energy Consumption

The biggest factor driving why certain services are priced the way they are or how prices can vary in different regions and continents is energy consumption.  As controlling energy use and developing a more environmentally sustainable organization becomes a rising trend for many companies, being able to understand power burn and compare that with AWS best practices can help companies meet those goals through their environmental setups.

 

Public Sector Regulations

Government entities such as the US have regulatory requirements imposed on the cloud, resulting in designated AWS regions with specific attributes in place to abide by these guidelines.  Customers with specific compliance requirements and AWS partners can conduct well-architected self-reviews.

Energy Consumption

The biggest factor driving why certain services are priced the way they are or how prices can vary in different regions and continents is energy consumption.  As controlling energy use and developing a more environmentally sustainable organization becomes a rising trend for many companies, being able to understand power burn and compare that with AWS best practices can help companies meet those goals through their environmental setups.

 

Public Sector Regulations

Government entities such as the US have regulatory requirements imposed on the cloud, resulting in designated AWS regions with specific attributes in place to abide by these guidelines.  Customers with specific compliance requirements and AWS partners can conduct well-architected self-reviews.

Maximizing Framework Optimization

After taking the initial quizlet regarding organizational goals and information, using the Well-Architected Tool breaks down into four overarching steps:

 

Understand Goals and Needs

By identifying what the organization at large needs, developers can begin to pick out what key factors are necessary.  As mentioned in the features section, depending on the quizlet, some organizations will need to lean on scalability more than reliability or can afford additional performance and security regardless of the immediate demands of the budget.  The Well-Architected Tool will provide tips and assistance based on those infrastructural needs.  Unfortunately, this will just require more extensive research of the Pillars, what they mean, and perhaps a few use cases in regards to how that balance is struck.

 

Identify Points Needing Improvement

Depending on the previous point, the tool will then automatically highlight areas in the environment that require attention.  Recommendations are provided pertaining to each of the pillars and include information about best practices and other AWS resources necessary for making those improvements.

 

Plan and Act

Based on the areas that need improvement highlighted in the previous step, begin drafting a course of action.  The tool will automatically organize these proposed changes around the organization’s goals, so it will become a matter of generating a timeline on when to implement these changes and to what degree they should be implemented.  Afterwards, steadily roll these changes out phase by phase.

 

Monitor and Double-Check

As changes are enacted in an environment, developers should take the time to monitor the differences in the environment’s internal behavior.  Users should make sure performance continues to improve and check for new potential opportunities for further optimization.

Maximizing Framework Optimization

After taking the initial quizlet regarding organizational goals and information, using the Well-Architected Tool breaks down into four overarching steps:

 

Understand Goals and Needs

By identifying what the organization at large needs, developers can begin to pick out what key factors are necessary.  As mentioned in the features section, depending on the quizlet, some organizations will need to lean on scalability more than reliability or can afford additional performance and security regardless of the immediate demands of the budget.  The Well-Architected Tool will provide tips and assistance based on those infrastructural needs.  Unfortunately, this will just require more extensive research of the Pillars, what they mean, and perhaps a few use cases in regards to how that balance is struck.

 

Identify Points Needing Improvement

Depending on the previous point, the tool will then automatically highlight areas in the environment that require attention.  Recommendations are provided pertaining to each of the pillars and include information about best practices and other AWS resources necessary for making those improvements.

 

Plan and Act

Based on the areas that need improvement highlighted in the previous step, begin drafting a course of action.  The tool will automatically organize these proposed changes around the organization’s goals, so it will become a matter of generating a timeline on when to implement these changes and to what degree they should be implemented.  Afterwards, steadily roll these changes out phase by phase.

 

Monitor and Double-Check

As changes are enacted in an environment, developers should take the time to monitor the differences in the environment’s internal behavior.  Users should make sure performance continues to improve and check for new potential opportunities for further optimization.

Meeting Regulations and Requirements

Even though the Well-Architected Tool itself is free, during the initial development of an application or a solution, it would be ideal to also employ a third party of experts to provide additional aid.  The Tool will automatically highlight points of good practice, but having first-hand experience and knowledge of how to properly execute such a design would prove much more beneficial.  At AllCode, we are a continuously developing AWS partner and can provide these services and more as detailed in our AWS Marketplace offering.

Meeting Regulations and Requirements

Even though the Well-Architected Tool itself is free, during the initial development of an application or a solution, it would be ideal to also employ a third party of experts to provide additional aid.  The Tool will automatically highlight points of good practice, but having first-hand experience and knowledge of how to properly execute such a design would prove much more beneficial.  At AllCode, we are a continuously developing AWS partner and can provide these services and more as detailed in our AWS Marketplace offering.

Dolan Cleary

Dolan Cleary

I am a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Stout and am now working with AllCode as a web technician. Currently working within the marketing department.

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