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How to optimize your cloud infrastructure with the AWS Well Architected Framework

82914060_mA fundamental aspect of all cloud deployments is a good cloud architecture. This not only ensures greater agility but also the security needed to run business-critical applications and workloads. 

As we mentioned in previous articles, AWS has well-designed parameters of a good architecture to ensure the flexibility and high availability that characterizes it. 

Now, in this interesting article written by Josep Aguilera, our Linke AWS WAR certified Architect, we will see in detail all the benefits of applying a Well Architected Framework to your cloud infrastructure. 

Best practices and benefits

The AWS Well-Architected sessions allow us to align the execution and monitoring of our applications with the recommendations made by AWS and based on the five pillars defined in the AWS best practices.

The application of the Well-Architected Framework (WAF) brings advantages to the evaluated workloads such as:

  • Increase business value by optimizing and monitoring costs.
  • Improvements in continuous integration and deployments.
  • Protection of information and systems.
  • Acting proactively before technological risks appear.
  • Make better decisions based on well-defined procedures.
  • Apply AWS best practices to the analyzed workloads.


A Well-Architected session allows managers, sometimes not too techies, to know the real status of their platforms and workloads on AWS, their weaknesses and strengths, the risks they are exposed to and the possibilities of improvement.

And when we talk about the "real state of their platforms", we do not only refer to the technical aspect, but thanks to the interaction of different and varied members of the organization, who usually do not meet routinely in the same session, you also get valuable information on the operational and cost scheme.

Without being an audit, it is a control point that executed periodically introduces us to the process of continuous improvement, a desired process but that in most cases we do not know how to implement.

Essential Pillars of the Well Architecture

The Well-Architected Program is based on the review of 5 key pillars:

  1. Operational Excellence
  2. Security
  3. Reliability
  4. Performance
  5. Cost Optimization

Depending on the pillars, a report will be generated with a list of High Risk Incidents (HRI) and Medium Risk Incidents (MRI), and as part of the Well-Architected Program the partner commits to perform the mitigation of at least 25% of the HRI's detected.

The mitigation of HRI's, or even MRI's, can generate important benefits for the company, such as:

  • Improved decision making by having better KPI's and monitoring dashboards.
  • Risk reduction by implementing new services, creating runbooks and/or configuring automated actions to events.
  • Provides stability and at the same time elasticity, migrating components to native AWS services or configuring auto-scaling.
  • Helps control costs based on real needs, using pricing models adapted to each component.
  • Faster and more secure deployments, using stacks and automated IC/CD processes.

Overview

In summary, we can conclude that the final objectives of the Well-Architected Program are:

  • Platform and workloads at the highest level of security and reliability.
  • Optimal and adaptable performance to the demand.
  • Controlled and predictable costs.
  • Alignment of operations and technologies to the needs and objectives of the business.
In addition to all these benefits, AWS is committed to sponsor the mitigation of 25% of the agreed HRI's, providing a significant amount of credits to those companies that commit to a Well-Architected Review with a certified partner like Linke.

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