Well Architected Review


Apply a set of best practices for reviewing critical workloads running on AWS.

Cloudsoft, an advanced AWS Consulting and Solution provider, use the Well Architected Framework to provide a strategic advantage and increase success.

More and more companies are moving their applications and data to the cloud in order to remain competitive, adaptable and responsive.

At some point along their journey there’s a point when they stop, put their foot on the ball, and consider “Are we doing this the right way?”

In Cloudsoft’s experience, regardless whether you are new to AWS or experienced, it’s always good to pause and ask questions like:

  • Are we getting the most from our Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment?
  • How does our architecture stack up to industry best practices?
  • What can we change for better business outcomes in the cloud, in terms of performance, resilience, cost, security, operations and innovation?

Cloudsoft uses the popular AWS Well Architected Framework to help answer these questions and mitigate the risk of doing cloud “wrong”.

The impact of now doing AWS correctly for that critical work can be painful in terms of unexpected and high costs, and missing out on faster time to market and better application resilience.

The Well-Architected Framework, used correctly, allows you to optimise your use of the cloud financially, operationally and competitively.

The Benefits of Being Well Architected

Answers

Find answers to pressing questions and a prioritized roadmap of remediation goals.

New Perspective

Get a fresh perspective on the (high volume and velocity of) new AWS services.

Clear Goals

Align the cloud to business benefits: better customer experience, scalability, and much more.

Security

Action areas of security and compliance risk before they cause problems.

The 5 Well Architected Pillars

It’s rare to find two different companies at the same point on a similar cloud journey, so Cloudsoft have an adaptable approach to helping all customers with the Well-Architected Review.

Choosing one important workload on AWS to focus on, a specialist Cloudsoft engineer will use their skills and experience in applications, automation and AWS to find the most important parts of the Well-Architected Framework relevant to your unique situation.

It’s important to note that the WAF isn’t an audit. It would be wrong, and a sign of inexperience, to simply walk through the framework and try to answer each question. The best approach is:

  1. Choose an important application and its data
  2. Have an experienced Cloudsoft engineer analyse your application and data
  3. Collaborate with Cloudsoft to use the WAF to find the most important learnings and recommend actions
  4. Cloudsoft will provide a remediation plan to help you move forward

Security

Security

Ensure that your business is secure in the cloud.

Performance Efficiency

Performance Efficiency

Let the cloud automatically adapt to your business needs.

Cost Optimisation

Cost Optimisation

Prevent waste and reduce the costs to your business on AWS.

Reliability

Reliability

Assure resilience and responsiveness in case of unplanned events.

Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence

Enable the correct actions that match your resources to deliver the desired outcomes.

How the Review Works

It’s Cloudsoft’s mission to bring their unique set of cloud skills to deliver solutions to our clients based on shared goals. The AWS Well-Architected Review is a combination of two activities:

  • Review – Choose one critical workload: what are the business implications of the current architecture, reflected against the Well-Architected five pillars.
  • Remediate – Discuss remediations and provided a proposal to become Well-Architected.

Cloudsoft recommend that new customers start with a short, focused review that delivers results quickly and opens up a new perspective for what is possible in the cloud.

The Standard Well-Architected Framework Review from Cloudsoft is delivered quickly in five steps as follows:

Schedule

Choose a day for a Cloudsoft Engineer to meet business and technical representatives. This can be online or in person.

Prepare

The customer prepares information according to a requirements list sent by the Cloudsoft Engineer.

Review

On the day of the Review, discuss the architecture and then focus on areas of perceived risk – either highlighted by the customer, or that have come to light from the prepared material, or that are common pain-points

Recommend

The Review Report provides the snapshot of alignment with the Well-Architected Framework for the chosen workload. The Remediation Plan is an actionable plan for evolving the cloud architecture for the chosen workload.

Engage

The customer can choose to engage Cloudsoft to turn the Remediation Plan into a statement of work.

Start your Well Architected Journey

Get in touch with us today for your Well Architected Review, and optimise your use of the cloud to ensure it matches your business’ needs, finances, and goals.