Well Architected Review
Apply a set of best practices for reviewing critical workloads running on AWS.
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
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:
- Choose an important application and its data
- Have an experienced Cloudsoft engineer analyse your application and data
- Collaborate with Cloudsoft to use the WAF to find the most important learnings and recommend actions
- Cloudsoft will provide a remediation plan to help you move forward
Ensure that your business is secure in the cloud.
Let the cloud automatically adapt to your business needs.
Prevent waste and reduce the costs to your business on AWS.
Assure resilience and responsiveness in case of unplanned events.
Enable the correct actions that match your resources to deliver the desired outcomes.
How the Review Works
Choose a day for a Cloudsoft Engineer to meet business and technical representatives. This can be online or in person.
The customer prepares information according to a requirements list sent by the Cloudsoft Engineer.
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
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.
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.