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Well-Architected Framework Review

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Tech Reformers AWS Well-Architected Framework Review (WAFR) provides guidance on best practices for building and running secure, reliable, and cost-efficient applications on AWS. AWS Well-Architected provides a consistent approach to evaluate architectures and implement designs that can scale over time. The AWS Well-Architected Framework (WAFR) is a set of best practices and guidelines that enable organizations to build and operate applications and infrastructure on the AWS cloud. 

What is the AWS Well-Architected Framework?

The security pillar focuses on protecting information and systems. Key topics include confidentiality and integrity of data, managing user permissions, and establishing controls to detect security events.

Learn more about the security pillar.

The reliability pillar focuses on workloads performing their intended functions and how to recover quickly from failure to meet demands. Key topics include distributed system design, recovery planning, and adapting to changing requirements.

Learn more about the reliability pillar.

The performance efficiency pillar focuses on structured and streamlined allocation of IT and computing resources. Key topics include selecting resource types and sizes optimized for workload requirements, monitoring performance, and maintaining efficiency as business needs evolve.

Learn more about performance efficiency on AWS.

The cost optimization pillar focuses on avoiding unnecessary costs. Key topics include understanding spending over time and controlling fund allocation, selecting resources of the right type and quantity, and scaling to meet business needs without overspending.

Read how to cost-optimize on AWS.

The operational excellence pillar focuses on running and monitoring systems, and continually improving processes and procedures. Key topics include automating changes, responding to events, and defining standards to manage daily operations.

Read more about operational excellence on AWS.

The sustainability pillar focuses on minimizing the environmental impacts of running cloud workloads. Key topics include a shared responsibility model for sustainability, understanding impact, and maximizing utilization to minimize required resources and reduce downstream impacts. 

Read about how to consider sustainability when deploying in AWS.

The AWS Well-Architected Framework is a set of best practices that Amazon recommends for building and operating secure, reliable, efficient, and cost-effective systems in the cloud. It is based on six essential pillars to a successful cloud architecture: Operational Excellence, Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, Cost Optimization, and Sustainability. The AWS white paper delves into each pillar.

What is the Tech Reformers WAFR process?


We will help you identify workloads to be reviewed, from simple static websites to complex microservices architectures with multiple data stores and many components.

  • 1-2 hours

We conduct and interactive interview with your staff with topics from the Well-Architected Framework. Optionally, with read-only access to the workload, we conduct an automated audit of your configuration.

A report is produced aligning the workload with AWS best practices. Items are categorized as Critical, Needs Improvement, or Meets Best Practice, along with an action plan for all remediation.

  • 8-16 hours

Tech Reformers provides Professional Services to carry out a minimum of 25% remediation of identified issues from the architectural review. Once the 25% is completed, you choose how the remaining remediation work is completed – in-house via a separate SOW.

  • 4-8 hours

You may be eligible for
a no-cost review (usually starts at $2,500) or
$5,000 AWS service credits!

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