AWS well-architected framework: how to get the most from your cloud infrastructure

Posted by piksel on Feb 19, 2019 3:16:00 AM

It’s no longer enough to simply move your IT into the cloud and forget about it. From reduced costs to increased performance, it’s the foundation your business needs to deliver results.

But, how can you tell if you’re getting the most from your cloud infrastructure?

If you’re working in the Amazon Cloud, the AWS well-architected framework could be the solution. The framework covers five core pillars, all of which work to improve your cloud environment. These are:

  • Operational excellence
  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Performance efficiency
  • Cost optimisation

These pillars are synchronistic and help to optimise your software infrastructure. They work together to unshackle your software, so you don’t have to worry about poor performance or frequent downtime.

Let’s unpack the five well-architected pillars and take a closer look at the benefits your business stands to gain.

1.    Operational excellence

Testing small, incremental changes, learning from failures, refining procedures, and improving documentation all lead to greater operational standards. With the AWS well-architected framework, your infrastructure isn’t a tacked-on component, but a key accelerant of business growth.

2.    Security

43 percent of businesses reported data breaches in 2017. And, with the introduction of GDPR penalties, the damage of a breach is costlier than ever.

However, there’s no need for your business to become part of these data breach statistics. The well-architected AWS framework delivers strong security improvements by keeping data out of the wrong hands.

Identity access management (IAM) ensures employees only have access to what they need. This is important for security, as the biggest risks come from within your organisation. Risk assessments and preparations for potential data breaches deliver processes to respond to security incidents.

These features align to deliver a complete protection strategy for your information, systems, and assets.

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3.    Reliability

Cloud failures and IT downtime are costly. The average cost per hour of downtime to an enterprise is £521,000.

But the well-architected AWS framework ensures high levels of business continuity by applying the following five principles:

  • Manage change in automation
  • Automatic recoveries
  • Scale horizontally to increase system availability
  • Test procedures for recovery
  • End guessing capacity

With the AWS well-architected framework, your business is more resistant to disruption. Following these best practices leads to greater resiliency and all-round IT strength.

4.    Performance efficiency

As the bedrock of your business processes, wasteful cloud infrastructure can lead to major inefficiencies. To address these shortfalls, the well-architected AWS framework uses five design principles to drive performance efficiency:

  • Go global, fast – deploy your application globally in just a few clicks.
  • Democratised technologies – make advanced (and evolving) technology accessible for everyone.
  • More experimentation – change is an opportunity, so mimic the start-up approach and innovate where possible.
  • Mechanical sympathy – understand how to get the most from the tools you use.
  • Use serverless architectures – the cloud removes the worry and headache of managing dedicated on-site servers.

5.    Cost optimisation

When it comes to improving business results, cost optimisation is important and can be a low-hanging fruit.

So, how does AWS well-architected framework help?

The answer is simple. The AWS well-architected framework optimises costs by right-sizing virtual instances to your actual usage levels. Or, in other words, you only pay for the computing capacity you need.

Unshackle your software – drive business growth

The AWS well-architected framework is a powerful way to get the most from your cloud infrastructure. Currently, 42 percent of UK businesses use the cloud to help drive growth, so you need to make the most of the cloud to remain competitive.

For more on how the AWS well-architected framework can help, book a FREE infrastructure review with our cloud experts.

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Topics: Cloud, cloud-based, AWS

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