The AWS Architecture Center is designed to provide you with the necessary guidance and best practices to build highly scalable and reliable applications in the AWS Cloud. These resources will help you understand the AWS platform, its services and features, and will provide architectural guidance for design and implementation of systems that run on the AWS infrastructure.


Learn how to deploy SharePoint 2013 on AWS, following best practices for deploying a secure and highly available architecture across multiple Availability Zones. Included is an AWS CloudFormation template to help automate deployment.

Amazon Web Services provides a comprehensive set of services and tools for deploying Microsoft Windows-based workloads on its reliable and secure cloud infrastructure.


The flexibility of AWS allows you to design your application architectures the way you like. AWS Reference Architecture Datasheets provide you with the architectural guidance you need in order to build an application that takes full advantage of the AWS cloud. Each datasheet includes a visual representation of the architecture and basic description of how each service is used.

Web Application Hosting
Build highly-scalable and reliable web or mobile-web applications (PDF)

Content and Media Serving
Build highly reliable systems that serve massive amounts of content and media (PDF)

Batch Processing
Build auto-scalable batch processing systems like video processing pipelines (PDF)

Fault tolerance and High Availability
Build systems that quickly failover to new instances in an event of failure (PDF)

Large Scale Processing and Huge Data sets
Build high-performance computing systems that involve Big Data (PDF)

Ad Serving
Build highly-scalable online ad serving solutions (PDF)

Disaster Recovery for Local Applications
Build cost-effective Disaster Recovery solutions for on-premises applications (PDF)

File Synchronization
Build simple file synchronization service (PDF)

Media Sharing
Cloud-powered Media Sharing Framework (PDF)

Online Games
Build powerful online games (PDF)

Log Analysis
Analyze massive volumes of log data in the cloud (PDF)

Financial Services Grid Computing
Build highly scalable and elastic grids for the Financial Services Sector (PDF)

E-Commerce Website Part 1: Web Frontend
Build elastic Web Front-ends for an e-Commerce website (PDF)

E-Commerce Website Part 2: Checkout Pipeline
Build highly scalable checkout pipeline for an e-Commerce website (PDF)

E-Commerce Website Part 3: Marketing and Recommendations
Build highly scalable recommendation engine for an e-Commerce website (PDF)

Time Series Processing
Build elastic systems that process time series data (PDF)


The cloud reinforces some old concepts of building highly scalable Internet architectures and introduces some new concepts that entirely change the way applications are built and deployed. To leverage the full benefit of the Cloud, including its elasticity and scalability, it is important to understand AWS services, features, and best practices. This whitepaper provides a technical overview of all AWS services and highlights various architectural best practices to help you design efficient, scalable architectures. Download Whitepaper (PDF).

AWS provides you with the necessary tools, features and geographic regions that enable you to build reliable, affordable fault-tolerant systems that operate with a minimal amount of human interaction. This whitepaper discusses all the fault-tolerant features that you can use to build highly reliable and highly available applications in the AWS Cloud. Download Whitepaper (PDF).

In the event of a disaster, you can quickly launch resources in Amazon Web Services (AWS) to ensure business continuity. The paper highlights relevant AWS features and services that you can leverage for your DR processes and shows example scenarios on how to recover from a disaster. It further provides recommendations on how you can improve your DR plan and leverage the full potential of AWS for your Disaster Recovery processes. Download Whitepaper (PDF).

Deploying an application on Amazon Web Services (AWS) is fast, easy, and cost-effective. This paper is targeted at developers and architects who are looking for operational and architectural guidance from AWS to help assess their application’s operational readiness. It provides two checklists - Basic and Enterprise - so that you can evaluate your applications against a list of essential and recommended best practices and then deploy them with confidence. Download Whitepaper (PDF).

Hosting highly-available and scalable web applications can be a complex and expensive proposition. Traditional scalable web architectures have not only needed to implement complex solutions to ensure high levels of reliability, but have also required an accurate forecast of traffic to provide a high level of customer service. AWS provides the reliable, scalable, secure, and highly performing infrastructure required for the most demanding web applications – while enabling an elastic, scale-out and scale-down infrastructure model to match IT costs with real-time customer traffic patterns. This whitepaper will review Web application hosting solution in detail, including how each of the services can be used to create a highly available, scalable Web application. Download Whitepaper (PDF).

The AWS Cloud platform includes a variety of cloud-based data storage options. While these alternatives allow architects and developers to make design choices that best meet their application’s needs, the number of choices can sometimes cause confusion. In this whitepaper, we provide an overview of each storage option, describe ideal usage scenarios, and examine other important storage-specific characteristics (such as elasticity and cost) so that you can decide which storage option to use when. Download Whitepaper (PDF).

Security should be implemented in every layer of your cloud application architecture. In this whitepaper, you will learn about some specific tools, features and guidelines on how to secure your Cloud application in the AWS environment. We will suggest strategies how security can be built into the application from the ground up. Download Whitepaper (PDF).

To run a successful email program, you must be aware of a few topics that can affect your delivery and ultimately your impact on email recipients. You might send email for a variety of reasons, including enhancing an existing relationship with a customer, marketing new products and offers, educating a group of people sharing a common interest, or notifying customers of an event. In this whitepaper, we start by discussing the value attributed to your email by your recipients and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) responsible for protecting their inboxes. Then we explain what the emailing process looks like, who’s involved, and what their roles are. Finally, you’ll learn how to optimize value and drive it up based on some best practices we’ve compiled. Download Whitepaper (PDF).

Learn how to deploy Remote Desktop Gateway on AWS, including best practices for securely accessing your Windows-based instances using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for remote administration. Also provided are AWS CloudFormation templates to help automate deployment. Download Whitepaper (PDF)

Learn how to deploy Active Directory on AWS in about an hour. This reference implementation guide includes architectural considerations and configuration steps for deploying highly available AD Domain Services in the AWS Cloud. Two scenarios are covered, one fully in the cloud and one hybrid, using AWS Direct Connect to connect to an on-premises solution. Included are AWS CloudFormation templates to help automate deployment. Download Whitepaper (PDF)

This white paper discusses general concepts regarding how to run SharePoint on AWS and provides detailed technical guidance on how to configure, deploy, and run a SharePoint Server farm on AWS. It illustrates common reference architecture for SharePoint Server deployment scenarios and discusses their network, security, and deployment configurations so you can run SharePoint Server workloads in the cloud with confidence. Download Whitepaper


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