The Well-Architected framework has been developed to help cloud architects build the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure possible for their applications. This framework provides a consistent approach for customers and partners to evaluate architectures, and provides guidance to help implement designs that will scale with your application needs over time.

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Stop guessing capacity needs, test systems at scale, and use automation to make experimentation easier by building cloud-native architectures.

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Understand where you have risks in your architecture, and address them before your applications are put into production.

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Determine how architectural decisions and/or trade-offs might impact the performance and availability of your applications and business outcomes.

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Access training and whitepapers that provide guidance based on what we have learned through reviewing thousands of customers’ architectures on AWS.


The AWS Well-Architected framework includes strategies to help you compare your workload against our best practices, and obtain guidance to produce stable and efficient systems so you can focus on functional requirements.

You can get started by downloading the AWS Well-Architected Framework whitepaper PDF | Kindle


Next, you can learn more about how to develop Well-Architected applications by downloading the whitepapers related to each of the five pillars of the Well-Architected framework.

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

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The security pillar focuses on protecting information & systems. Key topics include confidentiality and integrity of data, identifying and managing who can do what with privilege management, protecting systems, and establishing controls to detect security events.

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The reliability pillar focuses on the ability to prevent, and quickly recover from failures to meet business and customer demand. Key topics include foundational elements around setup, cross project requirements, recovery planning, and how we handle change.

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The performance efficiency pillar focuses on using IT and computing resources efficiently. Key topics include selecting the right resource types and sizes based on workload requirements, monitoring performance, and making informed decisions to maintain efficiency as business needs evolve.

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Cost Optimization focuses on avoiding un-needed costs. Key topics include understanding and controlling where money is being spent, selecting the most appropriate and right number of resource types, analyzing spend over time, and scaling to meet business needs without overspending.

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In this “Lens” we focus on how to design, deploy, and architect your serverless application workloads on the AWS Cloud. It covers scenarios such as RESTful Microservices, Mobile back-ends, Stream Processing, and Web Application. By using this Well-Architected lens you will learn best practices for building serverless application workloads on AWS.

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In this “Lens” we focus on how to design, deploy, and architect your High-Performance Computing (HPC) workloads on the AWS Cloud. It cover scenarios such as Loosely Coupled/High-Throughput Computing and Tightly Coupled/High-Performance Computing. By using this Well-Architected lens you will learn best practices for building HPC workloads on AWS.

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Learn more about the AWS Well-Architected Framework by taking our self-paced training that provides pillar-specific design principles and examples of AWS Well-Architected best practices. The training is free, and takes approximately one hour to complete.

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