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Join AWS Experts for Well-Architected Wednesdays—a New PartnerCast Webinar Series

AWS-PartnerCast-1AWS PartnerCast is a weekly webinar series of free interactive content about AWS products and services. It’s exclusively designed for individuals working at our AWS Partner Network (APN) organizations in business and technical roles.

We just wrapped up a six-week PartnerCast series focused on what it takes to be an AWS Well-Architected Partner. The series, titled Well-Architected Wednesdays, can sharpen your cloud skills and strengthen your company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings.

The PartnerCast team and AWS Solutions Architects identified six topics that will help you dive deep into your customer’s solutions using the AWS Well-Architected Framework.

These sessions enable you to build high-quality solutions, implement AWS best practices, identify potential issues with a customer’s architecture, and make improvements when and where they need assistance.

We’re excited to share on-demand episodes for all six PartnerCast sessions. You must have an APN Partner Central (login required) account to view the episodes.

Episode 1: Are You Well-Architected? (Business Track)

An overview of the AWS Well-Architected Framework, which enables customers to review and improve their cloud architectures and better understand the business impact of design decisions. The framework addresses general design principles, best practices, and guidance across five pillars: Operational Excellence, Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, and Cost Optimization.

Episode 2: Building a Robust Monitoring Strategy with Your Customer (Business Track)

Learn how to apply Amazon CloudWatch’s monitoring use cases and automated responses to events. We’ll demonstrate a self-healing event chain to demonstrate the capabilities of the CloudWatch agent, logs, metrics, alarms, and events to recover from actual failure of a sample system. We’ll also discuss the benefits of various approaches and how they can be leveraged, including integrations from additional services for monitoring.

Episode 3: Detective Controls and Automating Incident Response (Technical Track)

We will demonstrate a number of examples of how to use the AWS Console and AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) for responding to a security incident. It’s a best practice to be prepared for an incident and have appropriate detective controls enabled.

Episode 4: Testing Resiliency Using Chaos Engineering (Technical Track)

We’ll demonstrate the fundamentals of using tests to ensure your implementation is resilient to failure by injecting failure modes into your application. This may be familiar to companies practicing Failure Mode Engineering Analysis (FMEA). One primary capability that AWS provides is the ability to test your systems at a production scale, under load.

Episode 5: Monitoring with CloudWatch Dashboards (Technical Track)

Learn the steps needed to configure an Amazon CloudWatch Dashboard to get aggregated views of the health and performance of all AWS resources. This enables you to get started with monitoring, explore account and resource-based view of metrics and alarms, and drill down to understand the root cause of performance issues. We’ll also touch on observability in modern applications, and how services like AWS X-Ray can help you gain insights into your workload.

Episode 6: Uncovering Hidden $$$ (Technical Track)

Correctly understanding your AWS spend and your customers’ AWS spend is a great way to uncover extra dollars that you can allocate to other projects or build innovative new POCs, or just save some money. In this lab, we will step through some of the fundamental aspects of understanding and allocating your AWS spend, to help uncover some of those hidden $$$.

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You can also learn more about the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program, which trains APN Partners on how to perform Well-Architected workload reviews for customers.

AWS Well-Architected Framework

AWS Well-Architected_featuredThe AWS Well-Architected Framework helps cloud architects build the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure possible for their applications.

Creating a software system is a lot like constructing a building. If the foundation is not solid, structural problems can undermine the integrity and function of the building.

When architecting technology solutions on AWS, if you neglect the five pillars of operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization, it can become challenging to build a system that delivers on your expectations and requirements.

Incorporating these pillars into your architecture helps produce stable and efficient systems. This allows you to focus on the other aspects of design, such as functional requirements.

Learn more about the 5 Pillars of AWS Well-Architected >>