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A great way for cloud architects to learn is to experiment with the tools that our teams are using or could consider for the future. This allows us to learn new technologies, become familiar with the latest trends, and understand the entire cycle of our solutions.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides several tools for architects, including resources that can analyze your environment for creating a visual diagram and a community of builders who can answer your technical questions.

Today we’re excited to share  tools and methodologies that you should be aware of. In honor of the Architecture Blog’s International Women’s Day, half of these tools have been developed with and by women.

AWS Perspective

One of the main challenges for every architect is making sure their documentation is up to date. Recently, we’ve seen the rise of “architecture as code” tools for deriving architecture diagrams directly from the code in production.

In that vein, AWS developed AWS Perspective, a diagramming tool solution that helps you represent your live workload.

AWS Perspective analyzes your environment and creates a diagram with all your cloud components

AWS Perspective analyzes your environment and creates a diagram with all your cloud components

Chaos Testing with AWS Fault Injection Simulator and AWS CodePipeline

Chaos engineering is the process of testing a distributed computing system to ensure that it can withstand unexpected disruptions.

This blog post shows an architecture pattern for automating chaos testing as part of your continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) process. By automating the implementation of chaos experiments inside CI/CD pipelines, complex risks and modeled failure scenarios can be tested against application environments with every deployment

This high-level architecture shows how to automate chaos engineering in your environment

This high-level architecture shows how to automate chaos engineering in your environment

AWS re:Post – A Reimagined Q&A Experience for the AWS Community

Often when architecting we run into different design choices, issues, and roadblocks. What service should you use? What is the best way to implement this? Who do you ask?

AWS re:Post is a new question-and-answer service (think Stack Overflow specifically for AWS). It is monitored by the community who answers your questions, and then employees and official partners review these answers to ensure accuracy.

AWS re:Post is public. There is a wide community of AWS experts ready to answer your questions

AWS re:Post is public. There is a wide community of AWS experts ready to answer your questions

Establishing Feedback Loops Based on the AWS Well-Architected Framework Review

In 2018, AWS released the Well-Architected Framework, a mechanism for reviewing and/or improving your workloads that provides recommendations based on best practices in different areas such as security, costs optimization, or reliability. This article shows you how to improve iteratively your systems in the cloud using the Well-Architected Framework.

Creating a healthy feedback loop will enhance your architecture over time

Creating a healthy feedback loop will enhance your architecture over time

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Luca Mezzalira

Luca Mezzalira

Luca is Principal Solutions Architect based in London. He has authored several books and is an international speaker. He lent his expertise predominantly in the solution architecture field. Luca has gained accolades for revolutionizing the scalability of front-end architectures with micro-frontends, from increasing the efficiency of workflows, to delivering quality in products.

Laura Hyatt

Laura Hyatt

Laura Hyatt is a Solutions Architect for AWS Public Sector and helps Education customers in the UK. Laura helps customers not only architect and develop scalable solutions but also think big on innovative solutions facing the education sector at present. Laura's specialty is IoT, and she is also the Alexa SME for Education across EMEA.

Vittorio Denti

Vittorio Denti

Vittorio Denti is a Solutions Architect based in London. After completing his M.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Milan) and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), he joined AWS. Vittorio has a background in Distributed Systems and Machine Learning, and a strong interest in cloud technologies. He’s especially passionate for building ML solutions, putting ML in production and designing distributed architectures using serverless technologies.

Zamira Jaupaj

Zamira Jaupaj

Zamira is an Enterprise Solutions Architect based in the Netherlands. She is highly passionate IT professional with over 10 years of multi-national experience in designing and implementing critical and complex solutions with containers, serverless, and data analytics for small and enterprise companies.