This Guidance helps users organize and implement search capabilities so they can efficiently locate the right photo from a large library of images. This Guidance uses artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to find the right photo for immediate utilization, such as an image of a celebrity, politician, or well-known expert. With this Guidance, users can register images of a person with their name, detect human faces in images, search and analyze millions of photos, and compare images against one another to determine similarities – all through a simple user interface to add and search for images.

Architecture Diagram

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Well-Architected Pillars

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.

The architecture diagram above is an example of a Solution created with Well-Architected best practices in mind. To be fully Well-Architected, you should follow as many Well-Architected best practices as possible.

  • By choosing Lambda and Amazon S3, you can implement shared design standards. You can also use Amazon CloudWatch logs for Lambda to monitor your Lambda functions’ logs, troubleshoot issues, and create custom metrics based on log data. Additionally, you can enable Amazon S3 access logs to capture detailed information about every request made to the S3 bucket.

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  • This Guidance uses managed services to help you reduce security maintenance tasks, as part of the shared responsibility model. Managed services help you ensure AWS API calls are all done through HTTPS endpoints using transport layer security (TLS) communication, thus protecting data in transit. Data within Amazon Cognito is encrypted at rest in accordance with industry standards.

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  • API Gateway helps ensure highly available network connectivity for the public endpoint in this Guidance.

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  • With managed serverless services, you can offload the need to manage scaling requirements. For example, Lambda enables you to simply upload your code, and the service will manage everything required to run and scale that code. API Gateway handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing up to hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls. The distributed nature of OpenSearch Service enables this service to process large volumes of data in parallel to quickly find the best matches for your queries.

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  • This Guidance uses serverless services, such as Lambda with API Gateway, to remove the need to manage resources. With managed and serverless services, you can set attributes that help ensure you have sufficient capacity without paying for additional unused resources. You must set and monitor these attributes to keep your excess capacity to a minimum while still maximizing performance.

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  • Managed services remove the need to identify periods of low or no resource usage. Examples of managed services in this Guidance include Lambda, Amazon S3, API Gateway, CloudFront, OpenSearch Service, Amazon Rekognition, Amazon Cognito, Amplify, and AWS WAF.

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