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4 Reasons To Get Well Architected

By 19th September 2019 No Comments
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To ensure their customers get the best from AWS, Amazon is empowering specially trained partners to carry out Well-Architected Reviews. As an authorised AWS Well-Architected partner, Singlepoint can help you improve your AWS infrastructure. But what should motivate you to request a Well-Architected Review in the first place?

The Well-Architected Framework is a best-of Amazon’s own internal best-practice, published as a guidebook to help IT teams build the most secure, resilient, cost-effective and performant infrastructures for their applications. The program gives authorised partners like Singlepoint the tools and training to assess workloads against the five pillars of the framework. Based on our experience, we have found that several motivations can trigger a customer to request a Well-Architected Review:

  1. You need to create a new application or a new workload: determining the requirements for hosting your workloads or new application is a key consideration. You will need to make sure your workloads are efficient, secure and performing  throughout the life-cycle your application.
  2. You are experiencing issues with your current stack, related to either performance or security
  3. You have concerns about current costs or would like to avoid unnecessary costs
  4. You would like to get a second expert opinion on your organisation’s architecture

Is the Well-Architected Review an Audit?

The WAR is definitely not an audit. It’s a two-way conversation, where we learn from you about your workload, how you are leveraging AWS services, and the challenges you face. In return, we share our point of view based on our experience carried in similar reviews.

How much of my time does the WAR process take?

Typically, it will take about 6 hours, split across 3 meetings:

  1. Introductory meeting –  to ensure we are a good fit (1 hour)
  2. First WAR Review meeting  (2-3 hours)
  3. Final meeting where we review with you the findings and your action plan (2-3 hours)

What you need to provide

We encourage you to use the Well-Architected Review tool in your AWS account, and send us the report prior to the second meeting. We will review all relevant items. We’ve found that it helps to save time on both sides, and this allows us to focus on the important points.

Also, read-only restricted access to the AWS account(s) is recommended, in order to have a better understanding around configuration and costs. In this way, we are able to provide a precise and tangible outcome.

How is the WAR conducted?

It starts with an open conversation, where we identify what your top 5 challenges and concerns are. We follow then with a set of questions, covering the 5 pillars. We recommend you to provide an Infrastructure diagram for the workload which is being reviewed. This facilitates the conversation, and allows us to get into more details.

Singlepoint works remotely analysing in detail the workload, and preparing the remediation report broken down by priorities and timeframes. Finally, we organise a meeting to review the outcome, and plan the next steps.

Who executes the remediation?

This is entirely up to you to decide. Your team can carry out the whole remediation, the Singlepoint team can do it… or it can be a mix of both. Some of our customers have an AWS skill set in-house, but resources might be fully allocated in other projects, and therefore, they offload the remediation to us. Other customers have great developer skill set, but lack infrastructure skills, and therefore look for professionals with AWS production expertise.

If you sign a remediation Statement of Work within 30 days of the review, you can receive up to USD 5K of AWS credits to use in your workload.

How often should a Well-Architected Review be carried out?

We recommend a WAR be done either every 3-6 months or whenever there is a substantial change or motivation, such as new service being launched, or a new instance family being released.

Singlepoint supports organisations to perform thorough AWS Well-Architected Reviews so they can align technical outcomes with business requirements. Learn more by downloading our datasheet and talking to our experts to see how you can make the most of your cloud infrastructure.

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