Accelerating Well-Architected Framework reviews using integrated AWS Trusted Advisor insights

Accelerating Well-Architected Framework reviews using integrated AWS Trusted Advisor insights

In this blog, we will explain how the new AWS Well-Architected integration with AWS Trusted Advisor can give you insights that help you create a flywheel effect to accelerate your cloud optimization. Customers that have the most success in their cloud adoption recognize that optimizing their cloud architecture and operations is not a one-time effort. Optimization is a continuous improvement virtuous cycle based on learning architectural and operational best practices, measuring workloads against these best practices, and implementing improvements based on opportunities recognized from measurement.

Customers can use the AWS Well-Architected Framework to build a “learn, measure, and improve” continuous improvement virtuous cycle (Figure 1). With the AWS Well-Architected Tool, customers can measure their against these AWS best practices to identify improvement opportunities or risks they should address. After customers complete Well-Architected Framework Reviews (WAFRs) they can generate improvement plans with prioritized guidance and resources for improvement. They can also track the improvements made over time using the feature in the Well-Architected Tool.

Figure 1. Continuous optimization of workloads based on AWS best practices

Amazon uses the term flywheel to describe a virtuous cycle that has additional drivers to add momentum, which accelerates the cycle and the value it delivers. Figure 2 is the often-referenced Amazon retail flywheel, which shows how Amazon’s focus on customer experience drives growth. It is accelerated by creating a lower cost structure, which allows Amazon to pass lower prices to its customers, improving customer experience and driving faster growth.

Figure 2. The Amazon Flywheel concept of scaling growth

Customers can add momentum to an AWS Well-Architected “learn, measure, and improve” virtuous cycle using tools that give more insights while measuring workloads. Improved insights result in consistent measurements, that are more efficient and more accurate. This accelerates the optimization cycle by reducing the time required to measure workloads. Collecting information on AWS resources using Trusted Advisor checks allows customers to validate if a workload’s state is aligned with AWS best practices. The new AWS Well-Architected Tool integration with AWS Trusted Advisor makes it easier and faster to gain insights during WAFRs. The Trusted Advisor checks that are relevant to a specific set of best practices have been mapped to the corresponding questions in Well-Architected. The new feature now shows the mapped Trusted Advisor checks directly in the Well-Architected Tool. These insights help customers run WAFRs in less time, with more accuracy, creating a flywheel effect (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Insights from AWS Trusted Advisor create acceleration in achieving improved outcomes

AWS Well-Architected Tool integration with AWS Trusted Advisor: feature example

In the following sections, we detail an example scenario on how to use the integration with Trusted Advisor to gain insights when measuring your workloads.

Enabling the AWS Well-Architected Tool integration with AWS Trusted Advisor

How to enable the new feature in your workload:

Using integration with AWS Trusted Advisor for insights during reviews

Once the feature is enabled, additional insights will be noticeable about the resources in your workload using Trusted Advisor checks. Let’s explore an example question. In this case, we will use Question 9 from the Reliability Pillar, as there are Trusted Advisor checks related to the best practices in it: How do you back up data?

Conclusion

Using the AWS Well-Architected integration with AWS Trusted Advisor, customers have a mechanism to accelerate the “learn, measure, and improve” Well-Architected virtuous cycle, creating an optimization flywheel. We have demonstrated the value of creating acceleration through the insights from Trusted Advisor checks. You now know how to enable the integration with Trusted Advisor and have seen an example of how the insights can accelerate your review cycle. You will notice the improvements you make over time will reflect in the Trusted Advisor checks as you review the milestones for your workloads. Enable this feature on your next Well-Architected Framework Review (WAFR) to measure the impact that data-driven insights from Trusted Advisor can have on reducing the time-to-value for your reviews. For more information consider these additional resources. You can contact your account team for support in running WAFRs or check out the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program to find a partner that can help you run a review. Additionally, running a WAFR with a partner assisting you in remediating risks may also provide funding credits to offset the costs required to make the improvements.

“Perform data backup automatically” is part of the Reliability Pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. AWS Well-Architected is a set of guiding design principles developed by AWS to help organizations build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for a variety of applications and workloads. Use the AWS Well-Architected Tool to review your workloads periodically to address important design considerations and ensure that they follow the best practices and guidance of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. For follow up questions or comments, join our growing community on AWS re:Post.

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