AWS Well-Architected Framework: Build secure and efficient infrastructure.

The AWS Well-Architected Review process assesses cloud architectures using the AWS Well-Architected Framework. It helps identify and address issues to build secure, efficient, and reliable cloud architectures that deliver better customer experiences and reduced costs.

At CloudThat, we offer efficient AWS Well-Architected Review and cybersecurity consulting services to help cloud architects build efficient cloud infrastructures.

Six Pillars of AWS Well-Architected Review Process

Operational Excellence

The objective of the operational excellence pillar is to run and monitor systems and continually improve processes and procedures to ensure the best cloud architecture design.


This pillar has a focal point to build the best cloud infrastructure architecture by protecting information and systems. It ensures data confidentiality and integrity by managing user permissions and establishing control for monitoring security events.


This pillar aims to ensure the smooth functioning of workloads and help them recover quickly from failure to meet changing demands and realize the best cloud architecture designs.

Performance Efficiency

The focal point of this pillar is to structure and streamline IT and computing resource allocation. It ensures you can build robust and efficient cloud infrastructure architecture as business evolves.

Cost Optimization

This pillar aims at minimizing costs. It helps you understand spending over time controlling fund allocations, and take a call on resource selection criteria without overspending.


This pillar emphasizes the importance of building environment-friendly cloud workloads through a shared responsibility model.

Our Core Competencies in Assessing Cloud Infrastructure with AWS Well-Architected Review

Reduced risks

The AWS Well-Architected Review helps assess the architectural infrastructure periodically to identify and prevent potential risks.

Cloud-native approaches

A consistent approach in the company ensures that you deliver a reliable app to your customers through a robust cloud architecture design.


With regular reviews of cloud architecture design, potential risks in the framework are addressed before they prove fatal.

Uninterrupted improvement

With AWS infrastructure architecture, you get a measure for your system against best practices, which enables constant improvement.

Vision for Potential Impacts

The cloud ecosystem undergoes rapid changes and cloud infrastructure architecture can help you identify the potential impacts.

Our Approach in Conducting the AWS Well-Architected Review

Our approach to assessing the cloud architecture through a Well-Architected Review follows AWS's typical footsteps: defining workload, defining the core team, deciding on the AWS pillars and lenses, Deciding the session’s type, and finally collecting the necessary data for the review.


Assess the workload to be reviewed, Gather relevant data, and Schedule the review with a customer contact person."


CloudThat and the client collaborate to review the environment.


Our experts create a report with AWS best practices tailored to the workloads' demands.

Remediation steps

Once the Well-Architected Review in AWS is created, there is a better understanding of the significant remediation that should be performed as a priority."

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The services provided by our expert team covers all aspects, including, but not limited to, building, development, deployment and debugging.


This development tool plays a vital role in the cloud architecture design, failing which deployment would be difficult.


CloudThat has a wonderful foundation consisting of an expert team of architects and designers alike.

Select tier training

Cloud architecture design and development is in much demand in the public sector, which is gladly catered by CloudThat.

Why to partner with us

Solutions for the major issues

Our experts assess the immediate or potential risks and issues and offer instant remediations for security, reliability, performance efficiency, etc.

Address the areas of potential security risks

We can identify the potential risk and offer best practices to prevent those risks from transforming into a major problem.

Keep updated with new approaches.

Our experts believe in constant changes and are ready to use the new and best practices to adapt to the new environments or requirements.

Full Stack Specialists

Our team of specialists does not only have expertise in the clouds but also has appropriate knowledge in a broader spectrum of technology domains.

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The Amazon Well-Architected Framework is a set of best practices for designing, building, and running workloads in the AWS Cloud. It helps you to build secure, reliable, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems.

The framework is based on six pillars: Operational excellence, Security, Reliability, Performance efficiency, Cost optimization and Sustainability

The six pillars of AWS well-architected review are: 

  • Operational excellence: This pillar focuses on the ability to support development and run workloads effectively, gain insight into their operation, and continuously improve supporting processes and procedures to deliver business value. 
  • Security: This pillar focuses on the ability to protect data, systems, and assets to take advantage of cloud technologies to improve your security. 
  • Reliability: This pillar focuses on the ability to recover from infrastructure or application failures and deliver a high level of availability to users. 
  • Performance efficiency: This pillar focuses on the ability to use computing, memory, storage, and networking resources efficiently to meet system requirements, end-user expectations, and operational costs. 
  • Cost optimization: This pillar focuses on the ability to avoid unnecessary costs and control spending. 
  • Sustainability: This pillar focuses on the ability to reduce environmental impact of cloud infrastructure and applications. 

The three areas of operational excellence in AWS Well-Architected Review are:

Preparation: This area focuses on establishing the foundation for operational excellence, including developing and documenting procedures, training staff, and implementing monitoring and alerting systems.

Operation: This area focuses on running and managing workloads in the cloud, including responding to incidents, performing preventive maintenance, and optimizing performance.

Evolution: This area focuses on continuously improving operational excellence by learning from experience, adopting new technologies, and responding to changing business needs.

The three main ways to access AWS services are: 

  • AWS Management Console: The AWS Management Console is a web-based user interface that you can use to create and manage your AWS resources. The console provides a graphical interface for all AWS services, making it easy to get started and use AWS. 
  • AWS Command Line Interface (CLI): The AWS CLI is a tool that you can use to interact with AWS services from the command line. The CLI is a powerful tool that can be used to automate tasks and scripts. 
  • AWS Software Development Kits (SDKs): The AWS SDKs are a collection of libraries that you can use to programmatically access AWS services from your applications. The SDKs are available for a variety of programming languages, including Java, Python, and Node.js. 

Using these AWS services, you can leverage the features of Well-Architected Review AWS effectively. 

There are two main types of users in AWS: 

  • Root user: The root user is the most powerful user in an AWS account. The root user has full access to all AWS resources and services. 
  • IAM users: IAM users are users that you create in AWS. IAM users can be granted specific permissions to access and use AWS resources and services. 

Businesses can aptly assign the type of AWS users based on their specific requirements during the conduction of Well-Architected Review AWS.

CloudThat is a leading AWS consulting and managed services provider with a deep understanding of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. CloudThat’s team of certified AWS architects can help you to: 

  • Assess your current architecture against the AWS Well-Architected Framework 
  • Identify areas for improvement 
  • Implement recommendations to improve your architecture 
  • Continuously monitor and improve your architecture during AWS well-architected review process


The Azure Well-Architected Framework is Microsoft’s counterpart to the AWS Well-Architected Review. It provides best practices, guidelines, and principles for designing and building reliable, secure, and efficient cloud solutions on the Azure platform, helping organizations optimize their architecture for performance and cost-effectiveness.

The 5 pillars of the Azure Well-Architected Framework, similar to the AWS Well-Architected Review, are:

Cost Optimization: Ensuring efficient resource utilization and cost management.

Operational Excellence: Streamlining operations and maximizing efficiency.

Security: Implementing robust security measures to protect data and assets.

Reliability: Building systems that are highly available and resilient.

Performance Efficiency: Optimizing performance and responsiveness of applications.

These pillars guide organizations in designing and assessing cloud architectures according to Microsoft’s Well-Architected Framework principles

The main difference between AWS Well-Architected Framework and Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework lies in the cloud service providers they are associated with. AWS Well-Architected Framework is designed for AWS cloud environments, while Azure Well-Architected Framework is tailored for Microsoft Azure cloud environments. Both frameworks offer best practices and guidance for designing and optimizing cloud architectures but are specific to their respective platforms.

The Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework provides several advantages, including guiding organizations to design and build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for their applications. It offers a structured approach to cloud architecture similar to the AWS Well-Architected Review, helping businesses optimize their Azure environments for improved reliability and cost-effectiveness.

The duration of an AWS Well-Architected Review can vary depending on the complexity of your infrastructure and applications. Typically, it takes several weeks to complete. In contrast, Azure and Microsoft Well-Architected Framework reviews have a similar timeframe, also contingent on the scope and intricacy of your cloud environment.

The Microsoft Well-Architected Framework is a set of best practices and guidelines for designing and building secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient cloud solutions on the Azure platform. It is similar in concept to the AWS Well-Architected Review, offering a structured approach to assess and improve the architecture of cloud workloads.

The 5 pillars of a well-architected framework in Azure, similar to AWS Well-Architected Review, include Cost Optimization, Operational Excellence, Security, Reliability, and Performance Efficiency. These pillars serve as guidelines for building and maintaining robust and efficient cloud solutions within the Azure ecosystem, aligning with Microsoft’s Well-Architected Framework principles.

The key difference between the AWS Well-Architected Framework and the Azure Well-Architected Framework lies in the cloud service providers they are associated with. AWS Well-Architected Framework is designed for Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments, while the Azure Well-Architected Framework is tailored for Microsoft Azure. Both frameworks provide best practices and guidelines for building secure, high-performing, and efficient cloud architectures within their respective platforms.

The duration of an AWS Well-Architected review varies but typically takes a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the complexity of the architecture being assessed. Azure and Microsoft also offer similar well-architected frameworks, and their review durations follow a similar timeframe.

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