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SUSTAINABILITY: The Sixth Pillar Of AWS Well-Architected Framework


1. Introduction
2. Why Well-Architected Framework
3. Sustainability as a Pillar
4. How to achieve Sustainability
5. Best Practices to Achieve Sustainability
6. Conclusion
7. About CloudThat
8. FAQs

1. Introduction:

Authorized AWS partners do Well-Architected Review (WAR) by using AWS’s well-architected tool to ensure that the infrastructure and system built on AWS are well-architected. If there are any issues, we, the consulting partner, recommend the best practices to implement and fix the problems through remediations based on security, operational excellence, performance efficiency, reliability, and cost optimization.

Read about AWS Well-Architected Review: A WAR Case Study here.

Sustainability is the sixth pillar of AWS Well-Architected Framework. This pillar helps in learning designing principles, best practices, operational guidelines, and improvement to meet the required sustainability targets for your workloads.

2. Why Well-Architected Framework?

Well-Architected Framework helps in constantly learning to build an operationally excellent, secure, reliable, cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable architecture. By continuously reviewing the best architectural frameworks, we can improve the required areas.

3. Sustainability as a Pillar!

As the world is moving forward to reduce the carbon print with efficient usage of resources, AWS introduced Sustainability as a new pillar to reduce the environmental impact by providing the best practices to use energy-efficient resources from the AWS end and effective usage of resources from the customer end.

4. How to achieve Sustainability?

There are six design principles to achieve Sustainability,

5. Best Practises to achieve Sustainability:

Sustainability requires continuous efforts to maintain the efficiency of resources, effective usage of resources can be achieved by getting maximum service out of resources and using a minimum number of resources for your workload.

6. Conclusion:

The sustainability pillar is the new addition to the existing five pillars of the well-architected Framework. With its massive infrastructure, AWS improves the efficiency of energy utilization, infrastructure cooling, and networking; it is constantly moving towards sustainable services. Sustainability also goes in hand with cost-optimization, improving resource efficiency and minimal resource utilization, reducing the environmental impact. By following Sustainability, we need to trade off another factor, but we should try to balance all the six pillars according to our requirements.

7. About CloudThat:

CloudThat is the authorized AWS Well-Architected Partner, helping other businesses build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructures for their application and workloads.

CloudThat is also the official AWS (Amazon Web Services) Advanced Consulting Partner and Training partner and Microsoft gold partner, helping people develop knowledge of the cloud and help their businesses aim for higher goals using best in industry cloud computing practices and expertise. We are on a mission to build a robust cloud computing ecosystem by disseminating knowledge on technological intricacies within the cloud space. Our blogs, webinars, case studies, and white papers enable all the stakeholders in the cloud computing sphere.

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8. FAQs

  1. How is AWS moving towards achieving Sustainability in the cloud?
    Amazon is working to build an efficient global infrastructure and giving continuous efforts for better innovations to have a 100% renewable infrastructure by 2025.
  2. How can you make your infrastructure compute-optimized for Sustainability?
    Make way for serverless AWS services to maximize your efficiency. For example, consider cleaning up unused resources and enable monitoring.

WRITTEN BY Dharshan Kumar K S

Dharshan Kumar is a Research Associate at CloudThat. He has a working knowledge of various cloud platforms such as AWS, Microsoft, ad GCP. He is interested to learn more about AWS's Well-Architected Framework and writes about them.



  1. Deva

    Apr 27, 2022


    Informative. Thanks!

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