AWS Well-Architected Framework helps build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for various applications and workloads. The Well-Architected Framework is based on 6 Pillars, which we are covered below.

Well-Architected Framework Pillars


Operational Excellence

it’s a series of best practices to help with your architecture’s organisation, Preparation, Operation, and Evolution of your architecture. Operational Excellence is composed of 5 design principles:
  • Perform operations as code;
  • Make frequent, small, reversible changes;
  • Refine operations procedures frequently;
  • Anticipate Failure;
  • Learn from all operational failures;

Performance Efficiency

It’s all about using your resources (IT and compute) in the best effective way. This pillar is composed of 5 design principles:
  • Democratise advanced technologies;
  • Go global in minutes;
  • Use Serverless architectures;
  • Experiment more often;
  • Consider mechanical sympathy;


This pillar’s all about securing your architecture and your applications, including data. This pillar is composed of 7 design principles:
  • Implement a strong identity foundation;
  • Enable traceability;
  • Apply security at all layers;
  • Automate security best practices;
  • Protect data in transit and at rest;
  • Keep people away from data;
  • Prepare for security events;

Cost Optimisation

it’s all about running your applications at the best cost, delivering all business value. This pillar is composed of 5 design principles.
  • Implement Cloud Financial Management;
  • Adopt a consumption model;
  • Measure overall efficiency;
  • Stop spending money on undifferentiated heavy lifting;
  • Analyse and attribute expenditure;


This pillar focuses on maintaining your workloads running consistently, and helps to operate and test the workloads. Reliability has 5 design principles:
  • Automatically recover from failure;
  • Test recovery procedures;
  • Scale horizontally to increase aggregate workload availability;
  • Stop guessing capacity;
  • Manage change in automation;


The sustainability pillar focuses on environmental impacts, especially energy consumption and efficiency. This pillar has 6 design principles:
  • Understand your impact;
  • Establish sustainability goals;
  • Maximise utilisation;
  • Anticipate and adopt new, more efficient hardware and software offerings;
  • Use managed services;
  • Reduce the downstream impact of your cloud workloads;

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