Well-Architected Framework Review

The Well-Architected Framework Review was developed by AWS to help cloud architects design and continually improve secure, high-performing, resilient, and cost-optimized infrastructure for their applications.

Accelerate and Optimize your Cloud Architecture with an AWS Well-Architected Framework Review

Increased velocity of digital innovation, lower capital expenditures, the same state of the art infrastructure as used by security-focused organizations like the Department of Defense and CapitalOne, and the ability to achieve a global scale in minutes.

It’s one thing to “lift-and-shift” your workload into the cloud, but it’s another story to deeply examine whether that workload is optimized for the cloud. But once you’re in the cloud, how do you know you’re getting the full benefit? That’s where an Innovative Well-Architected Review comes in.

The 6 Pillars of the Well-Architected Framework Review

Operational Excellence:

Improving business outcomes and delivering value to customers and your bottom line are fundamental goals of your cloud strategy. We help you achieve these goals by looking at your processes against a set of design principles and best practices. We’ll help you identify gaps and recommend ways to measure, monitor, and continually improve operations.


All systems are constantly under attack by evolving threats. Your cloud security strategy must evolve to stay ahead by using AI-generated security insights, automated monitoring and remediation, logging, tracing, periodic risk assessments, and mitigation strategies. We’ll look at your enterprise holistically – people, process, and data in transit and at rest — to ensure your security strategy is built on a strong foundation.

Cost Optimization:

To truly understand the effectiveness of your cloud strategy, you have to have a clear understanding of your business goals. In other words, it’s not simply how much are you paying, it’s how much business value are you getting. For example, do you want to optimize for speed to market or for cost? In some cases, it’s best to optimize for speed—going to market quickly, shipping new features, or simply meeting a deadline—rather than investing in upfront cost optimization.

Performance Efficiency:

The cloud is not static; it is continually evolving with new capabilities enabling new strategies and implementations. Are you keeping up? By reviewing your choices on a cyclical basis, you will ensure you are taking advantage of the continually evolving AWS cloud. The optimal solution for a particular system will vary based on the kind of workload you have, often with multiple approaches combined. Well-architected systems use multiple solutions and enable different features to improve performance.


Disruptions in service are costly. We will assess your ability to dynamically acquire computing resources to meet demand, and mitigate disruptions such as misconfigurations or transient network issues. When an event occurs, how fast can you get back online? We’ll check to see if your system can detect failures and heal them automatically. You must have sufficient network bandwidth to your data center. These requirements are sometimes neglected. This neglect can have a significant impact on the ability to deliver a reliable system.


The ability to continually improve sustainability impacts by reducing energy consumption and increasing efficiency across all components of a workload by maximizing the benefits from the provisioned resources and minimizing the total resources required.


How does an AWS Well-Architected Framework Review work

Before the Well-Architected Framework Review can start, a statement of work will need to be electronically signed three days prior to the initial review. If this is not completed, your review will be cancelled automatically, and you will need to reschedule.

The cost of your Well-Architected Framework Review will be $5,000 USD, which covers all phases of the engagement ranging from initial review, tool evaluation, findings/remediation, and AWS funding assistance. A payment of $2,500 USD will be collected at the start of the engagement and $2,500 USD will be collected upon completion and review of the remediations (45% of Critical Items). As part of the project close out, we will also help you get access to AWS funds to assist with the remaining remediations. This funding is issued in the form of a $5,000 USD AWS credit code that can be applied towards your AWS account, pending completion of a customer satisfaction survey for the project.


Initial Review

Identify the workload to document. Then answer a series of questions about your architecture against the six pillars established by the Well-Architected Framework Review.

Who is involved:
  • Innovative Cloud Architect
  • Innovative Account Executive
  • Your project team
Time Commitment

30 minutes


Well-Architected Framework Review

Use the AWS Well-Architected tool to evaluate and assess your current solutions, and then we’ll help you architect new innovative products and services. We talk directly to people involved with maintaining and developing your current environment to get a 360-degree view of your process.

Who is involved:
  • Innovative Cloud Architect
  • Your project team
Time Commitment

2 Hours


Findings + Reports

We will present our findings and reports, which includes what parts of your environment is well-architected, needs improvement, and have critical issues. We will also work collaboratively to create a prioritized plan to remediate 45% of the critical findings from the Well-Architected Review.

Who is involved:
  • Innovative Cloud Architect
  • Innovative Account Executive
  • Your project team
Time Commitment

60 minutes


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The Well-Architected Framework was designed as a repeatable mechanism to help you evolve your cloud practice at each stage in the process, from development to production and beyond.

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