The 5 Pillars of AWS Well-Architected Framework

Be free while still using best practices.

Are you familiar with the five pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework? You should be, since they are designed to ensure your AWS infrastructure is built and runs optimally, using industry best-practices.

The pillars are: Operational Excellence, Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, and Cost Optimization. They are critical to your cloud success, and nOps can help you achieve compliance with these best-practices, and improve continuously on all five. We’re on it, while you’re busy running your business.

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What is AWS Well-
Architected?

AWS solutions architects have identified best practices for architecting systems in the cloud. The result is the AWS Well-Architected Framework based on five pillars: Cost Optimization, Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, and Operational Excellence.

AWS Well-Architected Framework Reviews, where critical workloads are assessed for compliance with the five pillars of Well-Architected, make the Framework actionable.

Why is this important to your business? A Well-Architected infrastructure can drive business results like reducing costs or security and compliance risk, improving the reliability of your core systems for better customer experiences, and much more.

How does nOps support AWS Well-Architected?

nOps provides automated discovery of your infrastructure’s alignment with AWS Well-Architected Framework guidelines and will accelerate and improve the accuracy of a Well-Architected Review
or other AWS infrastructure assessment.

What’s more, since alignment with Well-Architected guidance should be monitored continuously (best practices are not one-and-done), nOps provides continuous compliance feedback on the health of your AWS infrastructure. This is powerful — as a follow-on to your Review or simply to drive good cloud practices.

nOps features

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Cost Optimization

Save 18-50% in AWS costs with nOps drill-down cost dashboards, Spot Instances, and Reserved Instances planning.

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Security

Get real-time notifications of security risks, comply with industry standards (like HIPAA, SOC 2), with detailed audit trails.

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Reliability

Mitigate business disruptions with nOps alerts on changes to your AWS environment and rules-powered recovery.

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Performance Efficiency

Optimize AWS resources with nOps alerts on underutilized resources, plus resource usage by user, and Jira integration.

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Operational Excellence

Get instant visibility to infrastructure changes, configuration history, and change requests.

Cost optimization

Identify, eliminate, and avoid unneeded costs and underutilized resources — save 18-50% or more.

Reduce costs quickly by identifying zombie instances and underutilized resources.
View all AWS resource costs on the cost dashboard and prioritize resources for rightsizing.
Track your use of Spot Instances, Reserved Instances (RIs), and get RI planning recommendations.
Rightsize instances (EC2, RDS, S3) to reduce the cost of your workloads by 10% or more.
nOps is one of few tools that helps with EKS metrics — get cost-per-service (current and over time) grouped by labels such as team, organization and workload.
Track change originators in your workload and related costs.
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Security

Get real-time, continuous notifications of security risks and non-compliance, to avoid breaches and achieve compliance with industry standards.

Predefined and customizable security rules for automated checks and alerts (e.g., unrestricted SSH, tag violations, and S3 security).
Simplified tracking of Identity and Access Management (IAM) (e.g., root account MFA, inactive access keys).
Continuous visibility into violations of AWS Config rules (e.g., users without multi-factor authentication (MFA) using IAM groups and IAM roles).
Scans to identify accessible resources, ports, and protocols (e.g., virtual private cloud resources running in a public subnet) to reduce your attack surface area.
Data protection of data at rest, public read and write S3 buckets, AWS Console logins.
User-friendly option to override known violations and suppress alerts.

Reliability

Mitigate infrastructure or service disruptions, with nOps monitoring and alerts for:

Functionality of Amazon DynamoDB on-demand backup and restore.
Enablement of automated backups of Amazon RDS database instances.
Operability of Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes with snapshots, to provide a baseline for new volumes or data backup.
Monitoring the encryption of data at rest.
Checking backup policy for resources, using nOps.
EBS volumes with public snapshots.
Plus, nOps provides you with a Change Management Report and audit trail to identify and track changes that are essential to many compliance requirements.
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Performance efficiency

Maintain efficiency of computing resources as demand changes and technologies evolve, with nOps monitoring and alerts for:

Resource limits reached across multiple AWS products.
Provisioned DynamoDB throughput approaching the maximum limit for your account.
Amazon EBS IOPS performance.
Underutilized resources.
Efficiency of Amazon EC2 instances.
Usage of Reserved Instances.

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