Cloud Architecture Best Practices: Using the Right Tools

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Did you know that building a cloud application is more or less like building a house? If we don’t acknowledge the industry’s best practices, it may all just tumbling down. In the construction industry, the major principles to ensure that a building is effectively constructed are well-documented in the International Building Code. In the realm of cloud infrastructure, Amazon is leading the race by pioneering the AWS Well-Architected Framework. This framework is similar to building a code that has been established as a set of best practices for cloud architecture.

What is the AWS Well-Architected Framework?

This is a series of best practice recommendations, design principles, as well as questions to ask when building, designing, and evolving cloud architecture to consistently deliver the best customer experience. Who is the target audience for this document? architects, developers, CTOs and operations team members. Basically, all the stakeholders who are involved in cloud infrastructure or organizations. What is one common mistake during cloud infrastructure development? It is the failure to consider the unique requirements of organizations. For example budget constraints, expertise, business priorities. Instead of blindly copying from the best practice examples, there are a variety of feasible solutions within the same type of application or vertical. Factor in the real needs of an organization, review all the available options and customize a solution based on those facts and research. Through the AWS Framework, you can:
  • Ask the right questions in a checklist format withour missing anything critical
  • Closely weigh the tradeoffs before making final decisions
  • Understand the pros and cons of all the architectural options from industry experts

General Design Principles

  • Test the systems at a production scale
  • Stop guessing the capacity needs of the organization
  • Make room for evolutionary architectures
  • Use data to drive architectureMake improvements through simulations and game days
  • Automate to make architectural experimentation easy

The AWS Well-Architected Framework: Five Pillars

Pillar 1: Operational excellence - the ability to monitor and run systems to continually improve supporting procedures and processes as well as deliver business value
  • Pillar 2: Security - The capability of protecting systems, assets, and information while delivering business value through  mitigation strategies and risk assessments
  • Pillar 3: Reliability - The ability of a system to recover from service or infrastructure disruptions, dynamically acquire computing resources to meet growing demand, as well as mitigate disruptions such transient network issues or misconfigurations
  • Pillar 4: Performance Efficiency - The ability to efficiently use computing resources to meet system requirements, and to maintain that level of efficiency as technologies evolve and demands change
  • Pillar 5: Cost optimization - The capability of eliminating or avoiding suboptimal resources or unneeded cost

Key Takeaways from "Cloud Architecture Best Practices: Using the Right Tools":

  • Outlining the AWS Well-Architected Framework: Best practices, principles, and “Five Pillars”
  • Educate how the framework applies to networks that form a critical part of cloud architecture
  • Highlight how Kentik can effectively implement the best practices
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