What is the Azure Well-Architected Framework?
The Azure Well-Architected Framework describes key concepts, design principles, and architectural best practices for designing and running workloads in the cloud. It also helps cloud architects build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for a variety of applications and workloads. Built around five pillars—cost management, operational excellence, performance efficiency, reliability, and security—Azure Well-Architected Framework provides a consistent approach for customers and partners to evaluate architectures and implement scalable designs.
Well-Architected Framework Five Pillars
The operational excellence pillar focuses on running and monitoring systems, and continually improving processes and procedures. Key topics include automating changes, responding to events, and defining standards to manage daily operations.
The security pillar focuses on protecting information and systems. Key topics include confidentiality and integrity of data, managing user permissions, and establishing controls to detect security events.
The reliability pillar focuses on workloads performing their intended functions and how to recover quickly from failure to meet demands. Key topics include distributed system design, recovery planning, and adapting to changing requirements.
The performance efficiency pillar focuses on structured and streamlined allocation of IT and computing resources. Key topics include selecting resource types and sizes optimized for workload requirements, monitoring performance, and maintaining efficiency as business needs evolve.
The cost optimization pillar focuses on avoiding unnecessary costs. Key topics include understanding spending over time and controlling fund allocation, selecting resources of the right type and quantity, and scaling to meet business needs without overspending.
The Azure Well-Architected Review is a process designed to help you review the state of your applications and workloads, and it provides a central place for architectural best practices and guidance. The Azure Well Architected Review uses the Azure WellArchitected Tool which is based on the Azure Well-Architected Framework, which was developed to help cloud architects build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient application infrastructures. The Framework has been used in tens of thousands of workload reviews by Azure solutions architects, and it provides a consistent approach for evaluating your cloud architecture and implementing designs that will scale with your application needs over time.
Step 1: Define workload
Workloads can be more specific such as, Azure machine learning, analytics, or more generic Azure core services.
Step 2: Conduct architectural review
Review your workloads against Azure best practices by answering a set of foundational questions.
Step 3: Apply best practices
The Azure Well-Architected Tool delivers a list of issues found in your workloads and step-by-step guidance to make improvements.
After finishing the review phase, the client will obtain a report detailing all the issues (high risk and medium risk issues) that were discovered. This report will specify the issues Magic Beans considers top priority to remediate, and an action plan will be presented to the client to solve these issues.
If the client accepts Magic Beans proposal, the remediation phase will start.
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