AWS Well-Architected Reviews

Evaluate your AWS architecture to ensure best practices and reduce risk.

Are You Following AWS Best Practices?

AWS has developed a framework that helps Cloud Architects build infrastructure that has the highest availability, security, resiliency, and performance.  By continuously assessing your AWS environment, you can ensure you are controlling and optimizing costs, as well as keeping at pace with AWS innovation.

As an AWS Advanced Partner, Zuggand provides packaged architecture reviews to ensure your environment is following AWS best practices.  As part of a review, we will compare a specific workload to the AWS framework and, if necessary, provide a remediation plan. We recommend that architecture reviews be part of your standard operations and engage with us at least one-to-two times per year.

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AWS Well-Architected Framework & Reviews

The AWS Well-Architected Framework (WAF) was released by AWS in 2012 and is a comprehensive guide created from years of knowledge collected by AWS on how to best operate on their own platform. The WAF was designed to provide high-level guidance on best practices and to help customers understand the thinking needed to properly leverage AWS capabilities.

The WAF consists of five pillars including operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization.

Operational Excellence

The operational excellence pillar focuses on running and monitoring systems to deliver business value, and continually improving processes and procedures. Key topics include managing and automating changes, responding to events, and defining standards.


The security pillar focuses on protecting information & systems. Key topics include confidentiality and integrity of data, identifying and managing who can do what with privilege management, protecting systems, and establishing controls to detect security events.


The reliability pillar focuses on the ability to prevent, and quickly recover from failures to meet business and customer demand. Key topics include foundational elements around setup, cross project requirements, recovery planning, and how we handle change.

Performance Efficiency

The performance efficiency pillar focuses on using IT and computing resources efficiently. Key topics include selecting the right resource types and sizes based on workload requirements, monitoring performance, and making informed decisions to maintain efficiency.

Cost Optimization

Cost Optimization focuses on avoiding un-needed costs. Key topics include understanding and controlling where money is being spent, selecting the most appropriate and right number of resource types, and analyzing spend over time.

Through AWS’s Well-Architected Reviews, companies can receive advice on optimizing their public cloud environments from advisors that are following specified design principles and other best practices for infrastructure architecture based on extensive, practical experience. The program enables authorized AWS Well-Architected partners to review and remediate customers’ critical workloads through a consistent and repeatable AWS framework.

AWS has partnered with a select few accredited partners to offer Well-Architected Reviews. Zuggand is one of the select few AWS Consulting Partners – one of three authorized public-sector partners in the U.S. and the only one in Arizona – qualified to conduct an AWS Well-Architected Review. As part of the Well-Architected Review, Zuggand will evaluate your company’s services/applications against current best practices and deliver recommendations, including remediation steps following a half day of onsite research to continuously improve workloads running in AWS.

Free WAF Review and $5,000 in AWS Credits!

Zuggand, in partnership with AWS, is offering a free Well-Architected Review for qualified customers and usage credits of up to $5,000 towards further AWS services highlighted in the review’s remediation plan. The Well-Architected Review consists of assessing a specific, business-critical workload against the five pillars of the WAF, including operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization.

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WAF Review Process & FAQ

1. Contact us to schedule a review

2. Execute a Master Service Agreement and zero-dollar Statement of Work

3. Provide Zuggand AWS Architects read-only access to your environment

4. Participate in 2-4 hour review meeting (in person or virtual)

5. Schedule a meeting to review findings and recommended remediations

6. If desired, engage with us to execute on recommended remediations

Where can I learn more about the AWS Well-Architected Framework?

Click here to find more information on the AWS WAF including benefits, white papers, and training.

Why do I need to sign a Master Service Agreement?

A Master Service Agreement (MSA) is a required in order for Zuggand to provide any services to a customer.  An MSA is necessary to ensure both organizations agree on the terms and conditions of the relationship.

What will the initial Well-Architected Review cost?

The initial 2-4 Well-Architected Review session is free.  As part of the engagement, Zuggand will provide you with a zero-dollar SOW.

Why do I need to give Zuggand resources read-only access to my environment?

As part of the review process, your assigned AWS Architect will log in to your environment to validate many of the findings as part of the initial review meeting.

How do I give Zuggand resources read-only access to my AWS account?

To learn how to give someone read-only access to your environment, start by watching this video.

What does remediation mean?

Remediation refers to adding capabilities or making changes in your AWS environment based on recommendation provided as part of the review process.

How will the remediation recommendations be prioritized?

We will make an initial list of recommended remediations and review them with you.  If you decide you want to add, remove or replace specific items on the list, you may do so and we will adjust the remediation SOW accordingly.

What do I have to do to be eligible for the $5K in AWS credits?

If you engage with Zuggand to execute on the recommended remediations, you will be eligible for the $5K in credits.  Per the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program, in order to receive the credits, you must have a certified AWS partner perform the remediations to receive the credits.

Why do you need my AWS account ID?

If you do decide to engage with us to execute on the recommended remediations, we need your AWS account ID so AWS can create a $5K voucher associated with your account.