June 26th, 2018
A Solid AWS Foundation
By Elly Lina

Have you ever thought of what is required when creating a product—whether it’s a machine or a software application or a network?

Most of us have operated a washing machine or experienced how it works. Have you ever thought of how the design was first created? Do you wonder what components were required to complete the design and how these components work? Which button to press if certain actions are requested? Can the machine balance the load while in operation to ensure proper cleaning? Is it reliable? How big of a machine would you need? How much space is needed to store the machine? Is it safe to operate the machine? Is it cost effective? How is the overall performance?

Things have come a long way since the early days of washing machines; these days, they come with many different features and designs. Similarly, software applications exist today with many functionalities, designed for various purposes. Behind all these features, there is an architecture design created by teams of architects and engineers. Questions these teams ask as they are designing an application might be:

  • What are the infrastructures required to build an application?
  • How do they work with each other?
  • Is the information and data securely stored and how do we guarantee its security?
  • How much capacity is needed?
  • How big of a system is needed?
  • How do we provision data?
  • Do we need load balancing?
  • How is it performing?
  • How much would it cost to store the data and run the operation?

Behind the coolest technology we see out there, companies have considered the above questions—and many more—as they have built and validated their products and applications. In many cases, these have been overlooked or simply abandoned. They are not seen as priorities, perhaps due to timeline (deadline to launch a product), limited budget, not enough resources, or lack of knowledge and expertise. Later, the companies encounter issues and have technical debts which become a burden on their resources, all because they did not follow the best practices in the early stages.

In order to help companies ensure that best practices are employed in their cloud journey, 1Strategy offers an AWS Well-Architected Review. A Well-Architected Review covers 5 Pillars:

  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Performance Efficiency
  • Cost Optimization
  • Operational Excellence

These pillars are the foundation of every successful IT infrastructure and software application. 1Strategy has helped many customers by providing them with a review of the above pillars then recommending and implementing AWS best practices. As part of AWS’s Well-Architected Program, these reviews (and sometimes the accompanying remediation) can usually be done with no net cost to the customer.

1Strategy is one of a limited number of AWS partners globally that is qualified and authorized to conduct Well-Architected Reviews. 1Strategy was also the #1 AWS partner provider, having performed the most WA reviews in 2017 and is still leading as of today’s date. Our Solutions Architects are AWS certified and adept in performing these review for our customers. Customers have provided superb feedback on how this initiative has helped their teams and how 1Strategy’s exceptional support has enabled them to achieve their AWS goals.

If you are interested in learning more about how 1Strategy can help optimize your AWS cloud journey and infrastructure, please contact us for more information at info@1Strategy.com.