Workload best practices

Workloads comprise code, configuration, and resources working together to deliver business value. Depending on the application, workloads may be separated into AWS accounts, Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs), or Regions.

The AWS Well-Architected Framework provides best practices guidance to optimize workloads based on the Framework’s five pillars — operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization.

To implement workload best practices, it’s essential to keep in mind your business priorities and the ongoing changes to your infrastructure.

  • Depending on the workload, you may choose to prioritize performance, reliability, cost or security to meet your business needs.
  • Because infrastructure changes rapidly in typical AWS environments, workload best practices are not one-and-done. With that kind of velocity, even if your infrastructure was developed using best practices months ago, can you still say with confidence that you’re well-architected?

nOps compares workloads for risk management

Alignment with the Well-Architected Framework is the core of nOps’s technology. It supports the various Framework pillars with built-in rules and capabilities. nOps compares workloads against each other and aligns them in importance according to risk vulnerability, helping you to prioritize the workloads with the most opportunities for remediation. nOps provides a visual overview of your workload across Amazon VPCs Regions, and accounts and indicates any Well-Architected Framework rule violations.

Then it performs even deeper analysis to uncover all related high-risk issues.

What about new violations?

As mentioned above, workload best practices are not one-and-done because infrastructure changes rapidly on AWS. nOps detects new rule violations and provides real-time, continuous notifications of risks and non-compliance.

However, not all changes are created equal. Some changes affect service level, and some changes require more immediate remediation than others. To aid in needed repairs, nOps compares all your current violations with those in the previous month. You can do this for an account, Amazon VPC or Region. It’s possible to compare all resources to determine the extent of any new issues.

In conclusion

Managing cloud environments and maintaining workload best practices can be challenging and time-consuming because resource provisioning can vary from team to team and infrastructure changes are ongoing. nOps keeps a watchful eye on opportunities to optimize your workloads for best practices. It supports an accountability culture, where results are communicated and understood by everybody, each employee feels a sense of ownership for organizational results and will do what it takes to achieve those results.

Want to compare cloud workloads for risk management to get well-architected on AWS? Get started with the nOps Workload Risk Comparison feature today. Click here to get started with a free trial of nOps (or click here to sign in to nOps if you’re already a user).

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