The 5 Pillars of Azure Well-Architected Framework

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Have you heard of the Azure Well-Architected Framework? You should be if you’re interested in architecting cloud workloads that successfully power your ​​business-critical solutions.

The pillars are: Reliability, Security, Cost Optimization, Operational Excellence, and Performance Efficiency. These pillars contain best practices recommended by Azure and are designed to ensure you build and manage an efficient Azure infrastructure. nOps helps you comply with these best practices and help you stay well-aligned into the future.


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What is Azure Well-

Azure has established guiding tenets for orchestrating scalable cloud systems. The result is the Azure Well-Architected Framework based on five pillars: Reliability, Security, Cost Optimization, Operational Excellence, and Performance Efficiency.

The Azure Well-Architected Framework Review lays down an actionable assessment structure Solution Architects can use to assess compliance with the five pillars.

Why is this important to your business? A Well-Architected infrastructure helps you build highly available, secure, cost-effective, scalable, and efficient core systems that drive business results and provide top-notch customer experiences.

How does nOps support Azure Well-Architected?

nOps provides automated discovery of your infrastructure’s alignment with Azure Well-Architected Framework guidelines and will accelerate and improve the accuracy of a Well-Architected Review.

Moreover, since Azure recommends that alignment with the Well-Architected pillars be reviewed regularly, nOps continuously checks your infrastructural compliance and provides appropriate recommendations. This is powerful — as a follow-on to your Review or simply to drive good cloud practices.

nOps features


Cost Optimization

Save 18-50% in Azure costs with nOps single pane of glass cost dashboards, Spot and Azure Reserved Virtual Machine (VM) Instances planning.



Get real-time notifications of security risks, comply with industry standards (like HIPAA, SOC 2) with detailed audit trails.



Ensure stability and quick recovery from business disruptions with nOps alerts on potential vulnerabilities in your Azure environment


Performance Efficiency

Provision scalable and efficient Azure workloads with nOps discovery of underutilized resources and resource usage alerts by user and cloud services. 


Operational Excellence

Get instant visibility to infrastructure changes, configuration history, and change requests.

Cost optimization

Discover, eliminate, and avoid unnecessary costs and underutilized resources — save 18-50% or more.

Reduce costs quickly by identifying zombie instances and underutilized resources.
View all Azure resource costs on the cost dashboard and prioritize resources for rightsizing.
Track your use of Spot Instances, Reserved Instances (RIs), and get RI planning recommendations.
Rightsize Azure Computing and Storage services (File & Blob Storage and SQL, MySQL & PostgreSQL Database) to reduce the cost of your workloads by 10% or more.
nOps is one of few tools that help with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) metrics — get continuous cost-per-service insights grouped by labels such as team, organization, and workload.
Get granular insights into change originators in your workload and related costs.


Improve the security and compliance of your tenant resources. Get real-time, continuous notifications of discovered security violations and non-compliant events that don't conform with industry standards.

Predefined and customizable security rules for automated security checks and alerts (e.g., unrestricted SSH, tag violations, and Azure Storage vulnerabilities).
Simplified tracking of Identity and Access Management (IAM) (e.g., root account MFA, inactive access keys).
Continuous visibility into violations of Azure Policy rules.
Scans to identify accessible resources, ports, and protocols (e.g., virtual private cloud resources running in a public subnet) to reduce your attack surface area.
Encryption of data at rest, public read and write Azure Storage accounts and Azure AD (Active Directory) logins.
Intuitive user interface to effect violations' override and suppress alerts.


Mitigate infrastructure or service disruptions with nOps monitoring and alerts for:

Functionality of Azure CosmosDB on-demand Point-In-Time-Restore.
Enablement of automated backups and geo-replication of Azure managed database instances.
Operability of Azure Disk volumes with snapshots to provide a baseline for new volumes or data backup.
Monitor Azure Disks and Storage Accounts’ encryption of data at rest status.
Checking Auto-Scaling usage for high availability.
Azure Disk volumes with public snapshots.
Plus, nOps sophisticated Change Management Dashboard helps you identify and track vital changes to many compliance requirements and enables you to enforce operational accountability.

Performance efficiency

Maintain the ability of computing resources to scale optimally as demand changes and technologies evolve, with nOps monitoring and alerts for:

Resource limits reached across multiple Azure products.
Get predictable performance with insights into Provisioned Azure CosmosDB throughput.
Azure Disks IOPS performance.
Underutilized resources.
Efficiency of Azure Spot and Reserved Virtual Machines.

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