I’m often asked, “How should I monitor my Amazon Web Services infrastructure? What AWS products and features should I be using?” These two questions can be difficult to answer, but with the help of AWS’s top Solutions Architects, you can ask your team a set of key questions to ensure you’ve built AWS best practices into your stack.
Amazon Web Service’s Well Architected Framework combines the lessons learned from thousands of architectural reviews with years of experience of some of the best Cloud Architects in the world. The result is a set of General Design Principles, and the Five Pillars:
- Performance Efficiency
- Cost Optimization
- Operation Excellence
This introductory blog post focuses on the General Design Principles of the framework. The rest of the series will address how to achieve the Five Pillars with native AWS functionality, and how to augment that functionality with Sumo Logic.
Sumo Logic integrates with AWS to collect and monitor both the logs and metrics generated by your infrastructure, and applies advanced machine learning capabilities that reduces the time to identify and resolve issues in your environment.
General Design Principles of AWS Best Practices
The General Design Principles of the Well Architected Framework are:
- Stop guessing your capacity needs
- Test systems at production scale
- Automate to make architectural experimentation easier
- Allow for evolutionary architectures
- AWS allows you to decouple your applications so that one component failure won’t affect the other components of your product or service. Take advantage of offerings like SQS or use Lambda and go serverless!
- While you’re at it, take advantage of the Sumo Logic Lambda integration. Visualize operational and performance trends like memory and duration usage by function version or alias.
- Data-Driven architectures
- Improve through game days
- Simulate ‘game days’ and use heavy loads to stress-test your architecture
- Use LogCompare to expose the differences in how your systems perform across time or environment
The next piece of the Well Architected Framework is the Security Pillar. Check out this post to explore further AWS best practices in security when building your cloud infrastructure.