Well-Architected Framework & Reviews

Learn architectural best practices to run your systems in the cloud more efficiently, reliably, cost-effectively and securely. We use the AWS Well-Architected Framework to identify areas of improvement so that you can enhance your business success.

The AWS Well-Architected Framework (WAF) helps cloud architects build the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure possible for their applications. The WAF is organized into five areas or pillars:

Operational Excellence

How to run systems and gain insight into operations in order to deliver business value and to continuously improve supporting processes and procedures.


How to protect information, systems, and assets while delivering business value through risk assessments and mitigation strategies.


How to recover from infrastructure or service disruptions, dynamically acquire computing resources to meet demand, and mitigate disruptions such as misconfigurations or transient network issues.

Performance Efficiency

How to efficiently use computing resources to meet requirements and how to maintain that efficiency as demand changes and technologies evolve.

Cost Optimization

How to continually refine and improve the cost of a system over its entire lifecycle.

The Well-Architected Review (WAR) was initially developed as an internal tool by AWS professional services to help customers optimize their workloads within the WAF pillars.

Today the program represents the learnings of 10.000+ reviews of real customer architectures.

“70% of well over 10.000 businesses world wide found critical issues with their workloads - join your colleagues today and start conducting reviews!”

Get more information via the AWS Online Tech Talks on youtube.

Contents of a Well-Architected Review

A Well-Architected Review is a review, not an audit: getting a workload reviewed is part of a continuous improvement process. It’s a mechanism to gauge where a customer is during his voyage to the Cloud, not a strict checklist.

Audiences are business and technical stakeholders responsible for a specific workload. Optionally an AWS solution architect may attend (if cleared by customer).

In 4-6 hours (depending on the size of the workload) the customer presents their workload in detail and a specifically certified consultant from kreuzwerker asks detailed questions about the workload. kreuzwerker conducts an on-site, Well-Architected Review free of charge and documents the findings using the AWS Well-Architected Review Tool in your * workloads account.

During the review your* technical stakeholders should be able to present / draw detailed technical diagrams and answer questions about technical architecture and processes. Business stakeholders should be able to present the business case and be able to prioritize review directions accordingly.

Twenty-four hours after the review we will send you* a presentation about detailed critical and quickwin findings and an appropriate remediation roadmap.

If you decide to order payed remediations from kreuzwerker that finish 30 days after the presentation, you will receive up to 5000 USD in credit from AWS - if you decide against a remediation, the review workshop will remain free of charge.

kreuzwerker will also assist you in securing credit-based funding for remediations and/or business line extensions from AWS where applicable. Contact us!