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AWS Well-Architected Review

Due to the ever-changing nature of the cloud, it’s extremely difficult for AWS customers to ensure that they are fully exploiting all the benefits while also running day to day operations.

This is where the Well-Architected Framework comes in - Amazon Web Services’ Well-Architected Framework has been developed to enable organisations to build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for their applications.

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Benefits of Well Architected Review

The Well Architected Review is a free architectural review based upon the AWS Well Architected Framework which provides a consistent measure of your architecture against AWS best practices and efficiencies.

The review will assess a business-critical workload against the framework’s five pillars:

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

By completing the review, we will identify opportunities to allow you to fully exploit the efficiency and reliability advantages of the cloud while also identifying areas for cost savings.

Decide which workload is most relevant and critical to review

Prepare the applicable data for review

Agree a date for review when your internal resources are available

Conduct the review, this generally takes about half a day

How Do We Do It?

To conduct the review, we only need a handful of things from you:

  • Decide which workload is most relevant and critical to review
  • Prepare the applicable data for review
  • Agree a date for review when your internal resources are available

Once a date has been agreed, a Capacitas Well Architected Lead will visit you at your office to conduct the review, this generally takes about half a day. All our Well Architected leads are certified AWS Professional Solution Architects and have also been directly trained by AWS to complete comprehensive architectural reviews.

Following the review, the Well Architected Lead will produce a report outlining the findings and areas of remediation. If you then decide to carry out the remediation you may be eligible for up to $5000 of AWS credit to help fund it.


Five Well Architected Pillars

Operational Excellence

The operational excellence pillar focuses on running and monitoring systems to deliver business value, and continually improving processes and procedures. Key topics include managing and automating changes, responding to events, and defining standards to successfully manage daily operations

Performance Efficiency

The performance efficiency pillar focuses on using IT and computing resources efficiently. Key topics include selecting the right resource types and sizes based on workload requirements, monitoring performance, and making informed decisions to maintain efficiency as business needs evolve.

Cost Optimization

Cost Optimization focuses on avoiding un-needed costs. Key topics include understanding and controlling where money is being spent, selecting the most appropriate and right number of resource types, analyzing spend over time, and scaling to meet business needs without overspending.


The reliability pillar focuses on the ability to prevent, and quickly recover from failures to meet business and customer demand. Key topics include foundational elements around setup, cross project requirements, recovery planning, and how we handle change.


The security pillar focuses on protecting information & systems. Key topics include confidentiality and integrity of data, identifying and managing who can do what with privilege management, protecting systems, and establishing controls to detect security events.

Read more about AWS Cost Optimisation.

Why Capacitas

Capacitas has a long history of enabling large organisations to improve system efficiency, reliability and cost across all industry verticals.

Capacitas will uncover all the optimisation and efficiency opportunities in your AWS platform, then structure and guide a roadmap of optimisation implementations into production that delivers the greatest and fastest ROI - with no risk to live service.

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We’ve been around for over 17 years and haven’t encountered a single enterprise cloud platform or datacentre where we haven’t been able to identify (often significant) optimisations.

Our “no savings - no fee” commercial model provides a risk-free way for you to engage.

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    "Capacitas have a uniquely analytical approach to modelling both cloud and Capex based infrastructure provision. Their thoughtful and actionable insights unlock both spend and performance based interventions supporting both architects and DevOps teams in optimization and forward planning for global scale services."

    Mark Gillett

    (Former) SVP Microsoft and COO at Skype

  • “Capacitas have helped us to de-risk major technology transformation programmes and ensure our spend in IT capacity is optimised.”

    Adrian Ball

    Head of Commercial Systems, easyJet



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