As organizations spend more time in the cloud, they begin to understand how their cloud usage seemingly evolves endlessly over time. How can you continuously work on security, reliability, and efficiency in your cloud infrastructure while remaining cost-effective? A general answer to this question is the Well-Architected Framework, often abbreviated as WAF.
When companies first start using the cloud, they are often struck by how easy it is to get started. However, the pitfall is that many inexperienced users set up numerous services without fully harnessing the potential of these services. This ends up being costly and inefficient, often leading to compliance gaps and security concerns.
It's essential to acknowledge that human errors, suboptimal design, and a lack of long-term thinking are not only realities but also common. The alternative is to slow down deployment with lengthy quality processes, which can negate one of the significant benefits of the cloud – speed. When you eventually realize that your cloud environment is not fully optimized and that the situation will worsen if left unattended, you start investing in continuous cloud optimization. This is where the Well-Architected Framework comes into play.
Companies with a cloud infrastructure built and maintained according to the pillars of the Well-Architected Framework enjoy more efficient, robust, secure, and reliable cloud operations with high performance.