CDW's AWS Well-Architected

Ensuring Cloud Reliability and Efficiency

CDW's AWS Well-Architected Framework Offering

CDW is an Advanced AWS Partner and member of the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program. As a part of the Well-Architected Program CDW utilizes the Well-Architected framework that has been developed by AWS to assist our customers with building the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure possible for their applications. 

Best Practices Made Easy with CDW AWS Well-Architected

This framework provides a consistent approach for CDW to evaluate architectures while providing guidance around implementing designs that will scale with your application needs over time. The CDW AWS Well-Architected offering includes strategies to help you compare your workload against AWS best practices and obtain guidance to produce stable and efficient systems so you can focus on functional requirements.


What Will Be Evaluated

The Six Pillars of the AWS Architected Framework (listed below) are used as the basis for the Well-Architected Offering. These pillars are the foundation for all AWS Cloud Infrastructures and need to adhere to the best practices to ensure a secure and efficent infrastructure.

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.


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.


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.

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 sustainability pillar focuses on minimizing the environmental impacts of running cloud workloads. Key topics include a shared responsibility model for sustainability, understanding impact, and maximizing utilization to minimize required resources and reduce downstream impacts.


Who Is This For?

The CDW AWS Well-Architected offering is for organizations looking to gain an understanding of the pros and cons that apply to the decisions made when building and operating systems on AWS. CDW's Architects will utilize the guidance provided by the AWS Well-Architected Framework and measure your organization's architectures against proven best practices, and more rapidly identify areas that may need improvement.

CDW AWS Well-Architected

Our CDW Cloud Architects will work with your teams in two (2) 3-hour sessions that will focus on the following:

  • Establishing Goals
  • Identifying Workloads
  • Gathering data via: AWS Well-Architected tool
  • Evaluate the AWS architecture for high risk issues
  • Develop remediation recommendations
    Executive Briefing
    • Review of Well Architected Review Report
      • Outlining of services currently leveraged with future state recommendations across the 6-pillars.
    • Remediation recommendations
    • Roadmap

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