Every day experts at AWS assist customers in architecting systems to take advantage of best practices in the cloud. They work with you on making architectural trade-offs as your designs evolve. As you deploy these systems into live environments, they learn how well these systems perform and the consequences of those trade-offs.

Based on what AWS have learned we have created the AWS Well-Architected Framework, which provides a consistent set of best practices for customers and partners to evaluate architectures, and provides a set of questions you can use to evaluate how well an architecture is aligned to AWS best practices.

The AWS Well-Architected Framework is based on five pillars — operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization.

Download this white-paper to get a general idea of what the Well Architected Framework is and how it can help your organization.