Mastering the AWS Well-Architected Framework

By Mark Nunnikhoven

Learn the principles of building secure, efficient, cloud-enabled applications

4.5 hours
  • 23 Lessons
  • 1 Course Quiz

About the course

Hello Cloud Gurus,

The Well-Architected Framework is a fantastic set of resources from AWS that can help you get the most out of the AWS Cloud. The challenge is understanding how the five pillars of the framework – Operational Excellence, Cost Optimization, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, and Security – work together.

In this course taught by AWS Community Hero Mark Nunnikhoven, you’ll learn the key points of the framework and how to apply them to your organization. Using real-world problems to pull the framework together, this course will arm you with the knowledge you need to take your building skills to the next level.

In this course, you’ll learn:

  • How to combine the five pillars of the framework to maximize the advantages of the AWS Cloud
  • Common AWS best practices drawn from real-world situations
  • How to integrate security into your applications without sacrificing performances or cost
  • How architecture choices impact deployment and maintenance costs
  • The principles of effective monitoring and automation in the AWS cloud

This course focuses on the principles and concepts in the Well-Architected Framework. We’ll use easy to understand architectures to illustrates these points but we won’t be writing code or building anything in this course.

No prior coding experience is required but a comfort with development concepts is recommended. Feel confident in boosting your skills in building operationally excellent, cost-optimized, reliable, efficient and secure architectures in the cloud and keep being awesome, Cloud Gurus!

  • Chapter 1 2 Lessons Being Well-Architected 17:19



    General Design Principles

  • Chapter 2 6 Lessons The Framework 1:23:50

    The 5 Pillars


    Operational Excellence


    Cost Optimization




    Performance Efficiency



  • Chapter 3 5 Lessons Putting The Framework To Work 47:18

    Applying the Framework


    Modern Application Development


    Operations, GameDays and Incident Response


    Security - Identity


    Security - Encryption

  • Chapter 4 5 Lessons Change Is Constant 1:11:03

    Making Hard Choices


    Evaluating New Services


    The High Performance Computing Lens


    The Serverless Application Lens


    The IoT Lens

  • Chapter 5 3 Lessons Evaluating Your Design 32:45

    Well-Architected Reviews


    The AWS Well-Architected Tool - Introduction


    The AWS Well-Architected Tool - In Action

  • Chapter 6 3 Lessons Next Steps 30:41

    Core Concepts Review


    Continuous Learning


    End-of-course Quiz

    15:00 Quiz

What you will need

  • Cloud 101 knowledge

  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner level or up is recommended.

What you can expect

  • You will gain knowledge of how to optimize applications to take advantage of AWS Cloud strengths.

  • You will develop an understanding of how to integrate security into the fabric of your application models.

  • You will become familiar with how to select an architecture and operations model that fits your business needs.

  • You will gain a deeper understanding of how various services complement each other to provide the overall solution to your business challenges

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