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Some Thoughts on AWS Well-Architected Custom Lenses

The AWS Well-Architected Tool allows users to create their own Custom Lenses. I have thoughts that I wrote up in this Twitter thread .

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on the @awscloud Cloud Operations & Migrations blog, @MahanthJayadeva has a great post up about Custom Lenses in teh AWS Well-Architected Framework

read that at

some thoughts

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@awscloud @MahanthJayadeva Custom Lenses add your own questions to the AWS Well-Architected Tool

remember, the Tool is basically a managed, versioned Q&A system to help your teams work through various architectural chocies

a Custom Lens means your questions appear alongside AWS’

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@awscloud @MahanthJayadeva the Custom Lens go a bit further than just questions. you can actually create your own PILLARS as well

there are 6 pillars from @awscloud:

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

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@awscloud @MahanthJayadeva …you can also add your own questions to default six pillars.

Custom Lenses are an extrememly flexibile framework for the @awscloud Well-Architected Tool

the process is explained in details in the blog

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@awscloud @MahanthJayadeva but the tl:dr is:
  • write up your questions w/answers and references in a specific JSON format
  • upload to S3
  • add to the Well-Architected Tool

after a bit of permissioning, teams in your org can use your questions in the Tool

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@awscloud @MahanthJayadeva WHY would you want to do this?

lots of reasons, mainly though because you have specific concerns that you want an easy way of reminding teams of

this is a great way to get some key questions addressed throughout the development process

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@awscloud @MahanthJayadeva …assuming you teams have adopted the Tool.

and that’s really the downside I see. not enough teams are using the @awscloud Well-Architected Framework, let alone the tool for this to really change the game

so, my top tip: USE THE FRAMEWORK!

/ #cloud #devops