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  • Get Started Architecting on AWS

    If you're new to AWS, or just want to brush up on best practices, start with these resources.

    AWS Well-Architected

    AWS Well-Architected provides a framework to help cloud architects build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient architectures.

    Are You Well-Architected?

    Establishing Your Cloud Foundation on AWS

    This guided path approach helps you build and evolve your AWS Cloud environment based on a consolidated set of definitions, scenarios, guidance, and automations.

    Establishing Your Cloud Foundation on AWS - Beyond Your Landing Zone

    Overview of AWS

    Explore this helpful resource outlining every AWS service at-hand to help you pick the right service for your architecture.

    An Introduction to AWS

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    Let’s Architect! Cost-Optimizing AWS Workloads

    In this blog post, we discuss architectural patterns, services, and best practices to design cost-optimized cloud workloads. We also identify solutions, such as the use of Graviton processors, for increased performance at lower price. Cost optimization is a continuous process that requires the identification of the right tools for each job, as well as the adoption of efficient designs for your system.

    The ML-based telemetry analytics solution architecture

    Let’s Architect! Security in Software Architectures

    In this blog post, we share some practices for protecting your workloads from the most common attacks, introduce the Zero Trust principle (you can learn how AWS itself is implementing it!), plus how to move to containers and/or alternative approaches for managing your secrets.

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    Designing a Hybrid AI/ML Data Access Strategy with Amazon SageMaker

    Over time, many enterprises have built an on-premises cluster of servers, accumulating data, and then procuring more servers and storage. They often begin their ML journey by experimenting locally on their laptops. Investment in artificial intelligence (AI) is at a different stage in every business organization. Some remain completely on-premises, others are hybrid (both on-premises and cloud), and the remaining have moved completely into the cloud for their AI and machine learning (ML) workloads.

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  • Build resilient architectures
  • Operational Resilience

    Learn how to keep your system running during times of disruption or stress with these resources.

    Reliability Pillar - AWS Well-Architected Framework

    The reliability pillar focuses on workloads performing their intended functions and how to recover quickly from failure to meet demands.

    Designing for Reliability with AWS Well-Architected

    Building Resilient Well-Architected Workloads Using AWS Resilience Hub

    Learn how to use AWS Resilience Hub to assess and improve the resilience of your architecture based on its actionable recommendations.

    Introduction to AWS Resilience Hub

    AWS Architectural Resilience Days

    At AWS Architectural Resilience Days, learn architectural best practices, services, and strategies that will help you improve the resilience of your workloads.

    Incorporating Continuous Resilience in Your Development Ecosystem

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The AWS Architecture Center provides reference architecture diagrams, vetted architecture solutions, Well-Architected best practices, patterns, icons, and more. This expert guidance was contributed by cloud architecture experts from AWS, including AWS Solutions Architects, Professional Services Consultants, and Partners.

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    Design reliable, scalable, and secure data storage architectures.

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