Improving Operational Readiness Through AWS
Operational Readiness is vital for your company’s continued growth and productivity levels. Using the AWS Well-Architected Framework, you can maintain and improve your level of operational readiness.
Operational Readiness Review
The AWS Well-Architected Framework recommends scheduling regular reviews to test the operational readiness of your workload, applications, processes, procedures and teams.
Through this review, you can make sure everything in your company is running smoothly, and any new workloads are ready to go live. Regular inspections also allow you to catch recently developed risks and fix them before going live, rather than having to backtrack.
Viewing your Workload as Code
The Well-Architected Framework allows you to view your entire workload as code, including your applications, infrastructure, policies, governance and operations.
Translating everything into code allows you to reduce or even eliminate human error.
Prepare: An Operational Excellence Best Practice
Prepare your workload. Have a clear idea of what your end goal is, and exactly how your workloads and applications will achieve it.
When designing your workload, be sure to include the ability for self-reporting. It helps your teams to easily and quickly access all the information they need.
Create a consistent process to use during every Operational Review. You can compare results directly if you maintain the same test environment.
Best Practices to Improve Your Operational Readiness
Use version controlled repositories within your workload to track changes, distribute new versions, detect changes, and quickly reverse changes. In case of a failure, integrated version control allows you to return to an earlier edition of the code or procedure.
Test and validate all changes, even the small ones. By testing at every step, you can identify any problem before it creates havoc. Automate the testing to mitigate human error.
Ensure design standards are the same for all teams. Standard designs, operating practices, checklists and rules make it easier to review your operational readiness across the whole company.
Automate as much as possible, including configuration management, patch management, and build and deploy systems.
Automation allows testing at precise, regular intervals makes changes easier to implement and reduces the amount of effort needed from your team.
Change How you Make Changes
An essential part of the Operational Excellence pillar is making frequent, small, and reversible changes. In addition to helping your overall workload, this concept also improves your operational readiness.
Compliance with AWS Well-Architected Framework Guidelines
The best way to improve your operational readiness is to comply with all the guidelines in the Well-Architected Framework. WOLK can help you by performing a Well-Architected Review.
After WOLK highlights any high-risk items and remediates them, you can continue to improve your operational readiness by using the AWS Well-Architected Framework.