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Questions you need to ask for Well Architected Sustainability

Last November, we watched for a move from AWS on sustainability. Pre:Invent we published a post on how you can deliver sustainable technology through serverless along with a 5 Step Plan for a sustainable solution.

At AWS re:Invent 2021, we were delighted to see AWS announcing a new Sustainability Pillar as part of their Well Architected Framework. With this new sustainability pillar, we now have the proven guidance, advice and questions to leverage on our path to delivering Well Architected Sustainable solutions for your aws well architected framework questions.

AWS – Shared Sustainability Model

Sustainability Questions

I did a review of the Sustainability Pillar white paper. And I pulled together a list of “How do you?” sustainability questions. You can start applying these to your workloads as part of your Well Architected Review process.

Region selection for sustainability

The next question is: how do you choose a Region to implement your workloads. And how do you choose a region that is based on both your business requirements and sustainability goals?

Sustainable user behavior patterns

Software and architecture patterns for sustainability

Data patterns

Hardware patterns

Sustainable Development and deployment process

Well Architected MindGraph

I have leveraged mind maps throughout my career. But as Simon Wardley points out, they are not real maps, so I now call them mindgraphs :-).

I have used Well Architected mindgraph heavily in my own work over the past few years to ask better questions and with the addition of the sustainability questions that will continue.

The xmind format of the Mindgraph is available here, PNG version here

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