Our guest contributor for today’s blog is Pankaj Srivastava, Senior Director of Azure Business Strategy.
Cloud services have opened the door to a new era of customer success, empowering them to build with the unprecedented scale and flexibility that cloud offers. We regularly hear stories from partners about how their customers are using Microsoft Azure to optimize and innovate in ways not previously possible. As these cloud services become a larger share of organizations’ IT strategies, it is our responsibility to come alongside and help them establish standards of excellence so they can realize benefits in a smart and secure way.
To do this more effectively, Microsoft has completed a comprehensive refresh of the Azure Well-Architected Framework (WAF) for designing and running optimized workloads on Azure. As announced at Microsoft Ignite 2023, it is now available to partners and customers.
Drawing on learnings from over 10,000 engagements, the updated framework contains guidance for making architectural trade-offs in cloud workloads as well as much more precise instruction on how users can implement this guidance within the context of their organization. To leverage this guidance more effectively within your engagements, you can apply the Well-Architected Review, which has also gone through a massive update reflecting the WAF refresh.