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Implement security best practices with the Cloud Adoption Security Review

The Cloud Adoption Security Review helps to implement the Secure methodology in the Cloud Adoption Framework by providing security recommendations based on questions and selected answers made by stakeholders within a customer.

Build workloads with confidence using proven best practices

Actionable & simple-to-use deep technical resources to design workloads that show results

Know where to focus to optimize workloads

Get to know the Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework

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Leverage how-to guides and reference materials through Well-Architected Framework documentation


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Assess workload architecture across the five pillars with the Well-Architected Review


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Learn how to build great solutions with the Well-Architected Framework


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Manage and optimize your cloud costs to focus on what matters most

Monitor and analyze your Azure bill. Set budgets, allocate spending to your teams and projects, and forecast costs for future investments.

Cost optimize your Azure workloads with best practices for Azure resource management and workload design and architecture. Save with Azure offers and licensing terms.

Put cost controls and guardrails in place in your Azure environment to allow your teams to go fast while complying with your spending policies and objectives.

Learn more about cost optimization on Azure.

Design and operate mission-critical systems with confidence

Define availability and recovery requirements based on decomposed workloads and business needs.

Use architectural best practices to identify possible failure points in your proposed/existing architecture and determine how the application will respond to failure.

Test with simulations and forced failovers to test both detection and recovery from various failures.

Deploy the application consistently using reliable and repeatable processes.

Monitor application health to detect failures, monitor indicators of potential failures, and gauge the health of your applications.

Finally, respond to failures and disasters by determining how best to address it based on established strategies.

Help your customers build and manage proactively secured workloads in Azure

Learn how your customers can obtain comprehensive tools, training, and best practice guidance to detect, respond, and protect against security threats across Azure environments.

Along with compliance, reliability, privacy, and transparency—security is a core tenet of our trusted cloud commitments. We know that customer trust is earned, and must be maintained across these areas—not just by saying the right thing, but doing the right thing.

Protect your customers and organization with multilayered security across datacenters, infrastructure, and operations. Azure is the cloud to trust, backed by an investment of more than USD1 billion in research and development, in addition to 3,500 security experts, monitoring and safeguarding your data. 

Secured workloads require more than a secure foundation—they are only as secure as their weakest link. Customers need to consider their workload security as much as their platform security, when designing and managing workloads on Azure.

Prioritize scalability with design and implementation, to lower maintenance costs, increase customer agility, and improve user experience

Design architectures with performance and scalability, and provide an optimal and cost-effective experience for customers. Architectures should match resource capacity to demand for performance and scalability, adjusting to ongoing changes in demand for services.

Performance efficiency matches application resource capacity to demand—scaling resources, identifying and optimizing bottlenecks, and optimizing application code for peak performance.

Enhance the scalability and performance of your application, by:

  • Scaling up (add more resources to an instance) and scaling out (add more instances to a service)
  • Optimizing network performance
  • Optimizing storage performance
  • Identifying performance bottlenecks in applications

Ensure your applications run effectively across infrastructures, so customers benefit from an optimized experience

Implement modern development practices like DevOps, and enable faster development and deployment cycles. Detect failures and problems, and minimize customer impact by deploying automation to remove variance and error, while increasing operational agility.

Ensure full visibility into applications that are running, and maintain the best user experience for customers. Improve development practices, and enable more agile release management, so your business can quickly adjust to changes. By optimizing operational capabilities, you enable faster development and release cycles, and create an improved experience for users.

Drive operational excellence in architectures, by:

  • Designing, building, and orchestrating with modern practices
  • Using monitoring and analytics to gain operational insights
  • Using automation to reduce effort and error
  • Using testing in your application deployment and ongoing operations

'Well-Architected' video series on Channel9

  • Well Architected: Introduction
  • Cost Optimization
  • Reliability

Architect successful workloads on Azure | Introduction

David Stanford joins David Blank-Edelman to talk about architecting successful workloads on Azure using the Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework.

This is video #1 of a fantastic 4-part module.


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Start optimizing your Azure costs | Cost Optimization

Dante Rasera joins David Blank-Edelman to discuss Azure cost optimization. Understand how to gain cost visibility and awareness, eliminate cloud waste, and modernize your architecture.

This is episode #1 of a fantastic 3-part module.

Watch here

Start improving the reliability of your Azure workloads | Reliability

David Steele joins David Blank-Edelman to discuss how you can start improving the reliability of your Azure workloads.
This is episode #1 of a fantastic 3-part module.

Watch here

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