Performance Efficiency Pillar - AWS Well-Architected Framework - Performance Efficiency Pillar

Performance Efficiency Pillar - AWS Well-Architected Framework

Publication date: April 10, 2023 (Document revisions)


This whitepaper focuses on the performance efficiency pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. It provides guidance to help customers apply best practices in the design, delivery, and maintenance of AWS environments.

The performance efficiency pillar addresses best practices for managing production environments. This paper does not cover the design and management of non-production environments and processes, such as continuous integration or delivery.


The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of decisions you make while building workloads on AWS. Using the Framework helps you learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable workloads in the cloud. The Framework provides a way for you to consistently measure your architectures against best practices and identify areas for improvement. We believe that having well-architected workloads greatly increases the likelihood of business success.

The framework is based on six pillars:

  • Operational Excellence

  • Security

  • Reliability

  • Performance Efficiency

  • Cost Optimization

  • Sustainability

This paper focuses on applying the principles of the performance efficiency pillar to your workloads. In traditional, on-premises environments, achieving high and lasting performance is challenging. Using the principles in this paper will help you build architectures on AWS that efficiently deliver sustained performance over time.

This paper is intended for those in technology roles, such as chief technology officers (CTOs), architects, developers, and operations team members. After reading this paper, you’ll understand AWS best practices and strategies to use when designing a performant cloud architecture. This paper does not provide implementation details or architectural patterns. However, it does include references to appropriate resources.