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

Performance Efficiency Pillar - AWS Well-Architected Framework

Publication date: October 3, 2023 (Document revisions)


This whitepaper focuses on the performance efficiency pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. The scope of this document is to provide guidance that helps customers use cloud resources efficiently to meet their business requirements, and maintain that efficiency as demand changes and technologies evolve.


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. The guidance and best practices in this document are spread across five key focus areas that serve as guiding principles for building performance efficient cloud solutions on AWS. These focus areas are:

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.