Defining a Workload - AWS Well-Architected Tool

Defining a Workload

The next step is to define a workload.

To define a workload

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS Well-Architected Tool console at

  2. If this is your first time using AWS WA Tool, you see a page that introduces you to the features of the service. In the Define a workload section, choose Define workload.

    Alternately, in the left navigation pane, choose Workloads and choose Define workload.

    For details on how AWS uses your workload data, choose Why does AWS need this data, and how will it be used?

  3. In the Name box, enter a name for your workload.


    The name must be between 3 and 100 characters. At least three characters must not be spaces. Workload names must be unique. Spaces and capitalization are ignored when checking for uniqueness.

  4. In the Description box, enter a description of the workload. The description must be between 3 and 250 characters.

  5. In the Review owner box, enter the name, email address, or identifier for the primary group or individual that owns the workload review process.

  6. In the Environment box, choose the environment for your workload:

    • Production – Workload runs in a production environment.

    • Pre-production – Workload runs in a pre-production environment.

  7. In the Regions section, choose the Regions for your workload:

    • AWS Regions – Choose the AWS Regions where your workload runs, one at a time.

    • Non-AWS regions – Enter the names of the regions outside of AWS where your workload runs. You can specify up to five unique regions, separated by commas.

    Use both options if appropriate for your workload.

  8. (Optional) In the Account IDs box, enter the IDs of the AWS accounts associated with your workload. You can specify up to 100 unique account IDs, separated by commas.

  9. (Optional) In the Architectural design box, enter the URL for your architectural design.

  10. (Optional) In the Industry type box, choose the type of industry associated with your workload.

  11. (Optional) In the Industry box, choose the industry that best matches your workload.

  12. Choose Next.

    If a required box is blank or if a specified value is not valid, you must correct the issue before you can continue.

  13. Choose the lenses that apply to this workload.

    • AWS Well-Architected Framework – This lens provides a set of foundation questions for you to consider for all of your cloud architectures. This lens is applied to all workloads.

    • Serverless Lens – Select this lens for a set of additional questions to consider for your serverless application workloads.

  14. Choose Define workload.

    If a required box is blank or if a specified value is not valid, you must correct the issue before your workload is defined.