Azure Well-Architected Framework

The Azure Well-Architected Framework is a set of quality-driven tenets, architectural decision points, and review tools intended to help solution architects build a technical foundation for their workloads.

Azure Well-Architected Framework

Design workloads that achieve business value over time.

As solution architects, you want to build reliable, secure, and performant workloads that maximize the value of investment in Azure infrastructure. Start with the Pillars, and align your design choices with the principles. Then, build a strong foundation for your workload based on technical design areas. Finally, use review tools to assess your readiness in deploying to production.

Diagram that shows the reference architecture for a basic web application in Azure.

Explore the Azure App Service guide:

  • Azure App Service (Web Apps) is a platform as a service (PaaS) compute solution that you can use to host your workload on the Azure platform.
  • The fully managed service abstracts the underlying compute and offloads to the platform the responsibility of building, deploying, and scaling.
  • Find checklists that help you assess architectural concerns and design strategies that align with the Well-Architected Framework.
  • Consider recommendations and tradeoffs as you design your workload on Azure App Service.


  • Reliability

    Ensures that the workload meets the uptime and recovery targets by building redundancy and resiliency at scale.

  • Security

    Protect the workload from attacks by maintaining confidentiality and data integrity.

  • Cost Optimization

    Adopt an optimization mindset by at organizational, architectural, and tactical levels to keep your spending within budget.

  • Operational Excellence

    Reduce issues in production by building holistic observability and automated systems.

  • Performance Efficiency

    Adjust to changes in demands placed on the workload by through horizontal scaling and testing changes before deploying to production.


  • Oracle on IaaS

    Host Oracle workloads on Azure, which includes not only Oracle Databases, but also applications such as Siebel, Peoplesoft, JD Edwards.

  • SAP

    Evaluate, design, and optimize an SAP workload from premigration to operations.

  • Mission-critical

    Design and operationalize workloads that are expected to be always available and resilient to failures.

  • Hybrid

    Build applications running across on-premises, multicloud, and the edge, ensuring uncompromised security and developer agility.

  • Sustainability

    Plan your path forward, improve your sustainability posture, and create new business value while reducing your operational footprint.

  • IoT

    Resolve architectural challenges for designing, building, and operating IoT solutions according to your requirements and constraints.

  • Azure VMware Solution

    Relocate legacy application virtual machines to Azure VMware Solution as a staging area for the first phase of your migration and modernization strategy.

See example workloads that apply Well-Architected tenets in the Azure Architecture Center

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