Introducing Azure Well-Architected Framework for Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things (IoT) projects are high in complexity, and this complexity can increase substantially over time. While IoT is widely adopted in organizations, only a quarter of those IoT projects are in use, while many fail in the proof-of-concept stage. Companies cite a lack of knowledge and technical complexity as many of the challenges preventing them from using IoT more and developing new IoT solutions.

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IoT Signals Edition 3 – October 2021

Azure Well-Architected for IoT was built by a deeply technical team of architects, consultants and developers who work daily with Microsoft’s customers and partners on their IoT solutions. This team sought to synthesize their experience of designing and deploying successful IoT projects into actionable recommendations for all our customers. Well-Architected for IoT is essentially the distillation of the knowledge and experience of our experts in IoT.

The Azure Well-Architected Framework is a set of guiding tenets that can be used to improve how you build, deliver and operate great solutions. The Azure Well-Architected Framework is divided into five pillars of architectural best practices: cost management, operational excellence, performance efficiency, reliability, and security. These pillars help you effectively and consistently optimize your workloads against Azure best practices and the specific business priorities that are relevant to you or your customers’ cloud journey

What is Well-Architected for IoT?

The Azure Well-Architected Framework for IoT is made up of written guidance and the Well-Architected Review for IoT.

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IoT Workload Guidance

The IoT workload guidance outlines the core principles that facilitate a well-architected IoT solution and provides recommendations for each of the 5 pillars of the Well-Architected Framework. This guidance highlights the key considerations and high-level principles for an IoT workload, design considerations to help you enable those principles, and tradeoffs to consider in order to meet your business goals.

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IoT Workload Assessment

The Azure Well-Architected Review is designed to help you evaluate your workloads against the latest set of Azure best practices. It provides you with a suite of actionable guidance that you can use to improve your workload in the areas that matter most to your business.

The Well-Architected Review for IoT is designed to tailor the recommendations to your IoT project needs. One of the important elements of the Well-Architected Framework is that it considers tradeoffs among pillars. Understanding what the key considerations and tradeoffs, for example between cost and availability/redundancy, are key to making a practically effective cloud IoT solution.

You can also evaluate your IoT workload anytime during your development process, from creating a pre-deployment checklist to refining your solution architecture to optimize along one of the pillars, such as reliability or cost optimization.

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Once you complete the assessment, you’re provided with a score for each pillar that you chose to evaluate and an aggregate score across the entire workload. You also receive a set of actionable recommendations that you can follow to better align the workload with your business priorities. This score is a tool to help track improvements as recommendations are being implemented.

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These recommendations, coupled with Azure Advisor insights, can then be integrated into an operational process for continuous workload improvement. Scripts are provided to automate the import of these recommendations in your DevOps approach (Azure DevOps or GitHub), triage the newly established backlog and help you prioritize the implementation of chosen improvements.

Get Started with Well-Architected for IoT

You can get started with the Azure Well-Architected Framework for IoT:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-architecture-blog/introducing-azure-well-architected-framework-for-internet-of/ba-p/3288539

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