Gartner Research

Architecting an Amazon Web Services Account Governance and VPC Design Strategy

Published: 15 May 2018

ID: G00347966

Analyst(s): Elias Khnaser , Jim Burton


Designing an effective AWS account governance and VPC design strategy provides technical professionals the ability to effectively scale, avoid sprawl, reduce networking and management complexities, and automate. This research offers several AWS account and VPC design options and best practices.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Fundamentals of AWS Governance
    • Current AWS Governance Maturity Level
    • Challenges of Having a Single AWS Account
  • Framework Step No. 1: Assessing IT Operational Styles
    • Consolidated
    • Divided
    • Associated
    • Repeatable
  • Framework Step No. 2: Implementing an AWS Account and VPC Hierarchal Structure Based on an IT Operational Style
    • Option 1: Consolidated
    • Option 2: Divided
    • Option 3: Associated
    • Option 4: Repeatable
    • Option 5: Gartner Commonly Observed
  • Framework Step No. 3: Automating AWS Account and VPC Life Cycles
    • AWS Organizations API and CloudFormation Templates
    • CloudFormation StackSets
    • AWS Config
    • Scripting
    • What Cannot Be Automated?
  • Framework Step No. 4: Securing AWS Accounts According to Best Practices


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