Interactive Cloud Architecture Designs

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A picture is worth a thousand words

Very true…Be it Data Flow Diagrams, Process Flow Diagrams or Architecture diagrams, they are powerful pictures which succinctly communicates the bird’s eye view of the topic. These diagrams are often a great way to represent the overall design, deployment and topology. They help us to visualize either the infrastructure or any specific process.

Today we are discussing about how efficiently and quickly you can make Cloud Architecture diagrams. Creating cloud architecture diagrams is often complex and daunting task.

To make the architectural drawing process easier, the cloud vendors like AWS, Azure & GCP provides their own set of toolkit, ranging from PowerPoint templates, Visio stencils, Sketch templates etc.

AWS Provides PowerPoint templates, Visio stencils & Sketch toolkit. Refer here.
Azure provides a package (stencils, SVGs) with set of symbols/icons to facilitate the cloud architecture drawing

  • AWS: Provides PowerPoint templates, Visio stencils & Sketch toolkit. Refer here.
  • Azure: Downloadable package (stencils, SVG/PNG) with set of symbols/icons to facilitate the cloud architecture drawing. Refer here.
  • GCP: Google provides Google Slides template, PowerPoint template, downloadable SVG/PNG icons. Refer here.
  • Oracle Cloud: Oracle provides PowerPoint templates, Visio stencils & SVGs. Refer here.

Lately, Oracle has come up with it’s own Toolkit for drawing interactive Architectures. It is known as OCI Designer Toolkit (OKIT). The tool is open-source and provides web-based rapid design & prototyping of OCI infrastructure. Refer my blog post for further details.

Besides that there are number of SaaS tools available to design interactive cloud architectures. They are outlined below.

AWS Diagram Tools
ArcentryCacooCloudockit
CreatlyCloudcraftCloudviz.io
Draw.ioFigmaGliffy
Hava.ioHyperglanceLucidchart
Sketchboard.ioVisualParadigm Online
Azure Diagram Tools
ArcentryCacooCloudockit
Draw.ioFigmaHava.io
HyperglanceLucidchartVisualParadigm Online
GCP Diagram Tools
ArcentryCacooCloudockit
Draw.ioFigmaHava.io
Simplediagrams*VisualParadigm Online
* Simple diagram templates are available on GCP site.
For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)
VisualParadigm Online

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