Creating quality AWS (Amazon Web Services) diagrams is no walk in the park. Of course, you can create small diagrams with basic components like an EC2 Instance, a few S3 Buckets, and a VPC. However, when it comes to creating a diagram of your complete AWS account, it’s a whole new ball game. Multiple factors can affect the complexity of your AWS architecture diagrams.
Here are a few hints to draw outstanding AWS diagrams and impress your stakeholders!
This one is quite obvious because it is a natural way of creating diagrams. For example, we place the Elastic Load Balancer near the EC2 instance, which is also needed for the S3 storage bucket. Typically, we also create layered diagrams: one layer for all the Elastic Load Balancers and a separate layer for the networking components, like VPC and Route 53.
The diagram above is easy to read because it respects the following best practices:
A good AWS architecture diagram provides an accurate overview of the components in your accounts and shows where the dependencies are. It also saves you the hassle of reviewing the documentation every time you need more details.
Most well-known diagramming tools allow you to add data to your shapes. Here are screenshots from diagrams.net and Visio that show how to add data.
It is crucial to adapt your diagrams to your stakeholders. The best way to achieve this is to find different ways to group your shapes and experiment with the level of detail. For example, if you draw a diagram for your network specialist, you should probably include networking details.
If you are an application specialist and want to display your components (including some related to VPC), you should draw something like this.
For convenience, we recommend using a well-established AWS diagramming tool that your staff is already familiar with. Here’s why:
Inaccurate or outdated AWS infrastructure diagrams present a serious risk as your stakeholders rely on them to make key decisions regarding strategy, cost management, and security.
But drawing AWS diagrams manually to keep track of your ever-changing cloud architecture can feel like an uphill battle. This approach is indeed time-consuming, and error-prone, and makes it nearly impossible to get a clear, accurate, and up-to-date overview of your assets.
This is where Cloudockit is a game changer, as it automatically generates your AWS architecture diagrams, saving you time and money.
Never miss updates or security breaches by having Cloudockit automatically refresh your diagrams. After you modify your AWS diagrams, Cloudockit will update the metadata of each shape without making any changes to your previous edits. If new components are detected during the scan, they will be automatically added to your diagrams.
With Cloudockit, you will never have to draw cloud architecture diagrams by hand again. You can now easily visualize your Amazon cloud architecture in a matter of minutes and stop worrying about missing vulnerabilities, compliance/security issues, misconfigurations, and cost overruns.
Cloudockit automatically generates diagrams with standard layouts, icons and shape data widely used by cloud architects. It also gives you the flexibility to edit your AWS infrastructure diagrams with Visio, diagrams.net (draw.io), and Lucidchart.
With our tailored diagrams, you can conveniently determine the layout of your AWS components based on the different links discovered. You also have the flexibility to save your preferred diagram settings as templates for ready access. To further simplify the process, Cloudockit automatically lists all the component types detected.