Normally when I diagram a solution for a customer, I use whatever they are comfortable with. I do most of my work these days in OneNote, especially when it’s an Architecture Design Session (ADS), since I can capture notes, handwriting, drawings, web pages, whiteboards, camera shots and even voice. In fact you can search on most of those.
Simplicity is the rule – I just want to capture enough data to move to the next phase of the project and ensure everyone understands what we are doing. When we get to that next phase, I like to use Visio. It’s a vector-based drawing and diagraming tool, which means you can zoom in or out a great deal without a loss of definition, in most cases. For complicated diagrams, this is essential.
The basic shapes in Visio are fine – and there are some computer and network shapes I use there all the time. But I wanted something that would show the basic parts of Windows Azure, from our IaaS to our PaaS to the SaaS shapes, as well as security federation providers like Google or Yahoo that you can leverage in Azure.
So I created some shapes, and I’ll share them here.
Here’s the link to the file on my SkyDrive – understand that these are from Buck Woody, NOT Microsoft. They are neither official nor approved, and if they cause your machine to break Microsoft isn’t liable for that: http://sdrv.ms/QjalVR
Disclaimer, for people who need to be told this sort of thing:
Never trust any software packages, including those that you find here, until you understand exactly what it does and how it will act on your systems. Always check the script on a test system or Virtual Machine, not a production system. Yes, there are always multiple ways to do things, and this tool may not work in every situation, for everything. It’s just a graphic, people. All code on this site is performed by a professional stunt driver on a closed course. Your mileage may vary. Void where prohibited. Offer good for a limited time only. Keep out of reach of small children. Do not operate heavy machinery while using this software. If you experience blurry vision, indigestion or diarrhea during the operation of this software, see a physician immediately.