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Using Windows Azure Shapes to Visualize Cloud Diagrams

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Using Windows Azure Shapes to Visualize Cloud Diagrams

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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.


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Seems like Visio isn't getting much love or attention these days, not that I'm saying it's dead or dying just that it's not the new shiny right now. So anyway, when I saw this and since the cloud IS the new shiny, well then there you go!


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