Your company’s IT architecture is getting more complex, and changing faster than ever, especially in the cloud! There are many tools now available that automatically detect, monitor and visualize your IT infrastructure, taking the pain out of creating and maintaining these diagrams by hand.

But, what happens when you need to document a snapshot of your architecture, and record how it changes over time for data security purposes or certification audits? These snapshot diagrams need to be stored in a content management system, for example using the draw.io app for Atlassian’s Confluence, so they can be tracked over time by your auditors. Or perhaps you want to explore your options and see if you can optimize it? You probably don’t want to do that on the visualization of your ‘live’ system.

That’s where draw.io comes in!

Supported cloud architectures

Cloudockit can scan your Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), VMWare and Hyper-V components and automatically visualize them. Related or dependent components are automatically grouped into a sensible and readable layout, and can be exported automatically to draw.io using the correct shape libraries for the platform(s) that you are using.

Automated and scheduled diagram export

You can even schedule a recurring job within Cloudockit to automatically generate your draw.io diagrams and supporting system documentation at regular intervals – perfect for satisfying those audit requirements. Plus, different diagrams can be generated from the same infrastructure: for example. one for your network specialists and another for your application engineers.

Export from Cloudockit to draw.io

To generate your diagrams, simply choose the platform you want Cloudockit to document, select Draw.io and click Generate, then follow the steps to log in and give Cloudockit access to scan your Cloud infrastructure.

Edit architecture diagrams in draw.io

Once you have the draw.io diagram of your cloud architecture, you can edit it with draw.io, and store it for safekeeping in Confluence or Google Drive. Don’t forget, you can also embed draw.io diagrams in Google Docs with our free add-on.

We update our cloud shape libraries and templates soon after the respective platforms make them available.