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Gliffy is an easy-to-use diagramming app and GCP architecture diagram tool. Get started with a free trial in Gliffy Online or learn more about our Atlassian apps, then follow along with this tutorial to learn how to make your own Google Cloud architecture diagram. If you're not ready to start diagramming, check out our complete guide to cloud architecture diagrams or read up on What is Google Cloud Platform? for a great rundown of the basics.
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There are a few reasons to keep an up-to-date visualization of your GCP architecture. First, making cloud architecture diagrams is an important documentation practice that can help highly technical and non-technical stakeholders at your organization understand the structure that supports their day-to-day work. Second, it can help you plan for and execute changes to your network to stay ahead of your organization’s needs.
To make a Google Cloud architecture diagram, you’ll start by creating a new diagram and selecting More Shapes in the lower left, beneath the shapes panel. From here, select “Google Cloud Icons” to load in all the GCP architecture shapes you’ll need.
It can be helpful to draw in a rectangle or boundary that describes what’s taking place within your cloud instance. In the case of our diagram, we’ll have a zone for what’s taking place within Google Cloud, a zone for standard devices, and a zone for IoT devices.
You can change the style of these rectangles by clicking on the rectangle and then clicking the square icon that appears to open the edit shape properties menu. You can change the text placement and style in these rectangles by clicking the A icon to open the text properties menu.
Based on the tools you’re using, drag and drop the corresponding GCP shapes into your diagram. You can use the search bar in the upper right to easily find the shapes you need.
Not all your shapes will be part of the Google Cloud Platform. In this case, we’ll use shapes from the Network shape library to add IoT devices like smart outlets and speakers as well as standard devices like laptops to each column.
If the Network shape library isn’t available in the panel on the left, you can click More Shapes and then select Network from the shape library listed. This will add the shape library to your left panel in the app.
Use Gliffy’s Connector Tool in the toolbar to drag and drop lines between shapes. If information interacts with a group of tools or services that perform a similar function, it might be helpful to draw a box around those shapes and connect the arrow to that box, rather than drawing arrows to each service icon individually.
Save your diagram in Gliffy and use the share feature. By clicking the Embed tab, you can place an always-up-to-date diagram in the tools your team uses most.
That’s all it takes to make a Google Cloud architecture diagram! Gliffy is packed with features for software and IT teams, so when you sign up for a free trial, you’ll also be getting an easy way to make UML diagrams, database diagrams, and more. ‘