Application Architecture on Microsoft Azure
Resources for building applications that use Microsoft Azure. This includes tools to help you draw diagrams to visually describe software systems.
Microsoft patterns & practices has published the book Cloud Design Patterns which is available both on MSDN and in PDF download. There is also a large format poster available which lists all the patterns.
Microsoft publishes a set of high level solution architectures showing how to build specific types of systems using Microsoft products.
Previously, Microsoft published a set of blueprints showing example architectures. Those have been replaced by the solution architectures mentioned previously and the blueprint link has been redirected to point to them. If you need access to the previous blueprints materials for some reason, please email CnESymbols@microsoft.com with your request.
The blueprints and solution architectures diagrams both use parts of the Cloud and Enterprise Symbol Set.
The 3D versions of the now defunct Microsoft Architecture Blueprints were initially created in a non-Microsoft tool. A Visio 2013 (and later) template shipped on Aug 5, 2015 as part of a Microsoft Architecture certification course distributed on EDX.ORG.
The template is also available outside the course.
- View the training video first so you know what it can do
- Download the Microsoft 3d Blueprint Visio Template
- Download the Cloud and Enterprise Symbols to use with the 3D template.
Email us at CnESymbols@microsoft.com for specific questions not answered by the training materials or to give feedback. The template is no longer under active development, but it is still useful and relevant because it can use any PNG or the Cloud and Enterprise Symbols, which are updated.
View the Visio and symbols training video and then download the Cloud and Enterprise Symbol set to help create technical materials that describe Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server and more. You can use the symbols in architecture diagrams, training materials, presentations, datasheets, infographics, whitepapers and even 3rd party books if the book trains people to use Microsoft products. However, they are not meant for use in user interfaces.
The CnE symbols are in Visio, SVG, and PNG format. Additional instructions on how to use easily use the symbols in PowerPoint are included in the set.
The symbol set ships quarterly and is updated as new services are released.
Additional symbols for Microsoft Office and related technologies are available in the Microsoft Office Visio stencil, though they are not optimized for architectural diagrams like the CnE set is.
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