There is an enormous number of tools out there to help you diagram your cloud architecture. And many of them are free, or have enough free features, to make your life a whole lot easier. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the top cloud diagramming tools.
A go-to WYSIWYG cloud diagramming tool. Based on asking three quick questions and providing straight to several template options. Contains quick sharing options for Google Drive and OneDrive. The interface at times can be a bit busy with icons that are not particularly well organized.
Has a good set of templates with recommendations for how to use them and use cases. Good range of export options, including vector graphics format, along with a cropping tool. Lucidchart is loaded to the brim with features, however, it has some responsiveness issues as a web product.
Cloudcraft is a very rich AWS diagram generator, from the visual layout of architecture to reporting and analysis like cost structure. It’s good for rendering three-dimensional layouts. Offers additional context (such as the cost of a number of EC2 instances) on the flowchart.
Definitely a pro tool with a somewhat sparse layout, and it has a bit of a learning curve. Does a good job on object inheritance such as automatically maintaining text positioning when adjusting sizes. Although has an extremely sparse interface.
Draws network diagrams with the built-in topology drawing tool tailored to IT infrastructure design. Allows you to make diagrams for on-premises and cloud architecture. And as a nice bonus – collaborating on diagrams with team members, in real-time.
A minimalist WYSIWYG diagramming product provides layer-centric design with really intuitive linking features. Good for quick sketches, but will not be great for more robust or professional diagramming.
Snappy and clean with a large library of common icons and images you might use in a diagram with a search function. Requires login with GitHub or LinkedIn and has limited export options (no SVG).
Gliffy has a crisp, responsive interface baked around frequent users with repeat needs. It has good layering tools and a wide array of templates for various diagramming purposes. Requires sign-up for exports.
Miro has a good Google image search tool baked into the board for slapping together a diagram. In fact, it has a large marketplace of connected apps that make it easier to plug into your workflow.
Simple Diagrams has a pretty good standard icon set and a much larger list of other top tools from around the Internet here! The interface is mostly intuitive, but somewhat lacking in the usability department.