Lucidchart Cloud Insights Release Updates

Bookmark this page to stay up to date with new features, resources supported for import, and which resources you can automatically generate line connections between if a relationship exists. We're always looking for ways to improve your experience with Lucidchart Cloud Insights, so if you have feedback please share it with our Product Development Team here.

July 2020

Cloud Insights panel moved to the right dock:  The Cloud Insights panel is now accessible on the right hand side of the canvas. This move makes the Explore, Layout, and Data tabs all accessible in one place. This simplifies interacting with and customizing your cloud architecture diagram.

Right click menu options: To more easily make layout changes to your cloud architecture diagram, you can now right click on a resource and see options to: view layout settings, summarize shapes, or hide all icons for that specific resource type.

  • API Gateway
  • Virtual Network Peering
  • Virtual Network Peering → Virtual Network
  • VPC Network Peering

June 2020

Text Fields: Users can add additional fields of metadata to the architecture diagram as labels that appear below the shape (e.g., IP address, instance size, etc.).

Filters saved on views: Filters created to limit what is shown in your cloud architecture diagram can be saved to views or shared across views.

Summary shapes: To simplify your architecture diagram, summarize shapes for the same resource type (e.g., EC2, auto-scaling groups, etc.) into a single shape with a badge identifying the number of shapes summarized.

Pre-import resource filtering: Prior to importing, users can select which resources they want to include in their dataset. Deselecting resources can help to reduce the size of the dataset and thus improve performance for large environments, as well as help with problems related to AWS rate limiting on your import. 

  • VPN Connections
  • Customer Gateway
  • Transit Gateway to Peered Transit Gateway and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) attachments [Transit Gateways → Transit Gateways, VPCs]
  • Route 53 Hosted Zones to ELBs, S3 Buckets and CloudFront Distributions [Route 53 Hosted Zones → ELBs, S3, CloudFront]
  • API Gateway to Lambda Functions [API Gateways → Lambda Functions]
  • VPN Connections (via Transit Gateways)
  • VPN Connections (via VPN Gateways)

May 2020

Pre-import resource filtering: Prior to importing, users can select which resources they want to include in their dataset. Deselecting resources can help to reduce the size of the dataset and thus improve performance for large environments, as well as help with problems related to AWS rate limiting on your import. 

Sort order: You can sort contained items by alphabetical order (A-Z, Z-A) in the layout controls.

Replace architecture: You can use this functionality to replace the data on the canvas with a new data source. This would enable you to bring in new architectural data without needing to do a new import. 

You can also use the "Replace Architecture" as a way to create Cloud Insights templates for your team. Here are the steps:

  1. Go through the Import data flow for Cloud Insights, preferably dummy data, in a blank Lucidchart Diagram.
  2. Do whatever you want to that doc until it is the starting point that you want, pin shape libraries, add conditional formatting rules, layers, and more.
  3. Convert to template
  4. Make a copy of the template by clicking "New"
  5. In your new copy of the doc, double-click the cloud insights generator
  6. Open up the database icon with the gear, and choose "Replace Architecture"
  7. Go through the import flow to bring in your new account. 

All of the conditional formatting rules, shape libraries, layers, formulas, and more will be in the document. Specifically to Cloud Insights the generator itself is copied, so any views that you might have saved or filters, are still there on that generator - meaning they stay there when you replace the dataset

EC2 Instance Type icons: See different icons for your EC2 instances based on the instance type (ex. T3, T3, M5, etc.) in your diagram.

Line type options: Pick the type of line you would like to use for each relationship (straight, curve, corner).

  • Route 53
  • Application Load Balancers (ALBs) to EC2 [ALB → EC2]

March 2020

  • VPC Peering Connections

January 2020

Lucidchart Cloud Insights launched! Automatically generate cloud architecture diagrams from AWS, Azure (beta), and GCP (beta). Users can then filter and customize diagrams to create different views, automatically draw lines between resources, and view metadata from the cloud provider in context of the diagram, all to create the specific visual needed for different scenarios. These features are released to Lucidchart Cloud Insights users only. Learn more.

Views: Lucidchart Cloud Insights has 3 standard Views that allow you to see your architecture in different ways. Infrastructure View will show you the resources in your cloud environment organized by accounts, regions, VPCs, subnets, all the way down to individual resources. VPC Topology View will show you an overview of your account, including regions and VPCs. And Resources View will show you a list of all the resources in your account organized by type.

Custom Views: Create a new View that will save your lines and layout. Come back to this view after a data refresh and have your settings restored.

Filters: Show only resources that meet the criteria you are looking for. You can filter by the shape data we bring in from AWS, including AWS tags.

Lines: Draw lines automatically based on the relationship between two resources.

Layout controls: Make adjustments to the layout of your diagram, like grouping resource types, changing columns, alignment, and more.

Data panel: Access all the metadata we import from your cloud provider in the Lucidchart data panel. 

Refresh architecture: Keep your diagram up-to-date by refreshing the data backing your architecture diagram. If you have imported via the cross-account role option, simply click refresh data to re-initiate the API call and update your diagram.

Replace architecture: If you imported your data via an IAM role or the CLI JSON method, keep your diagram up-to-date by bringing in an updated dataset.

Convert to regular shapes: Build future state diagrams or make manual adjustments to your Cloud Insights diagram by converting to regular shapes. This will make a copy of your diagram on a second page, allowing you to make manual edits.

  • ALB (Load Balancers v2, Target Groups, Target Health Description)
  • Autoscaling (Groups, Launch Configurations)
  • CloudFront (Distributions)
  • DynamoDB (Tables)
  • EC2 (Instances, NAT Gateways, Network ACLs, Route Tables, Security Groups, Subnets, Transit Gateway, Volumes, VPC Endpoints, VPCs)
  • ELBs (Load Balancers)
  • IAM (Attached Policies, Role Policies, Roles)
  • Lambda (Functions)
  • RDS (Clusters, Instances)
  • Redshift (Clusters)
  • S3 (Buckets - Additional Metadata: roles, groups, etc.)
  • SNS (Topics, met)
  • SQS (Queues)
  • Compute (Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Scale Sets)
  • MySQL (Databases)
  • Network (Application Gateways, Load Balancers, Network Security Groups, Subnets, Virtual Networks)
  • PostgreSQL (Databases)
  • SQL (Databases)
  • Storage (Storage Accounts)
  • Compute (Autoscalers, Instances, Instance Groups)
  • Database (SQL Instances)
  • Manage (Project, Zone)
  • Network (Firewall, Network, Subnetwork)
  • Storage (Bucket)
  • Elastic Load Balancers (ELBs) to Auto Scaling Groups (ASGs) [ELB→ ASG]
  • ELBs to EC2 instances [ELB → EC2]
  • CloudFront Distributions to S3 Buckets [CloudFront → S3]

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