The Azure Infrastructure Architect Map
Published Jul 21 2019 01:32 AM 101K Views


Recently, I built the Azure Solution Architect Map and the Azure Security Architect Map aimed at helping Architects finding their way in Azure.  Given the unexpected success and the very positive feedback I received, I decided to come up with other maps, namely the Azure Infrastructure Architect Map and the Azure Application Architect Map.


Here are all the maps in my series of Architecture Maps:

The purpose of the Solution Architect map is to give a high-level view and quick insights about what is available and how to choose between the different services according to some functional needs.
It covers a few key areas, mostly about putting in place the foundations of an Azure Platform, and cannot go into the details because this would make the map very indigestible. The goal of the Azure Security Architect Map is to zoom into security-specific concerns towards Azure. 


Today I came up with the Azure Infrastructure Architect Map:



The Infrastructure Architecture Map focuses on the infrastructure only and goes much deeper into that key area. It is by no means the holy grail but it should help you take informed decisions on how you plan to use and deploy services and how you will govern your Azure workloads. 

The map focuses on the following areas:

  • High Availability
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Monitoring
  • Backup & Restore
  • Network
  • Infrastructure as Code

How to read this map?


Whenever you see the attachment icon attachicon.png, it means that I have attached an explanation on a given rationale or service. If you see a (*) next to a node, it is kind of a must read information. So for instance, in the following screenshot:



I want to catch your attention on the following:


The rationales behind certain routes are based on my own experience and do not represent the only option but should be considered as advisory only. So the idea is to review these maps frequently since the above information is likely to change over the coming months and I'll simply keep adding notes or remove them when it does not make sense anymore.


The link icon  link.pngis a pointer to the corresponding Microsoft documentation.


With this tool, any Infrastructure Architect (Cloud or not) will quickly grasp the infrastructure landscape of Azure. 


Here is the pointer to the map:

Update 02/21: the online MindMapMaker tool deletes maps that are older than 1 year. Just click on the last version below.

v1.0 (06/2019)
v1.1 (12/2019)
Last version MindMapMaker

Last version PDF


Here are all the maps in my series of Architecture Maps:


Occasional Visitor

Thank you for putting this together. I am sure it was a lot of hard work, and maybe even some sleepless nights. 

Occasional Visitor

This is so illustrating, gives a quick glimpse on what is available in Azure IaaS landscape...Appreciate your hardwork...Thanks a lot...!!!

Occasional Visitor

Thank you so much for sharing this. Appreciate your effort and outstanding work

New Contributor

Thanks this is good to recap entire Azure as Cloud.

Occasional Visitor

This is a brilliant point of reference. Thank you very much for this. Top effort!

Senior Member

amazing work. well done 

Not applicable

This is excellent!

New Contributor

These are just beyond brilliant! <3

Frequent Visitor

Bloody Brilliant . Awesome to see the Map, quite helpful for me in reaching my goals . 


Appreciate your hard work . It is insightful & helpful to people like me who aspire to become Azure Architects.

Regular Visitor

I get an error "map not found on server".

@fuchshp Thanks for bringing this to my attention. It seems that mindmapmaker removes all the maps that are older than a year...Didn't know it. Fortunately, I have more recent versions which I plan to publish, including a new map on Data Architecture. Stay tuned as I will soon republish them all.

Regular Visitor

Stephane, thank you very much for your work. I'm sure, many, many hours went into these maps. It is much appreciated. 

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