Environments & Location Diagram

Shows the geographical location of building blocks and runtime environment specific details

The Environments & Location Diagram shows which Architecture Building Blocks and Solution Building Blocks are deployed at which locations as well as the blocks’ interactions.
With the help of the Environments & Location Diagram, you better understand the interaction between building blocks across different geographical locations. For this, you also add the locations of the users interacting with the aspired solution.


Understand the interaction between building blocks across different geographical locations


Enterprise Architects, Developers, End Users


30 - 60 minutes



Before You Start

Be prepared to work with the following artifacts you prepared earlier

Find the details of how to use these documents as input for this exercise in the steps laid out below.

Materials you will need

Templates for Download

  • 10 - 20 minutes

Evolve your Software Distribution Diagram into the Environments & Location Diagram

Pick up the previously created Software Distribution Diagram and evolve it into the Environments & Location Diagram.

Consider the Solution Context Diagram, to pick up the existing IT systems and user’s interacting with the solution. Additionally, you can also look at the Baseline Solution Architecture Diagram.

  • 5 - 10 minutes

Identify the deployment environments

Identify the deployment environments in which your building blocks are running. Add more details to the “landing zones” of the Software Distribution Diagram by explicitly naming the data center providers, the data center location and infrastructure specific details per “landing zone”.

  • 5 - 10 minutes

Map the solution building blocks

Map the solution building blocks, as defined in the Solution Realization Diagram, to the deployment environments.

You can also outline different deployment environments such as development, test and production.

The list of solution building blocks, which you will map to the locations and deployment environments, is taken from the Solution Realization Diagram.

  • 10 - 20 minutes

Visualize the relationships

Visualize the relationships of type request-response or information flow between the building blocks. This helps to understand network requirements.

See the Completed Example

Add technical details about the specific runtime environments of the Solution Building Blocks as well as network related details, in case they are relevant.

You're done!

Congratulations! You may now move on to update your Architectural Decisions List and your Architecture Roadmap.