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I am looking for an example of a system architecture diagram in TikZ. I would like to draw a picture similar to this one:

Therefore I search for existing shapes for: cloud (Current State), database and document collection (Confs) or a way to learn how to draw them.

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Both are (almost) natively supported in Tikz 2.1 by the shape library: For clouds see the shape type cloud, described on pp. 435f. For a document-type node see the shape type tape on p. 440 of the PGF manual. The latter can be typeset a number of times to get the stack of documents (aka document collection). – Daniel Jun 5 '11 at 12:43
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The cloud and the cylinder are in the shape libraries. See Sections 48.3 and 48.4 of the TikZ 2.10 manual.

The document collection shape you'll have to put together yourself, though. You can super-impose rectangles and then a tape shape on top of that.

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Thx. Could you provide an example of superimposed rectangles? – Skarab Jun 5 '11 at 14:52

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