I'm trying to display all of my corporate database instances and their relationship to each other, so to speak the database links. I found the geometry shape cylinder using TikZ \usetikzlibrary{shapes.geometric}, but I'm new to the whole TikZ stuff and it doesn't worked out that well so I thought maybe you could help me getting something like the following figure:

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There will be a ton of instances and arrows, but I hope that you guys could give me a start so that I could do the rest on my own.


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A very basic approach could look like this.


    node distance=3cm,
      cylinder uses custom fill,
      cylinder body fill=yellow!50,
      cylinder end fill=yellow!50,
      shape border rotate=90,
    \node[database] (db1) at (0,0) {DB1};
    \node[database,right of=db1] (db2) {DB2};
    \node[database,below of=db1] (db3) {DB3};

    \draw[->,blue!50] (db1) --  node[black,midway,above,sloped,font=\scriptsize]{Link: Name} node[black,midway,below,sloped,font=\scriptsize]{Owner: Name} (db3);
    \draw[->,blue!50] (db1) -- ++(0,1) -- ($(db2)+(0,1)$) node[black,midway,above,font=\scriptsize]{Link: Name} node[black, midway,below,font=\scriptsize]{Owner: Name} -- (db2) ;

Can for sure be improved here and there.

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  • This is a really good starting point for me with which I hopefully can complete my figure. Is there a possibility to do a multiline text inside the cylinder?
    – Chris.V
    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:00
  • @Chris.V Use the key text width=4cm or the desired amount. If the text is larger, it will be broken in lines. And you can use \par or empty lines inside to start new paragraphs anyway.
    – JLDiaz
    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:15
  • 2
    Perhaps the answers to this question can be helpful. Jul 13, 2013 at 12:34

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