Have you ever made an error in your Cloudcraft blueprint and wanted to revert to an earlier version? Do you want to see what your live infrastructure looked like last week or last month? Perhaps you want to easily investigate why your AWS or Azure costs suddenly changed.
With Cloudcraft’s new Version History feature, you now can! Cloudcraft remembers changes made to your infrastructure blueprint and allows you to go back in time to see those changes or even revert to an old version.
You can also create a name for specific versions that are important to you for easy tracking. For example you can name a version “December 2023 Deployment” to keep track of a record of your architecture which was pushed to production at the end of the year. Version History tracks all of your changes, both manual edits and live scans of real-world infrastructure.
In the below video, we show you how to access the new feature and navigate between various versions of an architecture.
Why you should use Version History
- Collaborate safely: If you are sharing your diagram with your team, but someone you’re collaborating with accidently deletes a few EC2 instances, you can use Version History to revert to an earlier version. This makes it much safer to collaborate and share blueprints across your team.
- Infrastructure troubleshooting: You can now visualize how your live infrastructure has changed over time. This allows you to check if a deployment went well, diagnose infrastructure-change-related issues, or identify the source of a cost increase. Use Cloudcraft’s Live scan feature to update your diagram every time your infrastructure changes, and then you’ll be able to use Version History to go back in time. You can even automate this process with the Cloudcraft API!
How to get started
Version History is now available to all Cloudcraft Pro and Enterprise customers. For Cloudcraft Free accounts, Version History is not available. However, customers who are using the Cloudcraft Pro free trial are able to try the feature for up to 14 days without providing credit card information. Here are the steps to get started:
- Log into your Cloudcraft account.
- Once you’ve completed a Live scan of your architecture or manually created a diagram, Cloudcraft automatically begins to store records of your architecture design. You simply select the “Version History” option in the top navigation bar and a list of your records will be presented.
- Version History saves changes in your architecture every 5 minutes. If no changes are made in that time interval, a record is not created. Depending on your level of activity, you may see multiple records stored in a single day or even hour. Version History has a 30 day retention period in Cloudcraft Pro and a 90 day retention period in the Enterprise plan. Note: These retention periods only apply to automatically created versions so you are still able to save versions forever by naming them.
- Now that you have your records available, you can select specific instances and rename them for easy tracking. You can also revert to a version of your choice by selecting “Restore this version” in the top right corner.