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Azure Deployment Environments

Quickly spin up app infrastructure environments with project-based templates.

Accelerate the development lifecycle with on-demand, preconfigured environments

Azure Deployment Environments provides devs with self-service, project-based templates to deploy environments for any stage of development. Support collaboration and innovation with consistent environments and best practices, and encourage experimentation and InnerSource use while maximizing security, compliance, and cost efficiency.

Easy, on-demand deployment from the dev portal, the CLI, or continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines

Standardized templates to help teams drive InnerSource best practices, tips, and tricks while eliminating overhead

Environment types set up by admins for a self-service dev experience while maintaining centralized governance

Comprehensive management capabilities to track costs and centrally manage Azure resources across dev centers

Enable a frictionless developer experience

Deploy the right environment at the right time without worrying about backend processes. Provision complex environments in minutes without waiting for your platform engineering team by choosing from a curated set of templates built specifically for your projects. Spin up self-service environments directly from where you work—including the code repository, the CLI, or a custom dev portal—while automatically applying the right identities, permissions, and Azure subscriptions.

A diagram showing how a dev team can choose a deployment environment based on your organization’s identities and Azure subscriptions
An environment type being added to a project

Maximize security with centralized control

Enable platform engineering teams to configure security policies and permissions based on the stage of development. Ramp up protections for pre-production and production environments while supporting experimentation in dev/test and sandbox environments. Easily track resource usage across teams and avoid unnecessary risks or charges by automatically deploying resources in the right Azure subscriptions.

Innovate and collaborate with standardized templates

Streamline cross-team workflows by creating infrastructure-as-code templates that standardize environments while empowering devs to iterate and share best practices. Automatically deploy environments as part of an existing continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline or deploy on demand to test applications and sandbox environments to work on proof of concepts.

A diagram showing how you can streamline cross-team workflows by ensuring that dev teams are always working in the same environment while allowing iteration and sharing of best practices.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

  • Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.

  • We employ more than 3,500 security experts who are dedicated to data security and privacy.

  • Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.

  • Use Azure Deployment Environments and pay only for Azure resources

    Pay only for the Azure resources you create in your environments, such as compute, storage, and networking. Visual Studio subscribers can save up to 50 percent using Azure dev/test pricing with Azure Deployment Environments to support ongoing development and test needs.

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Frequently asked questions about Azure Deployment Environments

  • Azure Deployment Environments is currently available across Australia East, Canada Central, Central India, East Asia, East US, East US 2, Japan East, Korea Central, North Europe, South Central US, UK South, West Europe, West US 3.

  • Environments and the associated Azure resources are created in customer subscriptions, as preconfigured for the specific project or team.

  • Azure Deployment Environments currently supports Azure Resource Manager templates with immediate plans to support other technologies such as Terraform, Pulumi, Bicep, and Ansible.

  • Azure Deployment Environments helps with both cost visibility and cost control. Dev infrastructure teams can easily track, manage, and govern environments created by development teams. Additionally, dev infrastructure teams will be able to view the security alerts and costs incurred per environment across teams and organizations.

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