Azure Blueprints

Templates for quick, repeatable creation of fully governed cloud subscriptions

Easily create, deploy and update compliant environments

Simplify largescale Azure deployments by packaging key environment artifacts, such as Azure Resource Manager templates, role-based access controls and policies, in a single blueprint definition. Easily apply the blueprint to new subscriptions and environments and fine-tune control and management through versioning.

Policies, users and resource templates for blueprint creation

Centralised location for managing your environment, including deployment, versioning and updating

Built-in samples for most common scenarios, including compliance certification

Resource locking to prevent unwanted changes

Streamline environment creation

Easily create your cloud governance templates, access controls and policies as a single compliant package so environments are ready to be configured. Deploy blueprints to multiple subscriptions with a single click. Manage blueprints from a central location and track blueprint versions to push updates.

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Enable compliant development

Speed deployment of compliant applications to production through a self-service model and easily deploy compliant environments matched to production standards. Use blank templates for custom blueprints or built-in blueprints for compliance with common internal scenarios and external regulations like ISO 27001.

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Lock foundational resources

Avoid unwanted changes and misconfigurations—even by subscription owners—that could affect multiple applications. With resource locking, you can limit access to key infrastructure that is shared across subscriptions. Protect resources that the blueprint is governing and configure exceptions to match your specific needs.

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Create your landing zone for migrating to Azure

Accelerate migration by easily deploying a fully governed landing zone, without the need for external cloud architects or engagements. Reuse cloud-based blueprints for future environments or use built-in blueprints to set up ISO-compliant foundational architectures.

Learn more about migrating to Azure

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  • We employ more than 3,500 security experts entirely dedicated to your data security and privacy.
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Azure Blueprints is free

Azure Blueprints and other Azure governance services are free for managing Azure services. Get pricing details.

Resources for getting started

Understand the lifecycle of a blueprint

Explore the stages of blueprint definition and assignment, including steps for adding artifacts, versioning and assigning.

Prevent resource tampering

Learn how to lock resources within an Azure subscription to prevent modification by application owners.

Migrate to Azure

Get the resources to migrate apps, data and infrastructure at your own pace and use free assessment, migration and cost management tools as you transition your on-premises workloads to Azure VMs.

Pay less on Azure: Amazon Web Services (AWS) costs five times more than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server.

Build your first blueprint

Create a blueprint definition from scratch or with a built-in sample.
Assign a blueprint to a subscription.
Apply cloud governance best practices.
Microsoft

“Azure Blueprints allows our central IT to ensure the right guardrails are in place, helping our DevOps teams move fast while maintaining control and protecting the business."

Pete Apple, Lead Service Engineer, Microsoft

Frequently asked questions about blueprints?

  • A Resource Manager template is a key building block (artifact) of a blueprint definition. All your existing Resource Manager templates can be used in new blueprints. While Resource Manager templates are used only during deployment and do not preserve relationships with deployed resources, Azure Blueprints preserve these relationships, supporting improved tracking and auditing of deployments and the ability to upgrade subscriptions governed by the same blueprint. Learn more.
  • Yes, each blueprint has an API. This means blueprint definitions can be stored as code and pushed to Azure on an ongoing basis. Learn more about managing blueprints as code.
  • Blueprints are assigned to individual subscriptions but can also be used to set up resource groups within subscriptions. Additionally, a blueprint can be assigned to a subscription repeatedly, enabling you to set up multiple environments within the same shared environment.

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