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Infrastructure as Code

'Infrastructure as Code' is the practice of keeping infrastructure topology specified in documents and stored in version control … in a similar fashion to the way developers manage code / deploy solutions. This will involve using DevOps tooling and so enables consistency, quality, and accountability.

Using this approach, organisations can quickly create / delete infrastructure on demand – useful for dev/test environments where you want to provision an environment to do testing, and once completed then destroy it to avoid unnecessary costs.

Azure provides native tooling for infrastructure as code – namely ARM / Bicep templates and Bash/PowerShell scripts using the Management API.

Alternatively, several cloud / technology agnostic tools are available including Terraform, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, others.