As the company grows over time, the technical requirements of the business also grow or change. Consequently, the deployment of business-critical applications may increase in complexity. This forces businesses to find ways to make deployments of new machines and application a much easier and smoother process. Fortunately, today’s age of Cloud Computing allows businesses to repeatedly deploy their business applications to the cloud, thus making deployment an iterative process.
Azure, one of the major cloud service providers, offers many ways of automating application deployment, such as but not limited to the applications available on the Azure Marketplace, thru infrastructure as code.
Virtual Machine images are simple pre-packed dependencies that can be installed on a virtual machine, while the Solution Templates are applications that may require complex infrastructures, such as networks of virtual machines, database servers, web application servers, and other resources.
At the Marketplace, IT admins can skip the manual configuration of stuff, including configuration of applications on the correct network/infrastructure and manual deployment of each resource.
Using this template holds many advantages, such as its declarative syntax that allows businesses to deploy Azure infrastructure declaratively. Also, by using this template on several deployment instances, resources are deployed in the exact same state, which means that each deployment iteration would achieve consistent results.
Therefore, using this kind of templates boosts the confidence and speed of deployment for several instances rather than repeatedly doing it manually.