New Azure capabilities to simplify deployment and management


Written by Arpan Shah, General Manager, Microsoft Azure


Customers around the world take advantage of Microsoft Azure to build, deploy, and manage business-critical applications at scale. We continuously innovate to help customers simplify their app deployment and management experience so they can spend more time building great solutions. Today, we are announcing several additional Azure infrastructure capabilities to help achieve this goal.


Simplify your declarative deployment experience in Azure with Bicep

With developers depending heavily on cloud infrastructure to run the apps they create, we continuously strive to simplify the infrastructure setup experience so they can stay focused on the actual innovation and experiences they are crafting within their apps. Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates are extremely powerful; however, they can be complex. Bicep, an open-source, domain-specific language (DSL), further simplifies developers’ declarative deployment experience in Azure. Bicep makes it much easier to both read and write infrastructure-as-code in Azure.


Bicep allows customers to deploy Azure resources with many of the conveniences of modern programming languages—now indispensable to any app developer’s workflow. It supports first-class tooling with Visual Studio Code integration and has features such as type safety, modularity, and concise, readable syntax. Bicep is a transparent abstraction over ARM templates, which means everything you can do in ARM templates, you can do in Bicep. It also means that all Azure resource types are supported as soon as they are released, and there are no state files required. Since its v0.3 release in March, Bicep has been production-ready and supported by Microsoft Support plans.


With Bicep v0.4 available June 2, 2021, developers can enjoy better day-to-day authoring as well as overall quality and improved stability, with the following additional capabilities:


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