Difference of Azure Deployment Environments and Azure DevTest Lab

Ucar Cihan 46 Reputation points

Hi Guys,

for me sometimes, the number of Azure Services, is overwhelming. What is really annoying is that you can't find two lines of description, which explains the concrete uses cases for the different Azure Service.

So does someone know the difference between Azure Deployment Environments and Azure DevTest Lab? Does someone have concrete use cases for this two Azure Services?


Azure DevTest Labs
Azure DevTest Labs
An Azure service that is used for provisioning development and test environments.
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Azure App Service
Azure App Service
Azure App Service is a service used to create and deploy scalable, mission-critical web apps.
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  1. JimmySalian-2011 42,066 Reputation points

    Hi Ucar,

    Basically it is an issue we face with some services with multiple versions and documents not clear. However this might help:

    Azure Deployment Environments empowers development teams to self-serve app infrastructure (PaaS, Serverless, etc.), using curated ‘infra-as-code’ templates. Based on the current stage of development, developers can spin up different types of environments such as sandbox, dev, test, staging, pre-prod, and prod. Deployment Environments service is complimentary to enterprise scale landing zones and enables dev infra teams to pre-configure the subscriptions in which different types of environments are created and thereby, enforcing appropriate policies. The service also helps reduce costs by allowing to pre-configure auto-expiry of environments so that the resources are automatically deleted once the environment is no longer needed.

    Azure DevTest Labs is also a cloud service that enables development teams to self-serve infrastructure but its pre-dominantly focused on IaaS virtual machines (VM’s). Most of the capabilities around advanced configuration and cost control are focused on virtual machines. While DevTest Labs provides basic capabilities to spin up PaaS resources using ARM templates, all the resources are created in the same subscription which limits usage to dev or test scenarios.

    Hope this helps.

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  1. Stan Spaander 1 Reputation point

    Hello Jimmy,

    From the documentation I gather that both services can be used for software development and testing, and both services can be integrated with CI/CD pipelines. What I still don't understand is how these services differ on a functional level. What are the use cases where you would choose one over the other?

    Kind regards,