Take advantage of continuous integration to improve software development quality and speed. When you use Visual Studio Team Services or Jenkins to build apps in the cloud and deploy to Azure, each time you commit code, it is automatically built and tested—so bugs are detected faster.
Ensure that code and infrastructure are always in a production-deployable state, with continuous delivery. By combining continuous integration and infrastructure as code (IaC), you will achieve identical deployments and the confidence you need to manually deploy to production at any time.
With continuous deployment, you can automate the entire process from code commit to production if your CI/CD tests are successful. Using CI/CD practices, paired with monitoring tools, you will be able to safely deliver features to your customers as soon as they are ready.
Automate provisioning and configuration of environments using IaC. Capture environment definitions as declarative code, such as JSON or YAML. Then, reliably provision an identical environment with DevOps tools including Azure Resource Manager, Terraform or Ansible.
Monitor infrastructure health with Azure Log Analytics and Azure Monitor and integrate into existing dashboards like Grafana or Kibana. Azure Application Insights provides actionable insights through application performance management and instant analytics.
Using DevOps tools such as Chef Automate or Azure Policy, you can manage provisioned infrastructure and applications to ensure compliance. Combined with services like Azure Security Center, you will limit your exposure to threats and quickly find and remediate vulnerabilities.