Staging and Production Servers
In the previous article we have found how to deploy a new build to staging in Windows Azure. Now we need to move the staging build to production. Before that we are going to discuss the importance of staging and production servers.
Staging environment will be having a configuration similar to the production environment. Before an application is released to production (where real users will be using), the application is test deployed to the staging environment. This gives us a chance to find potential bugs, security problems, configuration issues etc. It will save the team from entering into serious problems.
Production Environment will be the actual environment which the real users will be using. A build which was tested perfect in the staging environment is moved to the production environment.
The series of operation and the servers involved will be as following for a typical deployment. Typically, there will be a development machine where the application is created, deployed to a testing machine for the tester to find any bugs, deployed to staging and on successful validation deployed to Production server.
To summarize, we can say there are multiple machines involved in the development to deployment process.
- Development Machine
- Testing Machine
- Staging Server
- Production Server