This blog post will go over the four main reasons why it is a good idea to use Bicep over Terraform in Microsoft Azure.
To see Bicep in action, check this blog post where we deployed Azure Container Registry (ACR) to Azure with Bicep.
About Azure Bicep
The Resource Manager template language Azure Bicep enables you to deploy Azure resources declaratively. It’s a domain-specific language, which implies it was created specifically for the purpose of deploying Azure resources. Bicep is only used to create Resource Manager templates.
Bicep is designed to be simple to understand and learn, regardless of your prior experience with other programming languages. Bicep templates can use all resource types, API versions, and property values.
When deploying Azure resources, Bicep is a great option compared to other third-party tools like Terraform. Here are some of the benefits of using Bicep:
1. Native language
You can start a new project at Bicep, which includes Azure-native components. With Biceps, you’re using a language that is native to Azure. On day one, Bicep will support any new or updated Azure resources. Other third-party tools may take some time to define new features in the toolset after they’ve been
Bicep is designed to be simple to understand, regardless of your prior experience with other programming languages. Bicep templates can use all resource types, API versions, and property values while maintaining readability.
3. Support by Azure
Microsoft support services fully support Bicep. If you have an Azure support plan, you are fully supported with any version of Bicep.
4. No state Management
If you used Terraform, you probably know how important the state files of your deployments are, and if you lose them, you can’t manage your resources. With Terraform, you need to keep your state file on remote storage or locally, which is a risk. Bicep has no state files that need to be managed because all the configuration is stored in Azure.
Azure Bicep is a great resource for deploying Azure resources. It’s simple to understand and use, supports all new and updated Azure resources, and doesn’t require any state management. Additionally, Microsoft fully supports Bicep with accompanying support services. If you’re looking for an efficient way to deploy your Azure resources, be sure to check out Bicep!