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Deploy fully configured VMs in minute on Google Cloud using gcloud CLI & cloud-init

Every public cloud provider has a templating mechanism to deploy fully configured applications. For anyone interested in a vendor-neutral approach that works on major public clouds, cloud-init offers a good solution. Cloud-init makes your work re-usable regardless of the clouds you deploy to.  It’s an open source configuration automation solution for Linux, which performs steps at various stages of a single machine’s boot up. In this article, I will explain how you can use cloud-init for re-usable single machine deployments. We will use cloud-init patterns to deploy Landscape, but the same process can be repurposed to deploy other applications.