About Azure Deployment
You can deploy the FTDv in Azure using templates. Cisco provides two kinds of templates:
Solution Template in the Azure Marketplace—Use the solution template available in the Azure Marketplace to deploy the FTDv using the Azure portal. You can use an existing resource group and storage account (or create them new) to deploy the virtual appliance. To use the solution template, see Deploy from the Azure Marketplace Using the Solution Template.
Custom Template using a Managed Image from a VHD (available from https://software.cisco.com/download/home )—In addition to the Marketplace-based deployment, Cisco provides a compressed virtual hard disk (VHD) that you can upload to Azure to simplify the process of deploying the FTDv in Azure. Using a Managed Image and two JSON files (a Template file and a Parameters File), you can deploy and provision all the resources for the FTDv in a single, coordinated operation. To use the custom template, see Deploy from Azure Using a VHD and Resource Template.