Software deployment is all of the activities that make a software system available for use.
The general deployment process consists of several interrelated activities with possible transitions between them. These activities can occur at the producer side or at the consumer side or both.
Because every software system is unique, the precise processes or procedures within each activity can hardly be defined.
Therefore, deployment should be interpreted as a general process that has to be customized according to specific requirements or characteristics.
The series of images below contrast the deployment and development environments.