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List of Deployment DevOps Tools

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Introduction:

In this article, we will try to concentrate on the DevOps tools that falls into the space of Deployment and before we do that, let us take some time out and understand the very requirement of such tools in the first place. In today’s world, with IT being spread across various regions of the world, working collaboratively with the counterparts from various locations becomes very important and so does the need for a tool that does the Deployment pretty quick arise. These deployment challenges grow bigger in size when the project itself grows or if there are many more counterparts get involved in the actual development process. To cater to such needs, there is the concept of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI / CD) tools.

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In our previous articles we have gone through in detail about the Continuous Integration tools and the advantages that these tools bring to the table. Now it is the time to understand why Continuous Delivery is also an important feature for an Agile team to progress and scale as time goes. With Continuous Delivery part of the CI/CD tool chain, you target to reduce the friction between the deployment and release processes by automating the whole process of build deployment. Continuous deployment is an extension of continuous delivery that automatically deploys each build that passes the full test cycle. To add to this, Continuous Deployment takes a step further in automatically deploying your build whenever there is a code change.

Continuous deployment also allows organizations to benefit from consistent early feedback. Instead of relying on an individual, the Production deployments can be achieved based on the success that is achieved in the deployment pipeline using any of the below Continuous Deployment tools. This becomes yet another advantage of introducing it in to the Production lifecycle. Now with this understanding about the Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment, let us take a detailed look at each of the tool that falls into this bucket without any further delay.

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Types of Deployment DevOps Tools:

In the earlier sections, we have gone through the need for a Continuous Deployment tool and also the advantages that these tools can bring in to your current Production setup. Let us not delay in taking a deeper look at these tools and also to analyze the advantages that these tools bring to the table (should they succeed impressing you and suite your business needs).

1. Capistrano

Capistrano is an open source and also a free tool that is solely used to run scripts on multiple server environments and its main use is to deploy web applications. It is an open source tool as mentioned earlier but is written totally in Ruby. The documentation for this stool (Capistrano) boasts of its script-ability, its sane and expressive APIs.

Following are some of the advantages of using Capistrano, let us now take a look at each and every one of them:

Advantages:

  • To setup and to automate audits on any number of machines (be it checking logins, enumerating uptimes or even to update security patches)
  • To automate the most common tasks in software terminology
  • To also script arbitrary workflows over SSH
  • Can also be used to drive infrastructure tools as like Chef, Ansible or the like
  • Since it is very scriptable, it can also be easily integrated with any other Ruby software
  • Reliably deploy web application to any number of machines simultaneously, in sequence or as a rolling set

2. JuJu

JuJu was formerly known as Ensemble, is an open source service orchestration management tool that was developed by the company who are behind Ubuntu themselves (Canonical Ltd.). It is a modelling tool that focuses completely on reducing the operation overhead by providing features as like quicker deployments, configurations, scaling and integrating and performing operational tasks on a plethora of public / private cloud services. Alongside to the Cloud deployments, the same thing can be achieved for the Servers and local container based deployments as well.

Following are some of the advantages of using JuJu, let us now take a look at each and every one of them:

Advantages:

  • Juju (aka Ensemble) provides the quickest way to model and deploy on OpenStack cloud faster, thereby reducing the deployment times from days to minutes.
  • Juju works pretty awesome even with the existing configuration management tools as well
  • You can control over the scalability and you can scale up or down based on the need
  • There is no prior knowledge required of the application stack
  • Provides both GUI based tool and also a command line tool, allows you to experiment and also to visualize the tasks that are being performed on the system
  • Has an inclusive list of providers for all the major Public clouds as well as the likes of OpenStack, MAAS and LXC containers
  • Entire cloud environments can be setup within seconds using bundles – that works this way. Create a bundle once and re-deploy the same in a new environment to save massive amounts of time and effort
  • It also ensures environment portability as well – that means, you can deploy the same charms to EC2, OpenStack, Data center and also to your laptop as well. How cool is that?

3. Travis CI

Travis CI has ability to sync with your GitHub account and there on allows you to test automatically and also enables deployment. Travis CI is an open source Continuous Integration (CI) tool that services free of cost and is hosted on GitHub. Since that it is a hosted, it can easily be believed that it is platform independent. It is free for all open-source projects. Build and test runs are automatically triggered for every code commit that happens to a GitHub repository. Configuring Travis CI is done by putting a file that is named *.travis.yml to the root directory of your GitHub repository. This file contains all the actionable data that will be verified and validated whenever an execution of a job or a build happens. 

Travis CI supports a variety of software languages, and the build configuration for each of those programming languages is also complete. The design of Travis CI was all focused on Developers to let them code and at the same time runs tests and deployments. This automation setup enables quicker, simpler and agile delivery for software teams as well. Travis CI is free to use for the open-source projects and there are paid plans for commercial and also private projects.

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Following are some of the advantages of using Travis CI, let us now take a look at each and every one of them:

Advantages:

  • Travis CI outshines so well that setting up almost anything would be possible locally via your terminal.
  • Documentation is pretty self-explanatory, even for the newbies can follow the configuration on this tool of DevOps space
  • Integration with GitHub is pretty well executed, where we can see how the build progresses and also makes us aware of any known issues (if any).
  • Allows a pretty awesome feature to be able to put a badge on your website whether the build is passing or not.
  • Provides built-in support to vendors like Heroku
  • Travis CI really shines on the support that they provide on the languages and as well as capabilities
  • Provides an awesome UI (a dashboard actually) which allows us to check the status of the previous 6-7 projects and their corresponding statuses at the same time.

4. Go CD

Go CD is a Continuous Integration tool that is developed by ThoughtWorks and the same is available for Windows, OSX, and Linux operating systems. Complex build workflows are made simpler with the concept of Pipelines. Since that the application is built from the scratch, it provides support to Pipelines pretty well and thereby also removes the build process blockages and bottlenecks via parallel execution of tasks.

Following are some of the advantages of using Go CD, let us now take a look at each and every one of them:

Advantages:

  • The tool allows you to resolve the dependency resolutions hence allows you to run the repeatable jobs or builds and thereby reduces the amount of re-work that has to be done inturn.
  • Provides built-in test reporting which is very nice
  • It is super easy to install and maintain this tool in specific
  • Provides a lot of REST APIs which makes further automation as easy as a breeze
  • Provides a pretty clean UI which makes it very easy to visualize the place where you are in the Pipeline
  • It also provides a feature to extract a template from the existing pipelines and also helps adding new projects super quick.

5. Jenkins

Jenkins is one of the leading Continuous Delivery and Continuous Integration tools that are available on the market. Jenkins is forked from Oracle’s Hudson-CI in the year 2011 and then on had its own identity. Jenkins is a Java based program that is always ready to run out of the box with packages that cater needs to Windows, Mac OS X and the rest of the Unix-like operating systems. Jenkins is an application that monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or deploying a build or even the jobs that run by cron. It can be termed as an extensible automation server where it can be used as a simple Continuous Integration server or it can turn tables to become a Continuous Delivery / Deployment hub for any projects as such. Jenkins has this feature that can help scale your test and deployment process by distributing work across multiple machines for faster deployments across multiple platforms faster.

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Following are some of the advantages of using Jenkins, let us now take a look at each and every one of them:

Advantages:

  • A strong community backing that provides suggestions, solutions should there be any issues that you face
  • Ease of use and ease of configuration for either Continuous Integration or Continuous Deployment
  • Various 3rd tool integrations with Jenkins makes life easy based on the need for an extended functionality
  • One of the major advantages is that it is free and also the customization that can be done is pretty awesome with user created plugins
  • Provides quick feedback should there be any issues with the deployments itself
  • The ease that it provides to automate your build, deploy processes however complex your projects be

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6. Octopus Deploy

One of the most important piece of any software development process is the capability to automate the application deployment through any medium, be it build scripts or tools that are used. One of the intentions on building Octopus Deploy was to build a tool that can automate deployment for .NET applications. It comes with much of ease from the installation time itself, letting you choose to install on a server or on an Azure instance. Octopus Deploy further works along with your build servers to provide reliable, secure and automated releases of your .NET applications into various environments of your software development (be it Testing, Staging, UAT or Production environments) and be it on-premise or cloud environments.

Following are some of the advantages of using Octopus Deploy, let us now take a look at each and every one of them:

Advantages:

  • Provides a massive ability to configure it with the granularity towards permissions
  • Provides seamless integration abilities with other platforms as well
  • Promoting changes to your application and database deployments is quite simple, through environments via a lifecycle.
  • The idea behind building the tool was completely on the idea of PowerShell, and hence its ability to treat everything as a package and ready to deploy.
  • Provides audit information of all your past deployments which can further help in yearly audits for certificates and regulation
  • Provides a very simple UI to see multiple products and their versions and environments to further manage deployment workflow of all these.

7. IBM UrbanCode

IBM UrbanCode that falls into the bucket of deployment tools in the DevOps space can be coined as an application release automation tool which has the ability to combine visibility, traceability and auditing capabilities. It has the ability to deploy seamlessly to distributed data centers, cloud and also to virtual environments based on a schedule or as frequently as possible. It also automates the deployment to on-premise or cloud environments. The practical use of this tool is observed when it reduces the amount of time that is required to complete full deployment and as well as reducing the chances of any errors.

IBM UrbanCode Deploy allows the user to import the code from a file system or a from a code management system, creates all the application process using a simple to use drag drop tool before the automatic deployment process. The same processes can be loaded into various versions of processes and deployment. It also has the ability to learn the common aspects from similar deployments and hence the deployment scripts be reused in various other situations without having to rewrite the entire thing every single time – thus saving considerable amount of time which could be used elsewhere.

Following are some of the advantages of using IBM UrbanCode, let us now take a look at each and every one of them:

Advantages:

  • Provides the ability to deploy applications automatically to various environments
  • Provides an ability to rollback to previous saved configurations
  • Provides an ability to track user activity
  • Provides an ability to simply drag drop systems for process design
  • Provides an easy integration with IBM RQM to run quality tests on your deployed application using IBM UrbanCode Deploy.

8. AWS CodeDeploy

AWS CodeDeploy is a deployment service provided by Amazon which helps us in automating application deployments to Amazon EC2 instances, or on to the on-premises instances, or further to server-less Lambda functions. There is a possibility to deploy almost any variety of application content (be it code, web configuration files, executables, packages, multimedia files and etc.) and is further stored in Amazon S3 buckets, GitHub repositories or Bitbucket repositories based on your configuration. There is absolutely no requirement or need to change your code to deploy using AWS CodeDeploy.

Following are some of the advantages of using AWS CodeDeploy, let us now take a look at each and every one of them:

Advantages:
  • AWS CodeDeploy enables you to rapidly release newer features
  • One of the biggest advantages is its Simplicity and ease of use
  • Very nice on the features side for deployment configuration and groups
  • Deployment control is totally in your hands and can be handled accordingly
  • One of the advantages that I find beneficial is its integration with GitHub, every code commit can instantly be deployed on to your servers
  • Ability to automatically deploy to newer EC2 instances which spring up by auto-scaling
  • It minimizes the downtime to a way lower time slice
  • Ability to track the status of your deployment via AWS CodeDeploy or AWS CLI
  • It is platform agnostic and can easily integrate with your existing software release process or continuous delivery toolchain that already exists.
  • Has the ability to handle the complexity of your application and curtails the error prone manual deployments.

9. DeployBot

Deploybot is a very easy to use, provides builds instantly and has the ability to ship code anywhere in this process. Deploybot has the ability to connect to any Git based repository, enables manual or automatic build deployments to any kind of environment. There are various kinds of integrations that are available with Deploybot and in specific its ability to deploy through Slack. Deploybot is a very clean and easy to use tool but a disclaimer is that its Docker support is still quite naïve. But with its rich REST APIs, you can still do the job if you are able to write scripts according to these.

Following are some of the advantages of using Deploybot, let us now take a look at each and every one of them:

Advantages:

  • Commit your changes to any GIT based repository, push them to Bitbucket and pull open Deploybot to give you a new deployment of your software.
  • There is a provision to update on Elastic Beanstalk seamlessly and if found issues you can very easily rollback these changes within a jiffy.
  • Based on the commits, it can search for keywords which can trigger automatic deployments
  • One of the other advantages that can come handy are its documentation on the deployment process which quite clearly explains the nitty gritty details of it.
  • There is a provision to programmatically trigger a build, list the builds, edit or even delete with the API endpoints that are provided by Deploybot.
  • Provides a check on building and compiling your code before deploying it to Server
  • Provision to monitor the actual deployment process and also provides the ease of cancelling the deployment process if there is abnormal found in the process.
  • Provides a feature to rollback to the previous release, should there be any issues with the current deployment.

10. Shippable:

Shippable, yet another Continuous Delivery DevOps tool which comes with no additional DevOps code. It is one of the most easy, frictionless and with docker pipelines for continuous integration / continuous delivery. It has the ability to manage deployments of multi-tier applications with almost no code or scripts or even IT automation tools as well. Shippable runs builds on Docker based containers which are in turn termed as MINIONS.

Following are some of the advantages of using Shippable, let us now take a look at each and every one of them:

Advantages:

  • It is an all in one solution for all your build, packaging and deployment needs
  • Docker containers can be setup on own servers and then Shippable can run on these machines to ensure security as the data is not stored on external servers
  • It is very easy to configure Shippable and this can just be done via a simple YAML file ‘shippable.yml’
  • If you are migrating from Travis CI, then it has the ability to read your ‘.travis.yml’ file directly as well
  • Since Shippable is built using Docker, which means creating and destroying containers is just a snap
  • It provides its support against multiple runtimes and environments
  • Provides a wider range of deployment integrations as like AWS Elastic Beanstalk (EB), Heroku, OpenShift, DigitalOcean and so on so forth.
  • Very much on the affordable price range, ranging from free to $400 based on your need
  • Provides separate pipelines for separate branches of code repositories
  • SSH login for test debugging is very useful when the bugs are not reproducible in local machines.

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Conclusion:

In this article, we have gone through the need of Continuous Deployment and along with it we also tried to understand the requirement of Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment. We have seen the various advantages that these tools are really made for and also the ease that these tools bring when they are part of your Production pipeline. Since these tools encourage more and more automation, there is a slim chance that these can go wrong ensuring the peace of mind from any manual mistakes during these processes. We hope that you have got all the information that you were looking from this article itself. Keep us updated on the feedback on what can be improved so that we can towards it in the further coming articles.

 

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