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The Ultimate List of DevOps Deployment Tools

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The Ultimate List of DevOps Deployment Tools

Introduction

In this article, we will discuss the top 10 DevOps tools that fall under the deployment space. Before we start, let us take some time and understand the importance of such tools in today's market. As deployment plays a significant role in the application development process, there will be many deployment challenges involved in the actual development process to produce stable and successful software.

To simplify these challenges, numerous DevOps deployment tools evolved in the market which handles everything from building to testing, deploying, and reporting errors that occur. However, determining which tools are best for your teams is a challenging task if you haven’t been on the latest continuous deployment trends.

1. Capistrano

Capistrano is an open-source tool which supports scripting and execution of arbitrary tasks on multiple server environments. It is mainly used for deploying web applications, and written totally in the Ruby language.

Cost price: Free

Advantages:

  • Reliably deploys the web application for several machines concurrently as a sequence.
  • Setups and automates the audits to any number of machines (whether it is checking logins, enumerating uptimes, or updating security patches).
  • Automates the most common tasks in software teams.
  • Scripts arbitrary workflows over SSH.
  • Utilized to drive infrastructure tools like Ansible, Chef, etc.

Companies using Capistrano:

The major companies currently using Capistrano are listed below:

  • Typeforum
  • New Relic.
  • Tilt
  • Repro
  • Qiita

2. Juju

Juju is an open-source service orchestration management tool particularly used for reducing the operational overhead of today's complex software by deploying, configuring, scaling, and operating tasks on public or private clouds. 

Cost price: Free

Advantages:

  • It offers the quickest way to model and deploy on the OpenStack cloud by reducing the deployment times from days to minutes.
  • Offers service configuration as per user requirements and runs excellently even with existing management tools.
  • You can easily control the scalability based on the needs.
  • Offers both a command-line tool and a GUI based tool to experiment and visualize the tasks performed on the system.
  • Avoids dependency problems in several machines.
  • Ensures environment portability; it means you can deploy the same charms to OpenStack, Ec2, Datacenter, etc.

Companies using Juju:

Popular Companies currently using Juju are listed below:

  • SparkCognition
  • LabCorp
  • Lenovo
  • IBM
  • ARM
  • Veritas Technologies

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3. Travis CI

Travis CI is an opensource continuous integration tool used for building and testing software projects across the GitHub. Travis CI is configured by putting a file named .travis.yml to the root directory of the GitHub repository. 

Cost price: It offers free service for open source projects and charges on a fee basis for private projects.

Advantages:

  • It’s free, cloud-based hosting, and is easy to set up and maintain.
  • Capable to run tests on Mac OS X and Linux concurrently.
  • Integration with GitHub is pretty well executed
  • Offers built-in support to vendors like Heroku.
  • 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.
  • Built matrix feature

Companies using Travis CI:

The top companies currently using Travis CI are listed below:

  • Govini 
  • Idea Evolver
  • Emogi
  • Baker Hughes
  • Cvent 
  • Mendal.ai

4. GoCD

GoCD is an open-source software used to automate continuous delivery of software across organizations and teams. It automates the complete build-test-release process from code check-in to deployment. It supports several version control tools such as Mercurial, Git, Perforce, Subversion, etc., and also supports other version control softwares by installing additional plugins. It is sponsored by ThoughtWorks and available for Windows, OSX, and Linux operating systems.

Cost price: Free

Advantages:

  • GoCD quickly configures dependencies with parallel and sequential executions for faster feedback and on-demand deployment.
  • Easy to extract a template from the current pipelines as each pipeline instance is anchored to a particular changeset.
  • Offers built-in test reporting 
  • Easy to install and manage 
  • Presents many REST APIs which make further automation easy
  • Provides reliable UI which makes it extremely easy to visualize the place where you are in the Pipeline

Companies using GoCD:

The companies repeatedly using GoCD are listed below:

  • Hazeorid 
  • OpenX
  • Xola
  • ThoughtWorks
  • Omnifone
  • Feedzai

5. Jenkins 

Jenkins is one of the world’s leading open-source automation servers written in Java. It provides hundreds of dashboard plugins to build, deploy, and automate any project. It is a server-based system that operates in servlet containers like Apache Tomcat. It’s available for Windows, Linux, macOS, and other operating systems.

Cost price: Free 

Advantages:

  • It has a built-in GUI tool for fast updates and needs less maintenance.
  • Supports Continuous integration and Continuous delivery.
  • Easy to set up and configure
  • Increases concurrency by distributing tasks across multiple machines.
  • Offers 400 plugins for building and testing projects.
  • Expands the scale of automation.

Companies using Jenkins:

The major companies currently using Jenkins are listed below:

  • ADP
  • Wells Fargo
  • Bank of America
  • JPMorgan
  • American Express

6. Octopus Deploy

Octopus Deploy is an automation deployment and releases management server. It is designed to simplify the deployment of ASP.NET applications, databases and Windows Services.

Cost price: Free for small teams up to five target machines and charges based on the target machines and team size.

Advantages:

  • Reliable and repeatable deployments.
  • Supporting changes in development, QA, acceptance testing, and database deployments are quite easy through environments via lifecycle.
  • Offers seamless integration abilities with different platforms as well.
  • Offers a simple UI to observe multiple products, versions, and their environments for further management workflows.

Companies using Octopus Deploy:

The top companies currently using Octopus Deploy are listed below:

  • GM Financial
  • CIMA
  • Parexel
  • AMETEK
  • ACA Compliance Group

7. IBM UrbanCode Deploy

IBM UrbanCode Deploy is used for orchestrating, automating, and deploying applications to on-premise, distributed, virtualized, or cloud environments. It is designed for continuous delivery in agile development for audit trails, approvals, and versioning.

Cost price: IBM UrbanCode is available based on subscription plans.

Advantages:

  • Supports application deployments to distributed data centers, cloud, and virtualized environments.
  • Plugin ecosystem removes scripting and builds DevOps toolchains for complex applications.
  • Able to track user activity.
  • Simple drag-drop systems for process designs.
  • Offers easy integration with IBM RQM to operate quality tests on deployed applications.

Companies using IBM UrbanCode Deploy:

The top companies currently using IBM UrbanCode Deploy are listed below:

  • PNC
  • Analog Devices
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Amica Mutual Insurance
  • Huntington

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8. AWS CodeDeploy

AWS CodeDeploy is an automated deployment tool offered by Amazon. It automates software deployments to a variety of computing services like AWS Lambda, Amazon EC2, and on-premises servers. It makes easy for you to rapidly release new features and reduce downtime during application deployment while handling complex updates.

Cost price: AWS CodeDeploy is free for code deployments to Amazon EC2 instances, and charges for teams based on on-premise instance update. 

Advantages:

  • AWS CodeDeploy offers reliable and rapid deployments.
  • Maximizes your application availability during the software deployment process and reduces downtime.
  • Easy to launch and track application deployment status through AWS CLI or AWS management console.
  • Easily integrates with the current software release process or continuous delivery toolchain.
  • Easy to adopt as it is, and works with any application.
  • CodeDeploy can deploy simultaneously to the same set of instances.

Companies using AWS CodeDeploy:

The major companies using AWS CodeDeploy are listed below:

  • Algorithmia
  • Indica
  • Hello Labs
  • Adsia
  • Zugata
  • Eventtus

9. DeployBot

DeployBot can connect to any Git Repository and enables manual or automatic deployments for any kind of environment. It supports various integrations including the ability to deploy through Slack.

Cost price: DeployBot offers three base pricing tiers such as a basic plan for $15, plus plan for $25, and Premium plan for $50 per month.

Advantages:

  • DeployBot allows you to compile or execute codes on servers while deployment using pre-defined or completely custom Docker containers.
  • Provides a feature for updating Elastic Beanstalk seamlessly and if any issues are found, you can rollback them within a short time.
  • Provision to monitor the actual deployment process and also provides the ease of canceling the deployment process if there is any unusual activity found in the process.
  • Based on the commits, it can search for keywords which can trigger automatic deployments

Companies using DeployBot:

The companies currently using DeployBot are listed below:

  • Sellsuki
  • Edify
  • Kiwi
  • Millstream
  • Kasper systems

10. Shippable:

Shippable, yet another Continuous Delivery DevOps tool, comes with no additional DevOps code. It is one of the easiest, frictionless tools and comes 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. Shippable runs to build on Docker-based containers which are in turn termed as MINIONS.

Cost price: Free for one concurrent job and charges for each additional job based on public and private projects.

Advantages:

  • It’s a complete package for your build, package, and deployment needs.
  • It's easy to configure Shippable by a simple YAML file ‘shippable.yml’.
  • Provides support for multiple runtimes and environments.
  • Supports a wide range of integrations such as AWS Elastic Beanstalk (EB), DigitalOcean, OpenShift, etc.
  • Presents separate pipelines for separate branches of code repositories.

Companies using Shippable:

The top companies currently using Shippable are listed below:

  • Clean Harbors
  • Worldpay
  • Wayfair
  • Stericycle
  • Booklt

Conclusion: 

Therefore, in this page, we have gone through various aspects of continuous deployment tools such as the need for their usage, along with their advantages, cost prices, and companies currently using them. Hope this information will be helpful for you to evaluate which tool suits best for your production setup.

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Madhuri Yerukala
About The Author

Madhuri is a Senior Content Creator at MindMajix. She has written about a range of different topics on various technologies, which include, Splunk, Tensorflow, Selenium, and CEH. She most of her time researching on technology, and startups. Connect with her via LinkedIn and Twitter .


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