Azure DevOps Alternatives
by Marisa Vesel, on Sep 16, 2019 1:00:00 PM
Microsoft Azure is a cloud-computing service for the building, testing, deploying, and managing of applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers. While Azure may be good for some organizations, some may find it’s not the right fit.
To help you decide what’s best for your organization, we’ve compiled a list of tools that are Azure DevOps alternatives.
Bamboo is a continuous integration, deployment, and delivery tool from Ansible that allows users to automate builds, tests, and releases together in a single workflow.
- Allows users to create multi-stage build plans and assign agents to critical builds and deployments
- Runs parallel automated tests to catch bugs easier and faster
- Offers per-environment permissions so that developers and QA are able to deploy to their own environments on demand while production stays locked down
- Works to fullest potential when integrated with Bitbucket and Jira Software
BuildMaster is a tool from Inedo that provides Continuous Delivery for legacy monoliths to containerized software. Additionally, BuildMaster is a fully functional Continuous Integration tool that acts as a complete CI/CD tool for organizations.
- Supports referencing or importing artifacts from other CI tools such as Jenkins, TeamCity, or Universal Repositories
- Runs automated testing (including unit testing and UI tests) applications and notifies team members of failures
- Creates and manages build artifacts for any deployment target, from simple ZIP files to complex container orchestrations in the cloud
- Automates deployments and targets virtually any platform used by any application organizations
CircleCI is a CI/CD tool able to operate in the cloud or on a private server. CircleCI is able to automate development processes quickly, safely, and at scale.
- Offers first-class Docker support with the ability to run images from Docker’s public or private registries with the ability to build Docker images or access Docker laying caching
- Allows users to have complete control over their development process by offering the ability to define and orchestrate how job execution is run
- Supports any language that builds on Linux or MacOS and allows users the freedom to use any toolchain, framework, or version
Jenkins is an open-source automation server that supports the building, deployment, and automating of any project. It is highly customizable and can meet unique user needs through hundreds of different plugins.
- Distributes work across multiple machines in order to help drive builds, tests, and deployments across multiple platforms
- Serves primarily as a Continuous Integration tool but offers the ability to be turned into a Continuous Delivery tool for any project
- Features an active and large community that work to extend the capabilities of the Jenkins tool
Octopus Deploy is a deployment automation server that orchestrates releases and deploys applications both on-premise and in the cloud. Octopus integrates with the top CI tools in order to complement your current toolkit as the CD component.
- Automates deployments but allows for manual intervention when approvals or guided failures are needed
- Deploys multiple copies of the same application for easy distribution to each end-customer
- Features “Spaces” as a way to easily organize the Octopus Server to group projects and environments for each team
Team City is a free enterprise-level CI/CD tool that features powerful Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. Team City offers unlimited users and unlimited builds with the ability to define up to 100 build configurations.
- Offers built-in system maintenance and reports on Disk Usage, Build Time, and Server Health to help maintain a healthy and stable CI server
- Offers flexible user management that includes the ability to assign user roles, sort users into groups, and log user actions
- Features several different ways to reuse settings so that code duplication and settings duplications are decreased
Travis CI is a tool that makes it easy to test and deploy projects from GitHub. It also offers free testing for open source projects.
- Supports over 30 different languages
- Ensures that every pull request is tested before it is merged
- Works closely with GitHub by allowing users to login to GitHub, test the project with Travis CI, and then push to GitHub
BuildMaster vs. Azure
BuildMaster and Azure DevOps are CI/CD process tools that model and automate end-to-end CI/CD, starting by building source code and ending with the software release. Both programs are popular and are often used together as part of a modern DevOps toolchain. But there are significant differences between the programs that impact developers’ productivity.
- BuildMaster: Designed for the sole purpose of joining Continuous Integration with Continuous Delivery. It is a self-service release platform that allows different teams to manage their own applications, deploy to their chosen environments and release applications at the pace the business demands.
- Azure: Azure’s core strength is software project management through integrated issue tracking and version control. However, the developer community often gets the sense that Azure DevOps doesn’t really know what it wants to be and has rebranded too often.
- BuildMaster: Upfront cost that includes all features and necessary upgrades.
- Azure: Azure DevOps Services and Server versions offer free-to-download versions. However, full functionality requires additional purchases, adding incremental purchases that often leads to high unexpected costs.
Upgrade v. New Program
- BuildMaster: A Windows-first solution. BuildMaster’s upgrades are incremental improvements to the functionality of the program based on smarter tech and feedback from developers. Users are able to choose when the upgrade happens and plan accordingly.
- Azure: When Azure rebranded their software from Visual Studio Team Services to Azure DevOps, users were “upgraded” to a program that, in reality, was a brand new product. Cloud-based users found themselves worse off as this update happened automatically. Additionally, a new user experience was implemented.
Both BuildMaster and Azure use pipelines, but only BuildMaster combines the build and deployment processes into a single pipeline, so there is visibility into the full lifecycle of deployment "packages" (whether artifacts, containers, or other) at inception.
In addition, the platforms have small but important differences in how they handle build and deployment operations like downloading artifacts, publishing, or executing scripts. Overall, BuildMaster’s single pipeline streamlines automated builds, testing, and verification and delivers ideas to production faster.
- BuildMaster: Uses operations, which may be drag/dropped via the plan editor or defined in a domain-specific language known as OtterScript. This allows users more control and the ability to tailor options in the build-deployment phase.
- Azure: Tasks are selected in the web UI or defined in YAML, but choices are limited.
If you’re interested in switching from Azure to BuildMaster, please feel free to download a BuildMaster Free Trial to better explore the tool. If you have a question or want to learn more about any of Inedo’s CI/CD tools, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.