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The Best Deployment Automation Tools Currently Available

by Nikki Gannon, on Aug 28, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Deployment automation involves provisioning applications and configurations. This allows applications to be deployed across the diverse environments that exist within the deployment process as well as the production environment. Application development, environment modeling, and workflow orchestration are some of the key ingredients for deployment automation. 

Deployment automation is beneficial to organizations in a variety of ways. These benefits include less error-prone deployments, the ability for any team member to deploy software, engineers can get back to developing, and teams can release more frequently. To help you reap these benefits, we put together a list of the best deployment automation tools. 

a diagram of a deployment pipeline

The Best Deployment Automation Tools Currently Available  

1. Jenkins 

Jenkins is an open-source automation server that automates builds, tests, and deployments in the development lifecycle. Teams use it to help them create reliable applications and a quicker rate. 

Jenkins’ robust feature set allows teams to integrate existing tools and to benefit from CI/CD automation including testing and deployment processes. 

Features 

  • Extensible CI server to enable a continuous delivery hub 
  • Easy set-up and configuration using web interface with built-in help 
  • Robust set of plugins and key integrations 
  • Easily distribute builds across multiple machines 

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2. ElectricFlow 

ElectricFlow provides a centralized platform for automatic deployments so teams can reduce overhead and eliminate silos. It contains an extensive set of features including release management, multiple dashboards, and an extensive plugins list that allow teams to control the entire application lifecycle. 

Features 

  • Fully scalable deployments to any environment 
  • Manage all tools, environments, dependencies, and pipelines across the entire organization 
  • Centralized securely removes platform silos and decreases the management burden, at scale 
  • Multiple dashboards for CI, releases, deployments, microservices, and data 

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3. Visual Studio 

Microsoft’s Visual Studio is an integrated development environment that is focused around DevOps. Users can build any app using any language they choose to improve code quality and increase productivity. 

Visual Studio builds and deploys applications on any platform. With a variety of tools such as code editors, free access to cloud services, and free access to software trials and downloads, users can easily reduce the time to build and deploy applications. 

Features 

  • Debugger that allows you to review your variables in the editor and provides data tips to quickly find and remediate bugs 
  • Write and debug unit tests in your framework of choice 
  • Customizable integrated development environment via multiple extensions 

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4IBM Urban Code 

IBM Urban Code is a on-prem or cloud release automation solution for builds, deployments, and releases of microservices-based or monolithic applications. 

It automates manual processes via governance, security, and auditability, so teams can streamline them and enhance controls. It supports the management of pipelines, visibility, and automation across a variety of tools. 

Features 

  • Incorporate release pipelines in CI/CD processes 
  • Identify and monitor components with model-driven releases 
  • Ease the deployment process using key integrations to ensure the security of your data and applications 

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5AWS CodeDeploy 

AWS CodeDeploy gives users centralized control of deployments. Users can easily use it to view the progress of applications and their history to make important decisions regarding their deployment processes. 

Features 

  • Repeatable and on-premises deployments with automatic scaling 
  • Minimize downtime with deployment health tracking 
  • Centralized control through monitoring deployments and their history 
  • Language agnostic and multiple tool chain integrations 

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6DeployBot 

DeployBot allows teams to send code from many development branches to multiple servers simultaneously. It offers teams the choice of manual or automatic deployments depending on their processes, and integrates with tools such as GitHub, GitLab, Amazon AWS, and others. 

Features 

  • Manual or automatic deployments to trigger deployments when you’re ready 
  • Tools for multiple environments to push code to many servers at the same time 
  • Build code and execute scripts on servers during deployment 
  • Monitor deployments and receive notifications on them 

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7Shippable 

Shippable uses the ‘assembly line’ mentality to connect all of your DevOps tools and activities into an organized workflow. 

Shippable’s DevOps Assembly Line Platform gives teams the ability to easily and quickly build end-to-end Continuous Delivery workflows. This eliminates the need to build ad hoc scripts for automation. 

Features 

  • Build your own host so you don’t need to store data in external servers 
  • Optimize DevOps and CI/CD operations through automation 
  • Continuous improvement through analytics and reports 
  • Secure workflows using Role-Based Access Control 

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8TeamCity 

TeamCity is a Java-based CI server that helps teams to automate their deployments. The tool provides users with information regarding their build progress and the history of other projects and configurations. 

TeamCity integrates with many of the most popular DevOps tools and provides powerful Continuous Integration through remote and pre-tested commits. TeamCity can also discover build vulnerabilities before a build is finished, eliminating the risks of errors before a build moves through the remaining parts of the lifecycle. 

Features 

  • Simple configuration practices to avoid duplications of code and settings 
  • Tracks history of builds, changes, and failures to give insight for development processes 
  • Build agents that solidify a build infrastructure  
  • Code quality tracking to ensure the quality of packages 
  • Key integrations to help teams implement and benefit from Continuous Integration 

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9Bamboo 

Bamboo Server connects with Jira, Bitbucket, and hundreds of other tools to create a single workflow from teams’ automated builds, tests, and releases. Teams can continue to set up their CI builds the same as they always do and can feed their artifacts into their deployment projects. 

Features 

  • Extensive tech stack suitable for any language and technology 
  • Deployment projects that hold the software that is to be deployed and which environments to deploy to 
  • Dedicated agents that detect issues to allow users to fix critical builds quickly 
  • Visibility of all code changes and Jira software issues that come up in previous deploys 

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10BuildBot 

BuildBot is a Python-based CI tool that queues, executes, and reports results for various jobs within the application lifecycle. The tool supports the automation of complex builds along with other application deployments. 

BuildBot allows teams to set up job frameworks so they can begin automating their deployment processes. The tool provides the structure and components necessary for teams to do so. Teams can integrate with tools they are currently using to give them the functionality they need. 

Features 

  • Extensible and customizable interface to set up custom build processes 
  • Variety of status-reporting tools that give users information about builds 
  • Can set up specific configuration through customization 

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an application being deployed to end-users

11CircleCI 

CircleCI automates your end-to-end deployment process across a variety of languages and integrates seamlessly with other tools to maker the process of adding reports and other components to CircleCI projects effortless. 

Features 

  • Define and orchestrate workflows or jobs to control the development processes 
  • First-class Docker support for your Docker images 
  • Use Secure Shell (SSH) or run jobs in your local environment to detect and remediate issues quickly 

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12. Travis CI 

Travis CI lets teams sync their GitHub projects with the tool for automated testing and deployment. 

Travis CI can also automatically detect when a commit is made and pushed to a GitHub repository and then try to build and test a project’s code. Builds that pass the testing can be automatically deployed. 

Features 

  • Pull request support to ensure that a project is tested before merging 
  • Pre-installed database services that can be enabled into your build configuration 
  • Auto-deploy passing builds for efficiency 

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13GitLab 

GitLab is a DevOps CI/CD tool that allows teams to implement project planning, source code management, monitoring, and security into their software development lifecycle. It integrates with existing tools, workflow policies, and project/quality management processes to increase the ability of toolchains to deliver quality applications faster.  

Features 

  • Source code management through branching tools to create, view, and manage project data 
  • Increased security via workflow authorizations management 
  • Manage projects through various dashboards and Kanban boards to track status and detect issues that need remediation 

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14Gradle 

Gradle is a deployment automation tool that is designed for mobile apps and microservices in conjunction with web applications. It is a highly customizable and fast platform that can customize build automation processes to meet business needs. 

Gradle is commonly used for Android but also supports other technologies and languages. 

Features 

  • Incremental builds to check if tasks are up to date and the configuration of tasks 
  • Collaborative debugging to share build scans with teammates and solve problems together 
  • Continuous build mode watches for changes of the input of a task 

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15. Capistrano 

Capistrano is a remote server automation tool used to build automated deployment scripts. Written in Ruby, the tool deploys projects in any language or framework. 

Capistrano is commonly used to deploy web applications to a number of machines simultaneously. The tool also automates audits of your machines and can also automate other common tasks within software teams. 

Features 

  • Capability to tag each server with one or more roles 
  • Run deployment tasks simultaneously across servers 
  • Define a standard deployment that all projects follow by default 

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16Codeship 

Codeship lets teams set up everything using the web interface and can run their builds on pre-configured machines. It contains flexible workflows and configurations so teams can set them up as needed and also allows users to define containers for their build environments. 

Features 

  • Pre-configured CI environment with pre-installed dependencies that keeps build machines ready-to-go 
  • Web driven CI/CD workflow to set up your user interface how you desire 
  • Run multiple different builds on the same build VM 
  • Dependency caching to reduce time re-creating build environments 
  • Set up tests in parallel to speed up builds 

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17Automic 

Automic uses front-end DevOps processes to create better back-end applications. The tool automates the DevOps toolchain to allow teams to streamline releases to ensure predictability and compliance. Users can also test and analyze multiple application releases to ensure there are no vulnerabilities within an application 

Automic provides as-code capabilities to allow teams to establish an automation standard across the business. Teams can quickly deliver their applications reliably from development to production without compromising their quality and stability. 

Features 

  • Workload automation to create, monitor, and manage your applications 
  • Continuous Delivery that allows application release and deployment to coordinate with business processes 
  • Service orchestration across business, application, and infrastructure layers 
  • Microservice to mainframe support 

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18Distelli 

Distelli deploys Kubernetes clusters anywhere using a cloud or on-premises server. It then deploys a small agent on each deployment server that monitors the activity of that server so users can view the server’s activity from any device. 

Features 

  • Cloud service code deployments 
  • Monitor servers using agents 
  • Launch software in correlation with business demands 

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19GoCD 

GoCD is an open source CD server that integrates with many existing DevOps tools and creates complex, visual workflow modelingIt also tracks every change across all tools in the workflow, making it easier to troubleshoot a broken pipeline. 

Features 

  • Model complex workflows for fast feedback and on-demand deployment 
  • Visibility over end-to-end workflows to track changes and assess for risks 
  • Test verification and reporting to ensure reliability before deployment 

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Automated Deployments are Safer and Faster

Deployment automation allows teams to reap the benefits of less error-prone deployments, so they can get back to developing. In doing so, this allows teams to create reliable software that can be released more frequently. 

Inedo DevOps tools maximize developer time, minimize release risk, and empower stakeholders to bring their vision to life faster—all with the people and technology you have right now. To get help streamlining your CI/CD processes, contact mgoulis@inedo.com 

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