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Ansible

Ansible did a great job helping us patch simple security vulnerabilities on many servers. The code for the fix were no more than about 100 lines. We patched each vulnerability in about 10 minutes. We patched both the HeartBleed/OpenSSH along with the Shellshock Bash vulnerability on 200+ servers in a few days.
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Octopus Deploy

Octopus Deploy is one of the best options you've got if you are a Microsoft shop. It works seamlessly and is very easy to use and set up. The low cost of the product makes it an attractive option for organizations implementing Release automation processes.

If you are an organization working with open source technologies and not much invested in Microsoft products it makes sense to look at alternatives out there which are great.
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Pros

  • Communication over SSH
  • YAML syntax
  • Python modules
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  • Deployments are not more error-prone because there is no manual intervention. There had been cases in the past where a thing or two miss would cause a lot of heartburn during Prod release and we had to keep the whole herd together until everything was sorted out. With Octopus Deploy we can test the release with the repeat-ability and chances of running into issues has been minimized a lot.
  • Octopus Deploy works really well with the whole stack of Microsoft Products. It was one of the 1st 3rd party tools for Continuous Deployment focused on MS products when it was initially released. Over time, however, it has matured and supports nearly every technology under the sun for implementing automated deployments.
  • More frequent and parallel deployments. This is where Octopus really shines. This ensures that the QA team is constantly engaged and not waiting for the Dev team as releases are promoted to Test environments faster and ultimately helps to move new features/bug fixes to Prod faster thereby delivering tremendous business value and puts us in a good light in front of our consumers.
  • The tool has a very nice GUI and supports scripting in Powershell, C#, Bash, F#. The Octopus user community has developed close to 80 templates that can be used readily. Octopus works as seamlessly on the Cloud as it works on premises. It has first-class support for both AWS and Azure.
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Cons

  • Basic support for Windows
  • Underdeveloped GUI with limited features
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  • Support for non-Microsoft applications needs to be improved to bring it on par with other comparable automation tools.
  • It doesn't yet provide integration options with other IT management tools like JIRA and HP Support to implement continuous delivery and true DevOps processes.
  • Support for AWS/Azure has been included very recently and it's not still very mature and feature rich and is expected to improve further in upcoming releases.
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Octopus Deploy8.0
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Would be a 10 except for the retirement of the free Community Edition.
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Octopus Deploy7.0
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Octopus Deploy has greatly helped us to improve our reliability and frequency of our deployments and given us the confidence to deploy much more often, with a direct benefit to customers. Cross-platform support and release to Cloud require more focus on the product side.
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Alternatives Considered

  • Ansible is much simpler to get up and running with than Chef, as it requires no infrastructure or agent process or any configuration on the target machine. All you need is SSH access! However, you lose the capabilities that Chef server offers such as data bags (centralized data store with support for encryption), authorization rules, inventory status, periodic configuration pulls, version locking etc.
  • Ansible combines both infrastructure orchestration and configuration capabilities, therefore it can be used as a single tool to both create and configure your VMs on the cloud. However, it lacks the comprehensive support of various cloud resource types that Terraform offers. Terraform can be integrated with Ansible instead to implement an end-to-end process.
  • Ansible is a great replacement for Bash scripts. It natively supports many modules that will save you so many lines of codes, enforces readable YAML structure and is still very flexible and powerful.
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We looked at IBM UrbanCode Deploy and Release and Microsoft VSTS while looking for Application Release Automation tools. While VSTS doesn't work with cross-platform technologies IBM UrbanCode Deploy commands a premium price for the features it offers. Also, it needs UrbanCode Deploy and Releases to work well and results in implementation complexity. Octopus Deploy is best suited for MS products and the cost also worked in the selection factor.
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Return on Investment

  • Very positive given the fact it's free and helps me to adapt to new environments very fast and easily
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  • Using Octopus Deploy as the tool for implementing Release automation has really paid off and delivered great business value. It has helped us release 4 times faster than earlier with better quality and made us agiler.
  • Integration with IT management applications is lacking currently which would have driven the benefits of Release automation a notch up.
  • Developers love deployment tools like Octopus which take away the anxiety of Prod release and helps them to focus on their core strengths to deliver better software faster.
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Pricing Details

Ansible

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Free Trial
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No
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Octopus Deploy

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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No
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