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Attribute Ratings

  • AWS CloudFormation is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

7.9

AWS CloudFormation

79%
5 Ratings
3.3

IBM Rational ClearCase

33%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon AWS

AWS CloudFormation is well suited for scenarios where all of your resources need to be provisioned on AWS but it is not suited for hybrid cloud deployments. It's very easy for someone new to learn. The level of customization offered as part of the template specifically for AWS services is great. There is also a UI tool where we can drag and drop the services we want and it generates an yaml file which is very easy to use. The visibility of stacks and its resources and one place where we can track and identify the issues in deployment is great.
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IBM

IBM Rational ClearCase might be better suited for a smaller / simpler code base. Larger code bases really slow it down... but then again there are better alternatives out there for source control
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Pros

Amazon AWS

  • SaaS
  • Paas
  • Iaas
  • On promises
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IBM

  • Rational ClearCase is excellent for handling versioning and branching. No other tool I've used has the depth that ClearCase has when it comes to handling complex branching scenarios and identifying where certain versions of particular files are within a particular configuration.
  • Rational ClearCase handles parallel development of many dependent applications really well.
  • The use of ClearCase Views to switch between projects and configurations is extremely convenient as opposed to the local workstation model of the competitors.
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Cons

Amazon AWS

  • Error Description upon Failure Needs to be Improved.
  • Slow to create, delete or update.
  • Need to delete resources manually. It can ask before starting deletion whether to skip those resources or delete them.
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IBM

  • Extremely buggy.
  • Sometimes the repository gets locked for no reason.
  • Slow.
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Pricing Details

AWS CloudFormation

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

AWS CloudFormation editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Free Tier - 1,000 Handler Operations per Month per Account$0.001
Handler Operation$0.00092

Footnotes

  1. none
  2. per handler operation

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

There is no additional charge for using AWS CloudFormation with resource providers in the following namespaces: AWS::*, Alexa::*, and Custom::*. In this case you pay for AWS resources (such as Amazon EC2 instances, Elastic Load Balancing load balancers, etc.) created using AWS CloudFormation as if you created them manually. You only pay for what you use, as you use it; there are no minimum fees and no required upfront commitments. When you use resource providers with AWS CloudFormation outside the namespaces mentioned above, you incur charges per handler operation. Handler operations are create, update, delete, read, or list actions on a resource.

IBM Rational ClearCase

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

IBM Rational ClearCase editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Alternatives Considered

    Amazon AWS

    We didn't look into anything else as Cloudformation was "built-in" for AWS, it just kind of made sense to go with that. Terraform was something that we briefly looked into Terraform but decides to stick with Cloudformation because our task was relatively "simple". Apparently if it's a bit more complex, Terraform might be the way to go.
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    IBM

    If development is centrallized to one location and your company releases hundreds of customized versions of your software per year, then ClearCase is the best tool for managing the complexity of multiple versions of customized software. If your company has globally distributed development, then I'd recommend Team Foundation Server over ClearCase. If your organization uses Agile Methodologies, then I'd recommend TFS with GIT.
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    Return on Investment

    Amazon AWS

    • It has a positive ROI
    • Less time inverted in bugs
    • More stable source code
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    IBM

    • Managed code versioning for many years.
    • Only one person can edit code at a time - slows processing down.
    • IBM is an expensive product to support.
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