AWS CodePipeline vs. Octopus Deploy

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AWS CodePipeline
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
AWS CodePipeline is a fully managed continuous delivery service that helps users automate release pipelines for fast, reliable application and infrastructure updates. CodePipeline automates the build, test, and deploy phases of the release process every time there is a code change, based on the release model a user defines. This is to enable rapid, reliable delivery of features and updates. Users can integrate AWS CodePipeline with third-party services such as GitHub or with a custom plugin. AWS…
$1
per active pipeline/per month
Octopus Deploy
Score 8.9 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Australian company Octopus Deploy offers their eponymous automated deployment and release management software that integrates with the user's preferred CI server and adds deployment & ops automation capabilities. Octopus Deploy enables developers, release managers, and operations folks to bring all automation into a single place. The vendor states that by reusing configuration variables, environment definition, API keys, connection strings, permissions, service principals, and automation logic,…
$12
per month
Pricing
AWS CodePipelineOctopus Deploy
Editions & Modules
AWS CodePipeline
$1
per active pipeline/per month
Free Tier
Free
Cloud
Free 30 day trial
unlimited targets/users/projects
Server
Free 30 day trial
unlimited targets/users/projects
Enterprise
Starting at $18 per month
Enterprise
Starting at $18 per month
Server
Starting at $12 per month
Cloud
Starting at $12 per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AWS CodePipelineOctopus Deploy
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsOctopus Server edition is available as a 30 day free trial on our unlimited tier for any scenario, including production, and commercial use. After the trial period ends you can keep your working configuration and upgrade to a paid license and continue deploying uninterrupted. Octopus Cloud is an alternative that is hosted by us, and is also available as a 30 day unlimited trial. No credit card is needed to create a Octopus Cloud trial instance. You can convert the Cloud trial to a paid instance at any time during or after the trial period, and keep all of your instance configuration. Octopus also offers an Enterprise tier which offers advanced features for teams at scale including, advanced high availability, insights & DORA metrics, ServiceNow & Jira Service Management integration, unlimited instances, 24/7 support & service credits, and a Customer Success Manager. Volume discounts are available above 500 targets, and temporary bursting for certain scenarios is supported.
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Enterprises
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User Ratings
AWS CodePipelineOctopus Deploy
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(8 ratings)
8.6
(24 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.4
(10 ratings)
Performance
6.8
(2 ratings)
8.5
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(2 ratings)
8.2
(9 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.4
(2 ratings)
8.5
(4 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
AWS CodePipelineOctopus Deploy
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
I think AWS CodePipeline is a great tool for anyone wanted automated deployments in a multi-server/container AWS environment. AWS also offers services like Elastic Beanstalk that provide a more managed hosting & deployment experience. CodePipeline is a good middle ground with solid, built-in automation with enough customizability to not lock people into one deployment or architecture philosophy.
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Octopus Deploy
Octopus Deploy is a well though [the] solution to the deployment orchestration problem. It is a reliable and robust solution that is relatively simple to understand. [Its] UI is friendly and easy to use, The support and documentation [are] excellent and the product seems to fit into any organization’s process very well and with less effort than other products in this space. I actually find it a pleasure to work with [every day] and I am glad to have it as an integral part of our process.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • It is reliable and works without errors
  • It integrates well with our repository and all other AWS functions as well as our end database
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Octopus Deploy
  • Octopus integrates nicely with TeamCity, our build server.
  • Octopus uses the same deployment packages across environments and makes it easy to track their progress across those environments.
  • Octopus makes it easy to handle configuration across environments which is usually a particularly difficult task.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • Ease of use - things like CircleCI or other tools are a bit easier to learn.
  • Ability to build from more sources.
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Octopus Deploy
  • UI is very fluffy and padded. It looks pretty but it could benefit from a more compact, information-focused design
  • Deployment process options are not always laid out in an intuitive manner. Choosing which steps to exclude, which environments or targets to deploy to, etc., is not immediately clear
  • Lack of useful reports and metrics for tracking active deployments and historical data
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Likelihood to Renew
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Octopus Deploy
Would be a 10 except for the retirement of the free Community Edition.
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Usability
Amazon AWS
Overall, I give AWS Codepipeline a 9 because it gets the job done and I can't complain much about the web interface as much of the action is taking place behind the scenes on the terminal locally or via Amazon's infrastructure anyway. It would be nicer to have a better flowing and visualizable web interface, however.
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Octopus Deploy
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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Performance
Amazon AWS
Our pipeline takes about 30 minutes to run through. Although this time depends on the applications you are using on either end, I feel that it is a reasonable time to make upgrades and updates to our system as it is not an every day push.
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Octopus Deploy
Octopus Deploy is a software that runs very effectively, is easy to use, does not require such a high learning curve, provides the necessary tools to carry out the functions it offers, making it a very flexible software, it also allows that can be configured according to the needs of the user and provides integrations with other very advantageous tools since they are carried out in a very favorable way.
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Support Rating
Amazon AWS
We didn't need a lot of support with AWS CodePipeline as it was pretty straightforward to configure and use, but where we ran into problems, the AWS community was able to help. AWS support agents were also helpful in resolving some of the minor issues we encountered, which we could not find a solution elsewhere.
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Octopus Deploy
Octopus Deploy support has always been there for us, even when using the free tier, we get responsive hands-on help. We haven't needed to use that level of support since the documentation is clearly written, and help is readily available within the interface itself. Using Octopus Deploy is a truly joyful experience.
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
CodeCommit and CodeDeploy can be used with CodePipeline so it’s not really fair to stack them against each other as they can be quite the compliment. The same goes for Beanstalk, which is often used as a deployment target in relation to CodePipeline.

CodePipeline fulfills the CI/CD duty, where the other services do not focus on that specific function. They are supplements, not replacements. CodePipeline will detect the updated code and handle deploying it to the actual instance via Beanstalk.

Jenkins is open source and not a native AWS service, that is its primary differentiator. Jenkins can also be used as a supplement to CodePipeline.
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Octopus Deploy
There aren't really any competitors in the land of ASP.NET. Deployment is too ad-hoc. Other tools exist that have massive downsides, like Web Deploy. Most aren't even supported anymore. You could argue that containers (Docker) are a competitor, but containers cannot be used for everything and solve a somewhat different problem. Octopus Deploy is even able to help with containers. To us, Octopus Deploy was really the only really polished solution.
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Professional Services
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Octopus Deploy
Great support from professional services.
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • CodePipeline has reduced ongoing devops costs for my clients, especially around deployment & testing.
  • CodePipeline has sped up development workflow by making the deployment process automated off git pushes. Deployment takes very little coordination as the system will just trigger based on what is the latest commit in a branch.
  • CodePipeline offered a lot of out-of-the-box functionality that was much simpler to setup than a dedicated CI server. It allowed the deployment process to built and put into production with much less and effort and cost compared to rolling the functionality manually.
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Octopus Deploy
  • While not an inexpensive product, it has proven to be a good value. I don't have firm ROI numbers but our PROD deployment quality has improved, and we now measure deployment times in "person-minutes" rather than "person-hours".
  • Our defect rate due to missed configuration items has been significantly reduced.
  • Octopus has enhanced our ability to enforce SDLC separation-of-duties.
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