40 Ratings
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Score 7.6 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

CircleCI

CircleCI is perfect for a CI/CD pipeline for an app using a standard build process. It'll take more work for a complex build process, but should still be up to the task unless you need a lot of integrations with other tools. If you have a big team and can spare someone to focus full time on just the CI/CD tools, maybe something like Jenkins is better, but if you're just looking to get your app built, tested, and delivered without a huge amount of effort, CircleCI is probably your preferred tool.
John Grosjean | TrustRadius Reviewer

Digital.ai Release (formerly XebiaLabs XL Release)

XL release fits very well when you need cross-team coordination in a release process where you want to coordinate an alpha or beta program with marketing as part of a major release process.
Kenneth Dick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

CircleCI

  • Multiple builds can be run at the same time in parallel.
  • The CircleCI web interface (UI/UX) is very easy to understand and use.
  • Easy Configuration to learn and use. Just a single configuration YAML file.
  • Many integrations. We use the GItHub, Slack, and DataDog integrations.
Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Digital.ai Release (formerly XebiaLabs XL Release)

  • Cross-team release workflow control using email, texts, scripts allow our release management to be truly a 360 process.
  • XL Release allowing our Jenkins toolchain to control the beginning of release trains which is very powerful.
  • XL release allows us to expose the business process flow for anyone to read direct at the source which runs the process instead of a separate vision.
Kenneth Dick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CircleCI

  • The "phases" their config file uses to separate out options seem very arbitrary and are not very helpful for organizing your config file
  • No way that I know of to configure which version of MongoDB you use. You have to write your own shell script to download and start MongoDB if you want a specific version.
  • Hard to access build artifacts in the UI
Valeri Karpov | TrustRadius Reviewer

Digital.ai Release (formerly XebiaLabs XL Release)

  • XL release is really only missing a consolidated calendar view where you can see the planned activity for the next month, it only knows about what is in progress.
Kenneth Dick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

CircleCI

CircleCI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
CircleCI interface is awesome in that it is relatively modern and makes it clear exactly which parts of the engineering lifecycle you are in
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Digital.ai Release (formerly XebiaLabs XL Release)

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Performance

CircleCI

CircleCI 7.9
Based on 4 answers
It's pretty snappy, even with using workflows with multiple steps and different docker images. I've seen builds take a long time if it's really involved, but from what I can tell, it's still at least on par if not faster than other build tools.
John Grosjean | TrustRadius Reviewer

Digital.ai Release (formerly XebiaLabs XL Release)

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Support Rating

CircleCI

CircleCI 7.0
Based on 11 answers
CircleCI support is very strong. The strong community and culture around the product have created a lot of technical documentation around specific situations that make debugging issues very easy. Also, the new Orbs processes allows for open sourcing of simple, small application containers and makes supporting that code for other very easy.
Stephen Groat | TrustRadius Reviewer

Digital.ai Release (formerly XebiaLabs XL Release)

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Alternatives Considered

CircleCI

Circle was the first CI with simple setup, great documentation, and tight integration with GitHub. Using Jenkins was too much maintenance and overhead, TeamCity was limited in how we could customize it and run concurrent builds, TravisCI was not available for private repos when we switched.
Paul Hepworth | TrustRadius Reviewer

Digital.ai Release (formerly XebiaLabs XL Release)

XL release is simpler to configure and deploy to the organization than other change management platforms I have used. That simplicity has minor drawbacks requiring you to fit into a limited set of control methods but that exercise helped us simplify a needlessly onerous process.
Kenneth Dick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CircleCI

  • It has eased the burden of standardizing our testing and deployment, making onboarding new developers much faster, and having to fix deployment mistakes much less often.
  • It allows us to focus our process around the GitHub workflow, ignoring the details of whatever environment the thing we're working on is actually hosted in. This saves us time.
Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

Digital.ai Release (formerly XebiaLabs XL Release)

  • XL release has improved our consistency of release process, removing multiple days worth of manual status checking and coordination.
  • XL release has allowed us to increase the number of beta releases we can support due to simplifying our release actions.
Kenneth Dick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CircleCI

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

CircleCI Editions & Modules

Edition
Free$01
Performance$301
ScaleCustom Pricing
Server$353
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Digital.ai Release (formerly XebiaLabs XL Release)

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Digital.ai Release (formerly XebiaLabs XL Release) Editions & Modules

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