Jenkins vs Azure DevOps

The world of DevOps is incomplete without ‘Continuous Integration’ and ‘Continuous Deployment’ after all these are among the building blocks of the methodology. When we talk about CI/CD the first name that comes to most peoples’ notice is Jenkins, one of the oldest and most flourished CI/CD tool in existence, however, there is one more name that’s picking up the pace as we talk, Azure DevOps, formerly known as Team Foundation Server. In this blog, we will see a detailed comparison of these two players and which one is your best fit.

The Differences:

Azure DevOps: It is often described as the complete project management and software shipment tool, providing unlimited hosted git repository for better code integration and a complete agile and project management solution both on cloud and on-premises.

Jenkins: The open source leading CI server known for it’s enormous integration plugins for building, testing and deploying virtually any application.

Key Features:

JenkinsAzure DevOps
Easy InstallationAgile Tools
Open SourceHosted Git repositories
Rich landscape of pluginsYAML based pipelines
Key features: Jenkins and Azure DevOps

Social Presence:

JenkinsAzure DevOps
Git hub Stars17KN/A
Hacker News Points21711.1K
Stack Overflow Questions44.2K19.5K
Redit Points62615.6
Source

Industry Presence:

JenkinsAzure DevOps
FacebookMicrosoft
NetflixVia Varejo
UdemyQR Point
InstacartQueue-it
Jenkins & Azure DevOps: Organization presence

Integration:

JenkinsAzure DevOps
SlackGithub
DatadogGit
Browse StackDocker
Azure DevOpsSlack
SonarqubeJenkins
RancherSlack
AWS Code deployVisual Studio
Octopus DeployEclipse
LiquibaseOctopus deploy
Various integrations available for Jenkins & Azure DevOps

Advantages:

JenkinsAzure DevOps
Hosted InternallyComplete & Powerfull
Open sourceHuge extension ecosystem
Great for build and deployAzure Integration
Tons of integrationOne stop shop for CI/CD & project management
Rich set of pluginsDeployment Groups and Environments
Configuration As CodeYAML based pipelines
Minimalist designIntegrated artifact management
Shared libraryAzure pipeline templates
Jenkins & Azure DevOps: Advantages

Limitations:

JenkinsAzure DevOps
Groovy gets hard to manageDependent on C# for agents
Plugin compatibility issuesLimited integration with Jenkins
No support for YAMLHalf Baked
Too much dependent on pluginsAzure hosted agents can really hamper the executions at times
Jenkins & Azure DevOps: Limitations

Google Trends showing Azure Devops vs Jenkins interest over time

The Verdict:

Like all the other CI/CD tools, both Azure DevOps and Jenkins have their pros and cons. While pointing out the limitations of both products is not the goal of this blog, it is safe to assume those are some of the reasons a team may choose one over the other. Alternatively, a more astute approach would be to look at what is required as the end goal.

Does the product support the programming technology the team is using? Does it integrate with your code repository? Are there support aspects that need to be considered for enterprise-level uptime related to the build and deploy system? These and a lot more should be considered when choosing a CI/CD system.

Conversely, the commercial aspect may be the reason why your team selects Azure DevOps over Jenkins or other similar products. Utilizing the commercial offerings may provide the right combination of support, updates, and disaster recovery to ensure a stable environment.

In the end it all boils down to what allows your team to perform in ways that not just completes the task but may also spur on additional innovation. With innovation and a stable path to delivery, many development teams enjoy their ability to focus on code instead of how that code is delivered. By examining Azure DevOps vs. Jenkins, you are sure to find the one that allows for the right approach for your group.

That’s all for this guys, I hope it helped you get some insights on the tool of your choice, do let us know which tool are you using for your implementations.

Till next time, happy learning!!!

Blog Pundit: Adeel Ahmad and Abhishek Dubey

Opstree is an End to End DevOps solution provider

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