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.
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.
|Easy Installation||Agile Tools|
|Open Source||Hosted Git repositories|
|Rich landscape of plugins||YAML based pipelines|
|Git hub Stars||17K||N/A|
|Hacker News Points||217||11.1K|
|Stack Overflow Questions||44.2K||19.5K|
|AWS Code deploy||Visual Studio|
|Hosted Internally||Complete & Powerfull|
|Open source||Huge extension ecosystem|
|Great for build and deploy||Azure Integration|
|Tons of integration||One stop shop for CI/CD & project management|
|Rich set of plugins||Deployment Groups and Environments|
|Configuration As Code||YAML based pipelines|
|Minimalist design||Integrated artifact management|
|Shared library||Azure pipeline templates|
|Groovy gets hard to manage||Dependent on C# for agents|
|Plugin compatibility issues||Limited integration with Jenkins|
|No support for YAML||Half Baked|
|Too much dependent on plugins||Azure hosted agents can really hamper the executions at times|
Google Trends showing Azure Devops vs Jenkins interest over time
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!!!
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