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Azure DevOps vs Jenkins: What are the differences?

Azure DevOps and Jenkins are two popular tools used for automated software development and deployment. While they share some similarities, there are key differences that set them apart. Let's discuss the key differences between them.

  1. Integration with Microsoft Tools and Services: Azure DevOps is tightly integrated with various Microsoft tools and services, such as Azure cloud services, Visual Studio, and Active Directory. This allows seamless collaboration and integration within the Microsoft ecosystem. On the other hand, Jenkins is a more flexible tool and can integrate with a wide range of third-party tools and services, making it suitable for diverse development environments.

  2. Deployment Options: Azure DevOps provides a cloud-based solution, allowing users to host and manage their pipelines and repositories on the Azure platform. It also provides built-in support for deploying applications to Azure cloud services. In contrast, Jenkins offers more deployment flexibility as it can be installed on-premises or in any cloud environment. This makes Jenkins a preferred choice for organizations that require complete control over their infrastructure and deployment pipelines.

  3. Out-of-the-box Functionality: Azure DevOps offers a comprehensive set of integrated features, including version control, continuous integration (CI), continuous delivery (CD), and testing tools. These features are readily available and do not require extensive configuration. Jenkins, on the other hand, provides a more customizable approach, allowing users to define and configure their own CI/CD pipelines using plugins. This flexibility gives users more control over the pipeline setup but also requires more time and effort for initial setup and maintenance.

  4. Ease of Use: Azure DevOps provides a user-friendly web-based interface, making it relatively easy to set up and use. It provides a step-by-step guided experience for creating pipelines and managing projects. Jenkins, on the other hand, has a steeper learning curve, especially for users who are not familiar with its configuration and scripting concepts. While Jenkins provides a powerful and flexible platform, it requires a higher level of technical expertise to set up and maintain.

  5. Scalability: Azure DevOps is designed to scale seamlessly, allowing users to handle large projects and distributed teams with ease. It provides features like parallel execution, agent pools, and scalability in the cloud. Jenkins can also handle large-scale projects, but it requires more manual configuration and management to ensure optimal performance. Users need to set up their own distributed build infrastructure and manage resources effectively to achieve scalability in Jenkins.

  6. Pricing Model: Azure DevOps offers different pricing options, including a free tier for small teams and pay-as-you-go plans for larger organizations. It provides transparent pricing based on the number of users and usage. Jenkins, on the other hand, is an open-source tool that is free to use. However, organizations using Jenkins need to invest in infrastructure, maintenance, and support, which can add to the overall cost.

In summary, Azure DevOps provides seamless integration with Microsoft tools and services, offers a cloud-based deployment option, and has out-of-the-box functionality with a user-friendly interface. On the other hand, Jenkins offers more flexibility, customizable pipelines, ease of scalability, and a free pricing model.

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We are currently using Azure Pipelines for continous integration. Our applications are developed witn .NET framework. But when we look at the online Jenkins is the most widely used tool for continous integration. Can you please give me the advice which one is best to use for my case Azure pipeline or jenkins.

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Mohammad Hossein Amri
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I'm open to anything. just want something that break less and doesn't need me to pay for it, and can be hosted on Docker. our scripting language is powershell core. so it's better to support it. also we are building dotnet core in our pipeline, so if they have anything related that helps with the CI would be nice.

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Ankit Malik
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Google cloud build can help you. It is hosted on cloud and also provide reasonable free quota.

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I'm planning to setup complete CD-CD setup for spark and python application which we are going to deploy in aws lambda and EMR Cluster. Which tool would be best one to choose. Since my company is trying to adopt to concourse i would like to understand what are the lack of capabilities concourse have . Thanks in advance !

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Maxi Krone
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I would definetly recommend Concourse to you, as it is one of the most advanced modern methods of making CI/CD while Jenkins is an old monolithic dinosaur. Concourse itself is cloudnative and containerbased which helps you to build simple, high-performance and scalable CI/CD pipelines. In my opinion, the only lack of skills you have with Concourse is your own knowledge of how to build pipelines and automate things. Technincally there is no lack, i would even say you can extend it way more easily. But as a Con it is more easy to interact with Jenkins if you are only used to UIs. Concourse needs someone which is capable of using CLIs.

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From a StackShare Community member: "Currently we use Travis CI and have optimized it as much as we can so our builds are fairly quick. Our boss is all about redundancy so we are looking for another solution to fall back on in case Travis goes down and/or jacks prices way up (they were recently acquired). Could someone recommend which CI we should go with and if they have time, an explanation of how they're different?"

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Dustin Falgout
Senior Developer at Elegant Themes · | 13 upvotes · 557.8K views

We use CircleCI because of the better value it provides in its plans. I'm sure we could have used Travis just as easily but we found CircleCI's pricing to be more reasonable. In the two years since we signed up, the service has improved. CircleCI is always innovating and iterating on their platform. We have been very satisfied.

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Peter Thomas
Distinguished Engineer at Intuit · | 9 upvotes · 868.6K views
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As the maintainer of the Karate DSL open-source project - I found Travis CI very easy to integrate into the GitHub workflow and it has been steady sailing for more than 2 years now ! It works well for Java / Apache Maven projects and we were able to configure it to use the latest Oracle JDK as per our needs. Thanks to the Travis CI team for this service to the open-source community !

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I use Google Cloud Build because it's my first foray into the CICD world(loving it so far), and I wanted to work with something GCP native to avoid giving permissions to other SaaS tools like CircleCI and Travis CI.

I really like it because it's free for the first 120 minutes, and it's one of the few CICD tools that enterprises are open to using since it's contained within GCP.

One of the unique things is that it has the Kaniko cache, which speeds up builds by creating intermediate layers within the docker image vs. pushing the full thing from the start. Helpful when you're installing just a few additional dependencies.

Feel free to checkout an example: Cloudbuild Example

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I use Travis CI because of various reasons - 1. Cloud based system so no dedicated server required, and you do not need to administrate it. 2. Easy YAML configuration. 3. Supports Major Programming Languages. 4. Support of build matrix 6. Supports AWS, Azure, Docker, Heroku, Google Cloud, Github Pages, PyPi and lot more. 7. Slack Notifications.

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Oded Arbel
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You are probably looking at another hosted solution: Jenkins is a good tool but it way too work intensive to be used as just a backup solution.

I have good experience with Circle-CI, Codeship, Drone.io and Travis (as well as problematic experiences with all of them), but my go-to tool is Gitlab CI: simple, powerful and if you have problems with their limitations or pricing, you can always install runners somewhere and use Gitlab just for scheduling and management. Even if you don't host your git repository at Gitlab, you can have Gitlab pull changes automatically from wherever you repo lives.

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Decisions about Azure DevOps and Jenkins

Jenkins is a pretty flexible, complete tool. Especially I love the possibility to configure jobs as a code with Jenkins pipelines.

CircleCI is well suited for small projects where the main task is to run continuous integration as quickly as possible. Travis CI is recommended primarily for open-source projects that need to be tested in different environments.

And for something a bit larger I prefer to use Jenkins because it is possible to make serious system configuration thereby different plugins. In Jenkins, I can change almost anything. But if you want to start the CI chain as soon as possible, Jenkins may not be the right choice.

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Pros of Azure DevOps
Pros of Jenkins
  • 56
    Complete and powerful
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    Huge extension ecosystem
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    Azure integration
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    Flexible and powerful
  • 26
    One Stop Shop For Build server, Project Mgt, CDCI
  • 15
    Everything I need. Simple and intuitive UI
  • 13
    Support Open Source
  • 8
    Integrations
  • 7
    GitHub Integration
  • 6
    One 4 all
  • 6
    Cost free for Stakeholders
  • 6
    Project Mgmt Features
  • 5
    Crap
  • 5
    Runs in the cloud
  • 3
    Agent On-Premise(Linux - Windows)
  • 2
    Aws integration
  • 2
    Link Test Cases to Stories
  • 2
    Jenkins Integration
  • 1
    GCP Integration
  • 523
    Hosted internally
  • 469
    Free open source
  • 318
    Great to build, deploy or launch anything async
  • 243
    Tons of integrations
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    Rich set of plugins with good documentation
  • 111
    Has support for build pipelines
  • 68
    Easy setup
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    It is open-source
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    Workflow plugin
  • 13
    Configuration as code
  • 12
    Very powerful tool
  • 11
    Many Plugins
  • 10
    Continuous Integration
  • 10
    Great flexibility
  • 9
    Git and Maven integration is better
  • 8
    100% free and open source
  • 7
    Slack Integration (plugin)
  • 7
    Github integration
  • 6
    Self-hosted GitLab Integration (plugin)
  • 6
    Easy customisation
  • 5
    Pipeline API
  • 5
    Docker support
  • 4
    Fast builds
  • 4
    Hosted Externally
  • 4
    Excellent docker integration
  • 4
    Platform idnependency
  • 3
    AWS Integration
  • 3
    JOBDSL
  • 3
    It's Everywhere
  • 3
    Customizable
  • 3
    Can be run as a Docker container
  • 3
    It`w worked
  • 2
    Loose Coupling
  • 2
    NodeJS Support
  • 2
    Build PR Branch Only
  • 2
    Easily extendable with seamless integration
  • 2
    PHP Support
  • 2
    Ruby/Rails Support
  • 2
    Universal controller

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Cons of Azure DevOps
Cons of Jenkins
  • 8
    Still dependant on C# for agents
  • 5
    Many in devops disregard MS altogether
  • 4
    Capacity across cross functional teams not visibile
  • 4
    Not a requirements management tool
  • 4
    Half Baked
  • 3
    Jack of all trades, master of none
  • 3
    Poor Jenkins integration
  • 2
    Tedious for test plan/case creation
  • 13
    Workarounds needed for basic requirements
  • 10
    Groovy with cumbersome syntax
  • 8
    Plugins compatibility issues
  • 7
    Lack of support
  • 7
    Limited abilities with declarative pipelines
  • 5
    No YAML syntax
  • 4
    Too tied to plugins versions

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What is Azure DevOps?

Azure DevOps provides unlimited private Git hosting, cloud build for continuous integration, agile planning, and release management for continuous delivery to the cloud and on-premises. Includes broad IDE support.

What is Jenkins?

In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.

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