AWS CodeBuild vs Azure Container Service

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AWS CodeBuild vs Azure Container Service: What are the differences?

Developers describe AWS CodeBuild as "Build and test code with continuous scaling". AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers. On the other hand, Azure Container Service is detailed as "Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose". Azure Container Service optimizes the configuration of popular open source tools and technologies specifically for Azure. You get an open solution that offers portability for both your containers and your application configuration. You select the size, the number of hosts, and choice of orchestrator tools, and Container Service handles everything else.

AWS CodeBuild belongs to "Continuous Integration" category of the tech stack, while Azure Container Service can be primarily classified under "Containers as a Service".

Some of the features offered by AWS CodeBuild are:

  • Fully Managed Build Service
  • Continuous Scaling
  • Enables Continuous Integration

On the other hand, Azure Container Service provides the following key features:

  • Create a container hosting solution optimized for Azure
  • Scale and orchestrate applications using Apache Mesos or Docker Swarm
  • Use popular open source, client-side tooling

"Pay per minute" is the top reason why over 4 developers like AWS CodeBuild, while over 3 developers mention "Easy to setup, very agnostic" as the leading cause for choosing Azure Container Service.

Convox, Volta Industries, and ChromaDex are some of the popular companies that use AWS CodeBuild, whereas Azure Container Service is used by QwikSense, Veris, and Sensewaves. AWS CodeBuild has a broader approval, being mentioned in 21 company stacks & 14 developers stacks; compared to Azure Container Service, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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What is AWS CodeBuild?

AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers.

What is Azure Container Service?

Azure Container Service optimizes the configuration of popular open source tools and technologies specifically for Azure. You get an open solution that offers portability for both your containers and your application configuration. You select the size, the number of hosts, and choice of orchestrator tools, and Container Service handles everything else.
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      What are some alternatives to AWS CodeBuild and Azure Container Service?
      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.
      AWS CodePipeline
      CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process models you define.
      Apache Maven
      Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
      GitLab CI
      GitLab offers a continuous integration service. If you add a .gitlab-ci.yml file to the root directory of your repository, and configure your GitLab project to use a Runner, then each merge request or push triggers your CI pipeline.
      AWS CodeDeploy
      AWS CodeDeploy is a service that automates code deployments to Amazon EC2 instances. AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier for you to rapidly release new features, helps you avoid downtime during deployment, and handles the complexity of updating your applications.
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      Engineering Manager at Segment
      Review ofAWS CodeBuildAWS CodeBuild

      The open-source Convox Platform-as-a-Service is built entirely on AWS cloud services.

      Through this lens, it's been obvious that AWS has been missing a managed build service. For the past year we've had to work around this by building our own build service on ECS and ECR. You can read more on my AWS Missing Parts: Build Service blog post.

      So I'm excited to finally have this service. After a quick weekend prototype, the service works as expected and will unlock Cheaper, Faster and Safer Builds for our systems.

      This is a classic AWS service. It's tricky to figure out all the options. I recommend jumping straight to the Docker example docs:

      You'll need to figure IAM, Build Project JSON, and Build Spec YAML to get it all working.

      But once you do, you've unlocked managed builds on small, medium or large compute types. No instances required!

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      build, test, deploys code

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