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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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!