Blue Ocean vs Solano CI: What are the differences?
Blue Ocean: A reboot of the Jenkins CI/CD User Experience. Designed from the ground up for Jenkins Pipeline and compatible with Freestyle jobs, Blue Ocean reduces clutter and increases clarity for every member of your team; Solano CI: Massively Scalable Continuous Integration and Deployment. Faster Continuous Integration and Deployment with patented auto-parallelization. See results 10 to 80x faster. 14-day free trial. No credit card required.
Blue Ocean and Solano CI can be categorized as "Continuous Integration" tools.
Some of the features offered by Blue Ocean are:
- Sophisticated visualizations of CD pipelines, allowing for fast and intuitive comprehension of software pipeline status.
- Pipeline editor (In Development) that makes automating CD pipelines approachable by guiding the user through an intuitive and visual process to create a pipeline.
- Personalization of the Jenkins UI to suit the role-based needs of each member of the DevOps team.
On the other hand, Solano CI provides the following key features:
- Parallel performance: safe parallel execution and dynamic task distribution finish builds up to 80x faster, automatically
- Painless, revision-controlled setup: fast self-service setup for new projects and branches, compact YAML configuration file that lives in the code repository
"Beautiful interface" is the primary reason why developers consider Blue Ocean over the competitors, whereas "Uber-fast highly customizable parallel builds" was stated as the key factor in picking Solano CI.
Blue Ocean is an open source tool with 2.49K GitHub stars and 435 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Blue Ocean's open source repository on GitHub.
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Some of the stuff I've enjoyed the most about Solano:
- turnkey parallelism out of the box, with very little setup required (ie, it's fasstttt with almost no work)
- in all, when I set it up 2 years ago, I found it much easier to set up than the competitor service we were using at the time (and I've set up a couple competing services since then -- this is is still the easiest)
- sane defaults, project auto-detection, extensive configuration available (versions of everything)
- useful parsed results that are sortable & filterable (ie, you can filter just to show failed specs)
- github integration (commit hooks + badges on PRs)
- cached dependencies (for ruby, it's the bundle by default but you can add custom stuff like assets)
- infinitely customizable (I set up a project to run specs for a mobile app I'm building. maybe not impressive to some of you but as a rails developer, I thought it was cool)
Solano is a great CI tool, and it has become an essential part of our build process. The suite builds in parallel, which makes test runs fast. The support team is super responsive and helpful.
"There are a ton of excellent strategies for speeding up Rails test suites—aggressive use of stubbing/test doubles, decoupling logic from models, avoiding loading Rails entirely—but given the size of our codebase and the velocity with which we’re moving, most of these weren’t immediately feasible. We needed a build system that would allow us to parallelize our test suite so that the real time taken to run the suite was manageable.
Our SRE team went through several different continuous integration solutions in the last year before settling on Solano.
Each of the previous systems had some issue: instability, memory consumption, poor DB management, poor parallelization, painful web UI, you name it. What Solano gives us is an on-premise solution with excellent native support for fanning out tests to multiple threads, running them in parallel, and then assembling the results. It has a great web UI, CLI support, and impressive performance. Since we started using it, our deploy workflow has grown noticeably faster, and the number of wails and anguished GIFs from frustrated engineers is at an all-time low."