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Go.CD vs Puppet Labs: What are the differences?

Developers describe Go.CD as "Open source continuous delivery tool allows for advanced workflow modeling and dependencies management". GoCD is an open source continuous delivery server created by ThoughtWorks. GoCD offers business a first-class build and deployment engine for complete control and visibility. On the other hand, Puppet Labs is detailed as "Server automation framework and application". Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.

Go.CD belongs to "Continuous Integration" category of the tech stack, while Puppet Labs can be primarily classified under "Server Configuration and Automation".

Some of the features offered by Go.CD are:

  • Model complex workflows with dependency management and parallel execution
  • Easy to pass once-built binaries between stages
  • Visibility into your end-to-end workflow. Track a change from commit to deploy at a glance

On the other hand, Puppet Labs provides the following key features:

  • Insight- Puppet Enterprise's event inspector gives immediate and actionable insight into your environment, showing you what changed, where and how by classes, nodes and resources.
  • Discovery- Puppet Enterprise delivers a dynamic and fully-pluggable discovery service that allows you to take advantage of any data source or real-time query results to quickly locate, identify and group cloud nodes.
  • Provisioning- Automatically provision and configure bare metal, virtual, and private or public cloud capacity, all from a single pane. Save time getting your cloud projects off the ground by reusing the same configuration modules you set up for your physical deployments.

"Open source" is the top reason why over 29 developers like Go.CD, while over 45 developers mention "Devops" as the leading cause for choosing Puppet Labs.

Go.CD and Puppet Labs are both open source tools. Puppet Labs with 5.37K GitHub stars and 2.1K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Go.CD with 5.02K GitHub stars and 791 GitHub forks.

Uber Technologies, Twitch, and PayPal are some of the popular companies that use Puppet Labs, whereas Go.CD is used by Auto Trader, Hazeorid, and OpenX. Puppet Labs has a broader approval, being mentioned in 180 company stacks & 49 developers stacks; compared to Go.CD, which is listed in 28 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

What is GoCD?

GoCD is an open source continuous delivery server created by ThoughtWorks. GoCD offers business a first-class build and deployment engine for complete control and visibility.

What is Puppet Labs?

Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.
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What are some alternatives to GoCD and Puppet Labs?
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.
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.
Bamboo
Focus on coding and count on Bamboo as your CI and build server! Create multi-stage build plans, set up triggers to start builds upon commits, and assign agents to your critical builds and deployments.
TeamCity
TeamCity is a user-friendly continuous integration (CI) server for professional developers, build engineers, and DevOps. It is trivial to setup and absolutely free for small teams and open source projects.
Concourse
Concourse's principles reduce the risk of switching to and from Concourse, by encouraging practices that decouple your project from your CI's little details, and keeping all configuration in declarative files that can be checked into version control.
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Cyrus Stoller uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

I'm using puppet to configure my servers. This makes it really simple to ensure that I have the same environment. There is a bit of a learning curve, but the repeatability definitely makes it worth the effort. I found puppet to be a little easier to pick up relative to chef, but I've used both. They're both great solutions.

I really like that there are a lot of modules available on the puppet forge that are being actively maintained.

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Trusted Shops GmbH uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

We provision all servers with puppet. We have one central Puppet server which uses puppet modules referenced by a Puppetfile. Those puppet modules are partly from forge and partly self written.

All modules which are self written, have to be tested using rspec-puppet and beaker.

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Opstax Ltd uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

Opstax uses puppet for role/profile based configuration management and the distribution of small/static code.

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GeniusLink uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

Configures or servers and allows us to be region independent we have 5 regions across the globe.

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Michael Wieland uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

The server is set up using Puppet

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