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Jenkins vs Puppet Labs: What are the differences?

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Jenkins and Puppet Labs are both widely used tools in the field of software development and deployment. While Jenkins is a continuous integration and delivery platform that helps automate the building, testing, and deployment of software, Puppet Labs provides infrastructure automation and configuration management solutions. Although both tools have their own unique features and purposes, there are several key differences between them.

  1. Architecture and Purpose: Jenkins is primarily used for continuous integration and continuous delivery, focusing on automating the software development cycle. It provides a wide range of plugins and integrations to support various tools, languages, and platforms. On the other hand, Puppet Labs is designed for infrastructure automation and configuration management, enabling users to define and enforce desired system configurations across a large-scale infrastructure.

  2. Workflow and Orchestration: Jenkins emphasizes on managing and automating software delivery workflows, providing features like pipeline-as-code and job orchestration. It allows developers to build, test, and deploy code in a controlled and automated manner, ensuring consistent software releases. Puppet Labs, however, focuses on managing the infrastructure's desired state and enforcing configurations, enabling administrators to define and roll out system changes across a vast number of machines.

  3. Agent-based vs. Agentless: Jenkins utilizes a distributed agent-based architecture, where build steps are executed on separate agents or nodes that communicate with the Jenkins master. This allows for parallel processing and scalability when running multiple builds concurrently. On the other hand, Puppet Labs follows an agentless model, where the Puppet agent isn't required on managed nodes. Puppet uses Secure Shell (SSH) or other protocols to remotely execute instructions on the target nodes, making it less intrusive and more suitable for managing a diverse range of systems.

  4. Configuration Management vs. Continuous Integration: Jenkins primarily focuses on continuous integration, automating build and test processes to ensure code quality and enable frequent software releases. It supports version control systems, build tools, and testing frameworks to streamline the entire development workflow. Puppet Labs, however, specializes in configuration management, helping administrators define desired configurations and enforce consistency across server infrastructure. It provides tools and resources to manage system configuration files, packages, and services.

  5. Ease of Use and Learning Curve: Jenkins often requires a certain level of technical expertise to set up and configure due to its extensive plugin ecosystem and versatility in supporting different tools and technologies. While it offers flexibility, it can have a steeper learning curve for beginners. Puppet Labs, on the other hand, strives to provide a user-friendly and declarative language for managing infrastructure as code. It focuses on simplicity and ease of use, making it more accessible for administrators and system operators with varying skill levels.

  6. Community and Ecosystem: Jenkins boasts a large and active community, offering a vast array of plugins, documentation, and support resources. Its extensive ecosystem allows users to integrate with numerous third-party tools, making it highly customizable for various use cases. Puppet Labs also has a thriving community and marketplace, offering a wide range of pre-built modules, manifests, and configuration files to manage specific systems. However, its ecosystem may not be as extensive as Jenkins', as it primarily revolves around infrastructure management.

In summary, Jenkins is a versatile tool focusing on continuous integration and delivery, whereas Puppet Labs specializes in infrastructure automation and configuration management. Jenkins utilizes a distributed agent-based architecture, while Puppet Labs follows an agentless approach. Jenkins is more suitable for automating software development workflows, while Puppet Labs excels in managing system configurations at scale. Jenkins has a steeper learning curve but offers extensive customization options through its plugin ecosystem, while Puppet Labs focuses on simplicity and ease of use. Both tools have active communities and ecosystems catered towards their respective domains.

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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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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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The most important factors for me are simplicity, ease of use, shortest learning curve.

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Dustin Falgout
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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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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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Oded Arbel
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Stephen Badger | Vital Beats
Senior DevOps Engineer at Vital Beats · | 2 upvotes · 211.6K views

Within our deployment pipeline, we have a need to deploy to multiple customer environments, and manage secrets specifically in a way that integrates well with AWS, Kubernetes Secrets, Terraform and our pipelines ourselves.

Jenkins offered us the ability to choose one of a number of credentials/secrets management approaches, and models secrets as a more dynamic concept that GitHub Actions provided.

Additionally, we are operating Jenkins within our development Kubernetes cluster as a kind of system-wide orchestrator, allowing us to use Kubernetes pods as build agents, avoiding the ongoing direct costs associated with GitHub Actions minutes / per-user pricing. Obviously as a consequence we take on the indirect costs of maintain Jenkins itself, patching it, upgrading etc. However our experience with managing Jenkins via Kubernetes and declarative Jenkins configuration has led us to believe that this cost is small, particularly as the majority of actual building and testing is handled inside docker containers and Kubernetes, alleviating the need for less supported plugins that may make Jenkins administration more difficult.

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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 Jenkins
Pros of Puppet Labs
  • 523
    Hosted internally
  • 469
    Free open source
  • 318
    Great to build, deploy or launch anything async
  • 243
    Tons of integrations
  • 211
    Rich set of plugins with good documentation
  • 111
    Has support for build pipelines
  • 68
    Easy setup
  • 66
    It is open-source
  • 53
    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
  • 52
    Devops
  • 44
    Automate it
  • 26
    Reusable components
  • 21
    Dynamic and idempotent server configuration
  • 18
    Great community
  • 12
    Very scalable
  • 12
    Cloud management
  • 10
    Easy to maintain
  • 9
    Free tier
  • 6
    Works with Amazon EC2
  • 4
    Declarative
  • 4
    Ruby
  • 3
    Works with Azure
  • 3
    Works with OpenStack
  • 2
    Nginx
  • 1
    Ease of use

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Cons of Jenkins
Cons of Puppet Labs
  • 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
  • 3
    Steep learning curve
  • 1
    Customs types idempotence

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