Octopus Deploy vs Puppet Labs: What are the differences?
What is Octopus Deploy? Automated deployment for .NET. Octopus works with your build server to enable reliable, secure, automated releases of ASP.NET applications and Windows Services into test, staging and production environments, whether they are in the cloud or on-premises.
What is Puppet Labs? 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.
Octopus Deploy can be classified as a tool in the "Deployment as a Service" category, while Puppet Labs is grouped under "Server Configuration and Automation".
Some of the features offered by Octopus Deploy are:
- Deploy on-premises or to the cloud, securely
- Built for .NET developers
- Configuration and scripting
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.
"Powerful" is the top reason why over 26 developers like Octopus Deploy, while over 45 developers mention "Devops" as the leading cause for choosing Puppet Labs.
Puppet Labs is an open source tool with 5.37K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Puppet Labs's open source repository on GitHub.
Uber Technologies, Twitch, and PayPal are some of the popular companies that use Puppet Labs, whereas Octopus Deploy is used by Starbucks, Olo, and Huddle. Puppet Labs has a broader approval, being mentioned in 180 company stacks & 49 developers stacks; compared to Octopus Deploy, which is listed in 47 company stacks and 15 developer stacks.
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Using this in an environment with about 10 separate development teams. All the teams love this product and how easy it is to get started. It's very well put together, elegant, simple UI that is powerful to use, easy to understand and follow. I HIGHLY recommend this product to any shop.
It says it's for .NET and it's geared for that. But you could use it for just about any type of deployment given it's capabilities to deploy via FTP.
This is our CD platform. We use TFS for gated-checks and release builds. A release build packages all our components, pushes these packages to Octopus and triggers a release into our Development environment. A suite of integration tests are run and finally if all is successful the team gets a notification on Slack that a new release is available. This can then get promoted through all our non-production environments, Finally, we use offline deployments as we are not yet allowed to promote all the way to production from Octopus. Offline deployments are great as they allow us to retain our tried and tested deployment process but instead, humans become the tentacles when deploying in prod and pre-prod.
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.
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.
Opstax uses puppet for role/profile based configuration management and the distribution of small/static code.
Configures or servers and allows us to be region independent we have 5 regions across the globe.