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Top 6 DevOps Tools You Need to Know [List and Videos]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

There's a lot of DevOps tools out there which only makes it harder to pick the right one. We've compiled a list of the 6 best DevOps tools on the market to make it easy for you!

1. Jenkins

What Is Jenkins?

Jenkins is a Java-based, open-source automation tool. It's a continuous integration server designed to automate the non-human part of the software development process and can be used as a continuous delivery hub for mobile app projects. Due to it being open source, simple to use and reliable, Jenkins has rapidly become the open-source standard for development in the DevOps process. Their Update Center contains hundreds of plugins making it highly versatile for developers of all skill levels and enthusiastic user community provides a deep level of support should you run into any problems or have any questions.

Jenkins Vs The Competition

  • Free to use
  • Integrates with other tools like Docker
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac and Unix
  • Extensive documentation
  • Highly customizable with many plugin options

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2. TeamCity

What Is TeamCity?

Like Jenkins, TeamCity is a Java-based continuous integration server. TeamCity offers both a Freemium version for up to 100 build configurations and 3 free Build Agent licenses, as well as a paid version designed for large enterprise use ranging from $1,999 for 3 agents, up to $21,999 for 100 agents. TeamCity also offers a free license if you're working on an open-source project as well as discounts if you're a startup. Also like Jenkins, there is extensive support for TeamCity with tutorials and code examples easily found online.

TeamCity Vs The Competition

  • Slick, modern user interface
  • Extensive documentation
  • Easy to use right out of the box
  • Used by large companies such as eBay and Wikipedia

For more TeamCity reviews, check out these resources:

3. Go

What is Go?

Go, also known as GoCD, is an open-source tool primarily used for continuous delivery as a deployment pipeline and is notable for allowing complete test automation from the build-test-release process. Go allows for plugins and even lets you design your own if you can't find what you need. With over 1,000 members active in their forums, Go has a solid support base to answer any questions you may have. Go works with Windows, OSX, AWS AMIs, Docker, Debian/APT, RPM/YUM and Zip.

Go Vs the Competition

  • Designed with delivery efficiency in mind
  • Native support for pipelines
  • Very secure environment
  • Supports pipeline structures and dependencies

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4. Puppet

What is Puppet?

Puppet is an open-source software configuration management tool, used widely on Unix systems and Windows. While not designed specifically for mobile like the previous 3 tools, Puppet can still be used in software development and system configuration. Puppet uses declarative language to describe system configuration and their state to apply onto the system, or to compile in a catalog for distribution. Puppet is also model-driven, meaning it requires less programming knowledge to use and implement.--a big benefit for DevOps members with little or no programming knowledge.

Puppet Vs The Competition

  • Well established--since 2005--and used by major companies like reddit, Google, and Stanford University
  • Offers both a free and paid version
  • Simple installation

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5. Chef

What is Chef?

Chef is a configuration management tool and close competitor of Puppet, meaning it is also not mobile specific. Chef is written in Ruby and provides a way to define infrastructure as code. Chef offers multiple products depending on your needs. Chef Automate, a continuous automation platform for high velocity IT, starting at $137 per node/annually, AWS OpsWorks, an AWS managed solution for automating infrastructure, apps and compliance, at $.0155 per node/hour, and Hosted Chef, a fully managed Chef server, at $72 per node/annually.

Chef Vs The Competition

  • Mature solution with a large support community
  • Supports Windows, Unix and Linux
  • Strong compliance automation tools and reporting
  • Real-time node management
  • Centered around Git for stronger version control

For more Chef reviews, check out these resources:

Please note that although Puppet and Chef are not DevOps tool specific to mobile, both tools can be leveraged by enterprise mobility teams when setting up the back-end environment of mobile services on servers. When building and testing mobile apps it is important to have the right infrastructure set up enabling the mobile services on the server that the app will call out to. DevOps tools, like Puppet and Chef, can help teams set up and deploy this environment easily in a data center.

6. Fabric

What is Fabric?

Fabric offers users a suite of features including a lightweight crash reporting system to better fix issues quickly. The system provides you with insights and user behaviors in apps as well as behaviors that are common with healthy or unhealthy users. The real-time reporting provided by Fabric is trusted users along with its suite of additional features. Many Fabric features are free with the option of additional upgrades.

Fabric Vs The Competition

  • Free crash reporting system
  • Real-time data including user behavior
  • Allows for automation of beta deployments and releases
  • Helps to grow user base through user behavior insights

For more Fabric reviews, check out these resources:

Steve Orlando

Steve Orlando is a seasoned development and quality assurance professional with experience testing and developing mobile, Web, mainframe, CRM and desktop applications. In his role as director of product marketing for Mobile Labs, Steve drives the design and implementation of the company’s private mobile device clouds, GigaFox™ and deviceConnect™.

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