AWS CodePipeline

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AWS CodePipeline review by <span>Jonathan R.</span>
Jonathan R.
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"A good tool, but not the best"

What do you like best?

You have a great level of control over how you setup your release pipeline. It's running on AWS tried and tested and ever improving infrastructure and is a fantastic tool if you're stack is primarily in AWS.

What do you dislike?

It is nothing "revolutionary" and doesn't really add anything new to the pipeline setups I had already in place.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you don't like the constant updating of services by 3rd parties (ie: things that can potentially break your build process) AWS has a good history of versioning and deprecating. This means that it will probably be in it for the long haul. However, if you're all about building into the future of the web I may recommend other 3rd party services as they're more mobile and have fantastic business intelligence features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had several projects setup in various 3rd parties using dotfiles and had a nice pipeline for review and releases. When trying out the code pipeline for AWS it allowed me to set up exactly what I had in place before (which doesn't really incline me to switch since its a lot of work to switch and test). The primary benefit for using it is that it gives you the security of keeping everything on the AWS stack (especially if you're working with private VPCs or something of that sort).

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AWS CodePipeline review by <span>Zachary J.</span>
Zachary J.
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"A good tool for complex build operations"

What do you like best?

Codepipline is a bit under-rated, because most people don't have the need for such a programmable CD tool. Every facet of the build pipeline can be configured, and cans end notifier events via AWS SQS. When you're already doing much through AWS, it can reduce hassle to maintain all of your ops code in one place.

I haven't seen other CD tools have this much programmability — and even where they may, I still hesitate at have too many things in too many disparate places. Also, CodePipeline as a full command-line interface.

What do you dislike?

There really is nothing user-friendly about it, when you compare it to tools like CodeShip or Ansible. CodePipeline is a 'programmers tool' — and so it lacks the 'ease' of interacting with it, which other tools have. Consider that every functionality of CodePipeline has a command-line equivalent.

When I've built things for smaller shops, it would be too much to hand-off to less-skilled engineers. This is also the case in medium-size companies, where there are enough smart people to do big things, but not enough of them to 'retune the engine regularly.' Even in a company with ~100 engineers, the ops group was small enough that CodePipeline was a bit much to setup and maintain with a complex build that involved a large tree of dependencies. In that particularly case, GoCD provided more up-front UI. It really comes down to what kind of people you have.

As with most AWS products, support is costly or hard to come by (unless you in a city that has an AWS Loft)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at the rest of my comments; decide whether your company size and team capabilities are right for codepipeline.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used, or attempted to use, CodePipeline in large and small companies. Large organizations with regulatory controls were where CodePipeline worked best for me, since every part of the system could be maintained in an orderly / regular manner. Also, consolidating billing with AWS simplified the POs and interaction with Finance. This ultimately lead to less time spent, organizationally, keeping proper financial controls and measure in place.

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AWS CodePipeline review by <span>Adem G.</span>
Adem G.
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"CodePipeline is a great End-to-End Continuous Delivery solution for the AWS infrastructure"

What do you like best?

What is nice about AWS is that there are a plenty of managed services that hide the complexity of their setup and more importantly scalability. One of these services is the CodePipeline which is a hosted Continuous Delivery (CD) service. It has a nice Web-based user interface that helps you in the modeling, visualisation and automatisation of the steps which are required for releasing any kind of applications (whether it is a simple one or a complex one with many moving parts).

In fact, with CodePipeline it is very easy to model the entire release process for building a code base, to deploy to the staging environments, to test the application, and finally to release it to the production platform. Then each time the code base changes, CodePipeline will automatically run the builds, tests, and deployment as modelled. Furthermore, Code Pipeline is an open service that can be integrated with third party tools or an owned custom systems this at any stage of the release process in order to make an end-to-end solution.

What do you dislike?

Code Pipeline is still a young service, unfortunately its not yet available in all regions (only available for the US). In addition, the application code repositories which are supported are still limited to Github and S3. Furthermore, there is a limit to the number of Code Pipeline that a given AWS user can be linked to (around 20 if this was no changed). The deploy stage in Code Pipeline is limited to the AWS infrastructure, i.e. if part of your applications are hosted in another Cloud provider then it will not be possible to automate everything from one Place.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend using Code Pipeline for applications that uses exclusively AWS hosted services.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CodePipeline enables our clients to rapidly deliver features and be able to updates the code base with high quality through the automation of the processes of application development lifecycle (i.e. build, test, and release).

AWS CodePipeline review by <span>Anubhb M.</span>
Anubhb M.
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"A very integrated experience wth AWS"

What do you like best?

Coming from Jenkins, some serious features were needed to keep us on Codepipeline. One of them was the hosted deployment. For 1$ per active pipeline per month, it was a sweet deal. The service is highly scalable and deploys can be managed in auto scaling groups. Very easy to mirror pipelines. Application and pipeline change both can be deployed in a single commit. Codepipeline can be configured with IAM, to take actions on our behalf. Testing environments can be configured to only allow traffic from internal sources. It was very easy to move from Jenkins.

What do you dislike?

We quickly hit the 20 pipelines limit per account that is imposed. Chaining pipelines is impossible if this limit is set, as that gets us to 20 even faster. Provider capability not that good, can mitigate it with jenkins but then what's the point of using it. Works very well for AWS, for other services, go figure.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For deployment to AWS, codepipeline is quite good. If your requirement fits the bill, try it out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Faster and more robust deployment. Codepipeline allowed us to deploy our application releases in the fast track and test without much delay.

AWS CodePipeline review by <span>Andrew R.</span>
Andrew R.
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"Simple one click deployment, if you have everything set up properly"

What do you like best?

Loads to like with codepipeline. It is directly from amazon, so very well integrated with their s3 service. We can build, run tests, and deploy in one step, and that has gained them an upper hand. For the source provider, we can directly link up with github, however custom zip uploading is also supported if they are hosted in a s3 bucket. Very well integrated with jenkins, so the build and deployment step leverages it. Can deploy easily to most servers, if configured correctly.

What do you dislike?

To configure it correctly, we needed to configure a host of things, The codepipeline jenkins pipeline is just the tip of the iceberg, we had to configure an IAM rule to allow it to execute AWS actions. After a few more config. steps, we could finally use codepipeline.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Managing one service is far easier than clustering a few that barely work. Try testing it yourself. The configuration may seem daunting, don't let it scare you away. Configurability is AWSs' strength.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We could finally build, run tests and deploy, all in one step. That has saved us quite a bit of time. The configuration was a pain, but we could do all this in one click. In business, time saved equates to money gained.

AWS CodePipeline review by <span>Manil C.</span>
Manil C.
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"Codepipeline is great for continuous delivery on AWS but has a lack in terms of integrations"

What do you like best?

As part of the tools provide by AWS for DevOps, Codepipeline enables a continuous delivery in the AWS cloud. It can be used to connect between continuous integration tools up to the deployment of your application. It handles all the step related to app lifecycle, i.e. test, build, and deploy. It first grapes your source code from a repository (on commits for instance this) by connecting to the corresponding repository, potentially launch a build/test step then deploy the artifacts to the production environment. It has a good level of security as an IAM role can be affected to the whole process which can guarantee the isolation of the whole process. Furthermore, it has an intuitive wizard that can help you quickly setup a CD environment for your application.

What do you dislike?

It's tied to AWS and cannot be used locally or on the infrastructure of any other cloud provider. It also still lacks a lot of integrations, for instance it supports a limited set of code source repositories, for the time being the application code can only be hosted on S3 or on github. Furthermore, the targets deploy can only be one of these options: Beanstak or CodeDeploy which both are Amazon services. Similarly, the build providers are limited to Jenkins and anther SaaS-based CI.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Unfortunately, for the time being CodePipeline can only be used for orchestrating the continuous delivery of simple applications on AWS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've participated in the investigation of a continuous delivery platform for a client. At the end we have chosen another CD solution, as the client has some specific tools used on the build process which was not possible to easily integrated with CodePipeline.

AWS CodePipeline review by User in Hospital & Health Care
User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Lots of Growing features"

What do you like best?

It is capable of running any platform, has scale-ability that is on par or better than the competitors. Also its integration with Github and other third party vendors allows us to use exactly what we need when we need it. You only pay for what you use, which is unique in the space. It is inside the Amazon space, allowing us to integrate our A3 instance as well.

What do you dislike?

Interface is a little confusing, but updates are very consistent.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend using AWS CodePipeline to most with a background in administration. This is a powerful and useful product, but not for those without experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sending code updates out to remote locations, build release staging. It allows us to customize our updates with precision.

AWS CodePipeline review by Administrator in Computer Software
Administrator in Computer Software
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"Not fully functional yet"

What do you like best?

The set of advertised features and versatility was useful.

What do you dislike?

It didn't allow me to connect to any GitHub repositories that belonged to organizations. It only allowed me to connect to my own personal repos, which really limited the utility.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I wanted to configure CI testing for my organization's projects and also compile assets (i.e. JS, CSS) and upload them to S3 where they would then be served.

AWS CodePipeline review by User in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
User in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
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"With Jenkins you don't need anymore to deal with messy deployment"

What do you like best?

- configurable configurations;

- 1-click deployment;

- organize dependencies in a multi project application;

- create a repeatable way to create artifacts that brings the application to production.

What do you dislike?

- dependencies declariation the first time tend to be tricky.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- deployment of multiple pieces of application without problems;

- creation of an e2 machine directly inside the pipeline using the paradigm of infrastructure as a code;

AWS CodePipeline review by Internal Consultant in Hospitality
Internal Consultant in Hospitality
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"AWS CodePipeline - the only pipeline you’ll ever need"

What do you like best?

AWS codepipeline is the best full code development stack system out there. All structures can be developed using the pipeline.

What do you dislike?

This is an expert level code repository and you have to have some experience to know what to do with the information.

Recommendations to others considering the product

None.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CodePipeline allows our programmers to create stacks in active, demo, and test server databases.

AWS CodePipeline review by G2 Crowd User in Higher Education
G2 Crowd User in Higher Education
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"Only pay for what you use.... not a bad strategy!"

What do you like best?

I appreciated that we only paid for what we used. And no commitment.

What do you dislike?

Custom plugins were a great addition but required a lot of trial and error

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integration and staying up to date

AWS CodePipeline review by Consultant in Government Administration
Consultant in Government Administration
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"First time using it but a decent experience"

What do you like best?

The versatility and the options available are great

What do you dislike?

The user interface could be better in my opinion

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data migration to cloud

AWS CodePipeline review by G2 Crowd User in Wireless
G2 Crowd User in Wireless
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"AWS Code Pipeline"

What do you like best?

AWS Code pipeline is a Software as a Service, no worries with setup and configuration.

What do you dislike?

AWS Code Pipeline is nice but it makes you lock-in AWS

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Automated the deployment

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