Octopus Deploy

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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.

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Octopus Deploy review by <span>Michael J.</span>
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Well-designed for Complex Deployment

What do you like best?

Octopus Deploy is built to have a very powerful and flexible deployment process. Being able to set up special rules for different deployment scenarios, have adjustable configuration parameters that can change based on the target environment, and step dependencies allow for replicating complex manual deployment procedures that would otherwise not be easy to automate.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, the software can be a bit confusing because it has so many options. Reviewing the documentation usually helps. It also feels a bit slow on the initial load, although a more powerful server may resolve this. Overall, there is little to dislike and mostly just small issues that can be worked around.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They offer a 45 day trial of their self-hosted and cloud editions. If you're interested in the software, it's a good offer. Additionally, if you're going to go self-hosted, there is also a free "Community Edition" license that allows for five projects and ten deployment targets. That's enough for most simple deployments and small companies.

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

We moved from a fully manual deployment process to a single-click deployment. Additionally, with this software we now can easily use the same binaries on both testing and production environments. Our old process involved different builds for each environment. Although they were built from the same commit, we could not ensure that the exact same product was being used in production due to these different builds. We can now be fully confident that the same software that passed testing is placed on production, with the same configuration setup and layout. Deployments also go much faster now, which means less downtime for our customers.

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Octopus Deploy review by <span>Joe C.</span>
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Tentacle Fun

What do you like best?

Massively configurable and with very good level of granularity when it comes to permissions. The seamless integration with other platforms is very welcome too.

What do you dislike?

The UI can get very busy and unfriendly to use when the number of environments ramps up significantly (as it has done in our case). This takes away from what is an otherwise clean and fairly intuitive application.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Think about how to best maintain your compliance requirement about separate of duty and security with the way you set up tentacles - it can all be done but it can be challenging.

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

This product is a premier tool of choice for the our deployment pipeline. As it interfaces well with the other tools we use (Team City, SVN and GIT), it made for a fairly straightforward choice.

What Continuous Deployment solution do you use?

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Octopus Deploy review by <span>John B.</span>
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Octopus Continuous Deployment

What do you like best?

Application and Database deployments are done via a simple process of promoting changes thru environments via a lifecycle.

Access is controlled by a variety of providers as well as having an Audit section of past deployments; this really helps with yearly audits for certification and regulation.

What do you dislike?

Since the UI upgrade there is very little to dislike about Octopus Deploy. One area that does need more work is AWS integration however the vendor is aware of this and is providing additional functionality in later releases or via the community library.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Octopus's low cost and rich feature set are a winning combination.

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

Deployments are done in an industry standard way; this is a vast improvement over bespoke deployments from a custom framework. Octopus logs all activity and deployments which helps with troubleshooting deployment issues.

Octopus Deploy review by <span>Dan K.</span>
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The tentacles are reaching all the things

What do you like best?

It was built completely on the concept of remote PowerShell and it treats everything as a package to deploy. This simplified the mindset of how to get work deployed and running. It also had a decent community and fair number of extensions to use.

What do you dislike?

It was not straightforward to get the actions of what it was doing in the code repo. Which makes it hard to test beyond writing some conventional PowerShell inside your repo. It also felt a little icky packaging some of the things into nuget that you wouldn't normally think to do.

Until recently you couldn't deploy directly to a linux agent which makes sense for a Windows type tool but it still became an issue and needed to be solved in goffy ways.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't just use octopus to deploy also get the configuration of your environment under control. Embrace CD and let things deploy when approved.

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

Development workflow including CD.

Immediate benefit of removing as much of the human element of a deploy as possible and really designing a deploy rather than getting a bunch of steps in a wiki.

Octopus Deploy review by <span>Anthony A.</span>
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Keeps our deployment pipeline lightweight, quick, and flexible

What do you like best?

The simple interface for seeing multiple products, versions, and environments and managing our deploy workflow is the best part of Octopus.

What do you dislike?

I would like to have some more integration with the rest of our pipeline. Being able to link commit refs and issue numbers would give us better visibility into what has been deployed and where.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Octopus' scripting can add more options and power to deployment pipelines

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

We aim to have a light-weight and flexible deploy pipeline since we are a small startup. Octopus gives us a good deployment tool that isn't overly complicated.

Octopus Deploy review by <span>Robert B.</span>
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Excellent tool!

What do you like best?

OctopusDeploy is Easy to install, configure, use and maintain. OctopusDeploy, comes with out of the box deployment templates, as well as interception points for full customization. There's nothing you cannot deploy wit h this tool. I have automated deployment of Windows services, IIS hosted websites, old school (nested virtual directory) websites, Azure Websites, PowerShell scripts, and even scheduled tasks in windows.

What do you dislike?

I can't think of something that I dislike about OctopusDeploy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start automating your build process. You can start with Professional license first for cost considerations. Depending on number of Products that you are deploying, you might never need to upgrade.

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

1- Automated deployment to multiple environments in a Continuous Integration /Delivery pipeline.

2- Full audit capability to meet industry compliance.

3- Access control, OctopusDeploy supports, role based security with Active Directory integration

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