Bamboo Review

There are some stability issues with Java 6, but it offers build agents for Windows and Linux.

What is most valuable?

  • Multiple build agents for both Windows and Linux
  • Automatic branch building - same build plan for trunk and branches
  • Connections with other Atlassian tools - JIRA and FishEye/Crucible

How has it helped my organization?

We have many developer teams building in Java, especially our Continuous Integration team. Bamboo has proven its value for the teams.

What needs improvement?

There are no areas that need improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for seven years,

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Once, with Java 6, there were some issues, but thanks to information from Atlassian support we changed to Java 7 and it works fine.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I'm satisfied, 8/10.

Technical Support:

I'm satisfied, 8/10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used CruiseControl, and we switched because of better functionality in Bamboo.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward, as the default agent and remote agents install out-of-the-box. Only some memory tuning was needed.

What about the implementation team?

We did it in-house.

What was our ROI?

It's hard to say, the yearly license/support/maintenance costs are low in relation to the added functionality.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I see no problem in paying for support, especially because licensing is remote agent based.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

  • CruiseControl
  • Hudson

What other advice do I have?

It's dependent on how many build teams you have. For small development sites, Hudson or Jenkins will suffice, I think. Because we’re building our main applications in-house, we always choose supported and licensed tools.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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