CA Release Automation Review

Allows you to develop a flow that can deploy artifacts and applications.


What is most valuable?

I really appreciate how easy and fast it is develop a flow that can deploy artifacts and applications.

How has it helped my organization?

As a simple example, we had a manual process to publish static files on a web server. Due to the large number of files and the need to do manual work using another tool, it used to take us six hours to complete it. With this tool, it now it takes us around five minutes.

What needs improvement?

CA Release Automation has a large number of actions and it fits the needs in 99% of the cases. However, sometimes a specific function/behavior is needed and we are forced to call an external command to solve the problem. For example, in regards to the SVN actions, I had a problem where I needed to check for lock and unlock, if needed. However, I could only achieve this by using an external script.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is possible to have a lot of execution servers, but you can’t put them in a balanced pool of servers. In the majority of cases, agents will be used to reach one specific machine.

When executing a remote command, such as JDBC, it is ineffective to use only one specific server. This will be a single point of failure.

How is customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support the highest possible rating.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously used a different solution.

CA Release Automation really makes life easier as follows:

  • Has a large number of available actions.
  • Has deployment pipeline and approval gateway features that increase security to the deployment flow.
  • Integrates with service desk tools.

How was the initial setup?

It is really straightforward to install and configure. However, it takes some days to fully understand how to properly use the tool due to the large number of features.

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

There are cheaper, or even free tools, but I guarantee that getting this solution is worth the price.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Bamboo, HP Codar, and Serena Deployment Automation.

What other advice do I have?

Try to study every single feature. This will make it possible to develop really professional deployment flows.

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