What is most valuable?
I really appreciate the Deployment Pipeline where you can see the environment and release version artifact that was deployed and whether it was successful (green) or failed (red) for each application.
The release deployment pipeline in CA RA is the most valuable feature of them all, as it shows the environment and the release version currently deployed for each application.
How has it helped my organization?
It has enabled us to provide continuous delivery and deployment for all 4 environments (DEV, QA, stage, prod) with promotion steps for each environment.
What needs improvement?
I don't think there are enough action packs for each App Deployment function.
There is also a lack of online documentation or step-by-step guides, especially for the CA RA product.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have used it for 8 months.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
We encountered no stability issues.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
We did encounter some scalability issues. Only active/passive mode is available for this product and not high availability mode like other products.
How are customer service and technical support?
We found the technical support to be very low level.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
I used Puppet Labs as a configuration management tool and compared it to CA Release Automation. The products are completely different in features, functions and methodology.
How was the initial setup?
The initial CA RA setup is complex for getting you started but after you understand the way it distributes artifacts to its agent and the deployment phases, it then becomes quite easy to handle.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
It has its cost and can be considered to be more expensive compared to other solutions.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We did not evaluate other options.
What other advice do I have?
Learn your application's components (backend, frontend, DB) before you start working with CA RA. You also need to teach CA RA the artifact type and version for each deployment. It is best for you to first manually deploy then teach CA RA how to automate it.
Which version of this solution are you currently using?
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