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GitLab is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top Build Automation tools. It is most often compared to Microsoft Azure DevOps: GitLab vs Microsoft Azure DevOps

What is GitLab?

GitLab is a single application with features for the whole software development and operations (DevOps) lifecycle.

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GitLab Customers

Siemens, University of Washington, Equinix, Paessler AG, CNCF, Ticketmaster, CERN, Vaadin

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Cloud Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
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A simple open-source containerized solution that scales easily

Pros and Cons

  • "The dashboard and interface make it easy to use."
  • "GitLab doesn't have AWS integration. It would be better to have integration with other container management environments beyond Kubernetes. It has very good integration with Kubernetes, but it doesn't have good integration with, for example, AWS, ETS, etc."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use of the solution is for LCDs and as a repository.

What is most valuable?

In GitLab, the most valuable feature is using information with a repository and using a containerized approach. You can use containers to create different jobs. 

The dashboard and interface make it easy to use.

What needs improvement?

GitLab doesn't have AWS integration. It would be better to have integration with other container management environments beyond Kubernetes. It has very good integration with Kubernetes, but it doesn't have good integration with, for example, AWS, ETS, etc.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. So far, we have not experienced any problems or bugs.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Coming from container architecture makes it very scalable. Every job you create will be created with its own container so it doesn't create laws on the existing running jobs on other containers. It expands itself by usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

As the solution is open-source, there isn't any particular support subscription. There's a community, which is usually quite fast but it's not dedicated to any particular company. It's not certain that you will get the support you need by a certain time. You have to figure it out by yourself. It's quite easy to do so, however. If you have people on your team who have knowledge about containerized technologies, then it's actually not a problem.

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

We previously used Jenkins. Jenkins management is more complicated than GitLab. GitLab is easier to manage. Because of the simplicity of the product, GitLab is better than Jenkins.

How was the initial setup?

The solution was very straightforward to implement.

What about the implementation team?

Another team did the implementation, but if you use public cloud software, you don't need to deploy anything.

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

The solution is open-source.

What other advice do I have?

We use the public cloud deployment model.

I would rate the solution nine out of ten.

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