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We performed a comparison between CAST Highlight and GitLab based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Software Composition Analysis (SCA) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The most valuable features of the CAST Highlight are the interface and there are three notations that are very simple to understand and communicate with.""The way it tells you which codebase is more ready for the cloud and which codebase is less ready is very valuable. It works seamlessly with most languages.""The most valuable features of CAST Highlight are automation and speed.""CAST Highlight is easy to use and has a good dashboard.""It offers good performance."

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"GitLab's best features are maintenance, branch integration, and development infrastructure.""The most valuable features of GitLab are the CI/CD pipeline and code management.""Of all available products, it was the easiest to use and easy to install.""GitLab is very well-organized and easy to use. Also, it offers most features that customers need.""Key features allow creation of well-presented Wiki that includes ideas, development, and domains.""It is very useful for reviews. We are using branch merging operations and full reset operations. It is also very useful for merging our code and tracking another branch. The graph diagrams of Git are very useful. Its interface is straightforward and not too complex for us.""The most valuable features of GitLab are ease of use and highly intuitive UI and performance.""I like that you can use GitLab as a double-sided solution for both DevOps and version management. It's a good product for working in these two areas, and the user interface makes it easy to understand."

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"Its price should be better. It is a pretty costly tool. They have two products: CAST Highlight and CAST AIP. I would expect CAST Highlight to have the Help dashboard and the Engineering dashboard. These dashboards are currently a part of CAST AIP, and if these are made available in CAST Highlight, customers won't have to use two different products all the time.""The reports that describe the issues of concern are rather abstract and the issues should be more clearly described to the user.""There's a bit of a learning curve at the outset.""CAST Highlight could improve to allow us to comment and do a deep analysis by ourselves.""The ease of configuration and customization could be improved in CAST Highlight."

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"The solution could improve by providing more integration into the CI/CD pipeline, an autocomplete search tool, and more supporting documentation.""There is room for improvement in GitLab Agents.""As GitLab is not perfect, what needs improvement in the solution is the Wiki feature of the groups or the repertories because currently, it's not searchable by default. You'll need an indexing service such as Elasticsearch to make it searchable, and that requires too much work, so for me, it's the main feature that should be improved in GitLab. In the next version of the solution, from the top of my head, the documentation could be improved. Besides the Wiki, it would be good if there's documentation that would be automatically generated based on the code repository. In other words, there should be some tutorials from GitLab for developers in the next release.""The user interface could be more user-friendly. We do most of our operations through the website interface but it could be better.""The only thing our company is really waiting on in terms of features is the development of metrics.""We would like to have easier tutorials. Their tutorials are too technical for a user to understand. They should be more detailed but less technical.""The pricing model of GitLab is an issue for me.""I used Spring Cloud config and to connect that to GitLab was so hard."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "CAST Highlight is an expensive solution. However, CAST Highlight is less expensive than the CAST AIP, but it remains too expensive and the professional services from CAST are also too expensive. The high price is part of the problem with the CAST solutions."
  • "It is a pretty costly tool. A lot of customers are resistant to using it."
  • "Basic support is included with the standard licensing feed but it can be upgraded for an additional cost."
  • "CAST Highlight is an expensive solution."
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  • "I think that we pay approximately $100 USD per month."
  • "The price is okay."
  • "It seems reasonable. Our IT team manages the licenses."
  • "Its price is fine. It is on the cheaper side and not expensive. You have to pay additionally for GitLab CI/CD minutes. Initially, we used the free version. When we ran out of GitLab minutes, we migrated to the paid version."
  • "It is very expensive. We can't bear it now, and we have to find another solution. We have a yearly subscription in which we can increase the number of licenses, but we have to pay at the end of the year."
  • "I don't mind the price because I use the free version."
  • "We are using its free version, and we are evaluating its Premium version. Its Ultimate version is very expensive."
  • "The price of GitLab could be better, it is expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of CAST Highlight are automation and speed.
    Top Answer:CAST Highlight is an expensive solution. On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap, and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing an eight or nine out of ten.
    Top Answer:The ease of configuration and customization could be improved in CAST Highlight.
    Top Answer:I find the features and version control history to be most valuable for our development workflow. These aspects provide us with a clear view of changes and help us manage requests efficiently.
    Top Answer:For small-scale usage, GitLab offers a free tier. For enterprise pricing, GitLab is more expensive than GitHub, as it's not as widely adopted. GitLab is the preferred choice for many developers… more »
    Top Answer:I believe there's room for improvement in the advanced features, particularly in enhancing the pipeline functionalities. Better integration and usability within the pipeline could make a significant… more »
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    CAST Highlight is a SaaS software intelligence product for performing rapid application portfolio analysis. It automatically analyzes source code of hundreds of applications in a week for Cloud Readiness, Software Composition Analysis (Open Source risks), Resiliency, and Technical Debt. Objective software insights from automated source code analysis combined with built-in qualitative surveys for business context enable more informed decision-making about application portfolios.

    CAST is the software intelligence category leader. CAST technology can see inside custom applications with MRI-like precision, automatically generating intelligence about their inner workings - composition, architecture, transaction flows, cloud readiness, structural flaws, legal and security risks. It’s becoming essential for faster modernization for cloud, raising the speed and efficiency of Software Engineering, better open source risk control, and accurate technical due diligence. CAST operates globally with offices in North America, Europe, India, China. Visit

    GitLab is a complete DevOps platform that enables teams to collaborate and deliver software faster. 

    It provides a single application for the entire DevOps lifecycle, from planning and development to testing, deployment, and monitoring. 

    With GitLab, teams can streamline their workflows, automate processes, and improve productivity.

    Sample Customers
    Wells Fargo, Bank of NY Mellon, Northern Trust, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, BMW, AT&T, US Army, US Air Force, US Navy, John Hancock, Marsh & McLennan, Ernst & Young, PwC, Volkswagen, Boston Consulting Group, London Stock Exchange, Telefonica, Saur France, Total Energies France, SNCF
    1. NASA  2. IBM  3. Sony  4. Alibaba  5. CERN  6. Siemens  7. Volkswagen  8. ING  9. Ticketmaster  10. SpaceX  11. Adobe  12. Intuit  13. Autodesk  14. Rakuten  15. Unity Technologies  16. Pandora  17. Electronic Arts  18. Nordstrom  19. Verizon  20. Comcast  21. Philips  22. Deutsche Telekom  23. Orange  24. Fujitsu  25. Ericsson  26. Nokia  27. General Electric  28. Cisco  29. Accenture  30. Deloitte  31. PwC  32. KPMG
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Insurance Company10%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Educational Organization25%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise47%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise34%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    CAST Highlight vs. GitLab
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about CAST Highlight vs. GitLab and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    CAST Highlight is ranked 10th in Software Composition Analysis (SCA) with 5 reviews while GitLab is ranked 6th in Software Composition Analysis (SCA) with 70 reviews. CAST Highlight is rated 7.8, while GitLab is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of CAST Highlight writes "Easy to set up with optimized and automated insights". On the other hand, the top reviewer of GitLab writes "Powerful, mature, and easy to set up and manage". CAST Highlight is most compared with SonarQube, Snyk, Veracode, Checkmarx One and Sonatype Lifecycle, whereas GitLab is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Bamboo, SonarQube, AWS CodePipeline and Tekton. See our CAST Highlight vs. GitLab report.

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