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"Stable and scalable configuration management and automation tool. Installing it is easy. Its most valuable feature is its compliance, e.g. it's very good."

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"Jenkins is very stable.""We are using the open-source version and there is a lot of plugins and features that are available and it works on agents for free. In other solutions, it will cost extra to use them with the agent.""Jenkins can be used for elastic management, if you have any sensitive data or credentials you can use them across the environment. Additionally, the solution is easy to use and can be used across multiple use cases.""The initial setup is simple.""GitHub linking is pretty good. We have a deployment application where we can run our tests and add various variables to be passed as assertions to those tests. This is pretty fluid with Jenkins.""Jenkins is a very mature product.""The most valuable features of Jenkins are creating builds, and connecting them with Sonar for Sonar analysis. Additionally, we connect it with other vulnerability tools, such as WhiteSource which is useful.""Has a good interface, is reliable and saves time."

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Cons
"Support and pricing for Chef could be improved."

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"Some kind of SaaS product would be helpful in providing organizational structure.""The enterprise version is less stable than the open-source version.""The documentation could be more friendly, and more examples of how to use it.""There is no way for the cloud repositories to trigger Jenkins.""For this solution to be a 10, it has to be a lot more stable. Maybe the public version of Jenkins is stable, but in our case it's not stable.""It could be cheaper.""A more user-friendly UI for creating pipelines would be helpful.""The UI of Jenkins could improve."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Pricing for Chef is high."
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  • "There is no cost. It is open source."
  • "The solution is one of the lowest costs compared to competitors."
  • "It could be cheaper because there are many solutions available in the market. We are paying yearly."
  • "Jenkins is a free open-source server."
  • "We are using the free version of Jenkins. There is not a license required to use the solution because it is open-source."
  • "We are using the freeware version of Jenkins."
  • "We are using the free version of Jenkins. There are no costs or licensing."
  • "Jenkins is a free solution, it is open source."
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    Top Answer:Stable and scalable configuration management and automation tool. Installing it is easy. Its most valuable feature is its compliance, e.g. it's very good.
    Top Answer:Pricing for Chef can be relatively high for some customers but, if we consider the benefits it provides, we can say that it is a reasonable price. . Customers need to pay for the license of the tool… more »
    Top Answer:Support and pricing for Chef could be improved.
    Top Answer:When you are evaluating tools for automating your own GitOps-based CI/CD workflow, it is important to keep your requirements and use cases in mind. Tekton deployment is complex and it is not very easy… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Jenkins are creating builds, and connecting them with Sonar for Sonar analysis. Additionally, we connect it with other vulnerability tools, such as WhiteSource which is… more »
    Top Answer:We are using the free version of Jenkins. There are no costs or licensing.
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    Overview

    Chef, is the leader in DevOps, driving collaboration through code to automate infrastructure, security, compliance and applications. Chef provides a single path to production making it faster and safer to add value to applications and meet the demands of the customer. Deployed broadly in production by the Global 5000 and used by more than half of the Fortune 500, Chef develops 100 percent of its software as open source under the Apache 2.0 license with no restrictions on its use. Chef Enterprise Automation Stack™, a commercial distribution, is developed solely from that open source code and unifies security, compliance, infrastructure and application automation with observability. Chef provides an unequaled developer experience for the Coded Enterprise by enabling users to express infrastructure, security policies and the application lifecycle as code, modernizing development, packaging and delivery of any application to any platform. For more information, visit http://chef.io and follow @chef.

    Jenkins is an award-winning application that monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or jobs run by cron.

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    Sample Customers
    Facebook, Standard Bank, GE Capital, Nordstrom, Optum, Barclays, IGN, General Motors, Scholastic, Riot Games, NCR, Gap
    Airial, Clarus Financial Technology, cubetutor, Metawidget, mysocio, namma, silverpeas, Sokkva, So Rave, tagzbox
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    Non Tech Company14%
    Legal Firm14%
    Retailer14%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
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    Financial Services Firm33%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Media Company13%
    Retailer7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Company Size
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise63%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise70%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise59%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Chef is ranked 9th in Build Automation with 1 review while Jenkins is ranked 2nd in Build Automation with 27 reviews. Chef is rated 7.0, while Jenkins is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Chef writes "Easy to install configuration management and automation tool with a good compliance feature". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Jenkins writes "We can do whatever we want and customize as much as we wish to in any programming language". Chef is most compared with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Microsoft Azure DevOps, BigFix and BMC TrueSight Server Automation, whereas Jenkins is most compared with Tekton, Bamboo, IBM Rational Build Forge, AWS CodePipeline and GNU Make.

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