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

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  • "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."
  • "I'm not aware of the licensing costs because those were covered by the customer."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The orchestration, building the release, and then just executing it and managing that pipeline — the orchestration capabilities are great for that.
    Top Answer:It's all subscription-based, based on the number of users. I don't know of any additional costs. I don't think it had any additional costs. We may have had to spit up a server or something, slicing… more »
    Top Answer:The backfill could be improved, we could automate that. Right now it's subjective — it's up to the lead developer's memory to remember to backfill. Overall, the price is just too high; especially… more »
    Top Answer:The most important features of GitLab for us are issue management and all the CI/CD tools. Another aspect that I love about GitLab is the UI.
    Top Answer:In total, I believe we have more than 300 licenses spread over about 100 users, though I can't comment on the costs involved.
    Top Answer:For as long as I have used GitLab, I haven't encountered any major limitations. However, I think that perhaps the search functionality could be better. The main shortcoming is that with some parts of… more »
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    Also Known As
    XL Release, XebiaLabs XL Release
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    Automate, orchestrate, and gain visibility into your release pipelines at scale using Release, a release management tool that is designed for enterprises. Control and track releases, standardize processes, and bake compliance and security into your software release pipelines.

    GitLab is an open-source code repository and application code development platform that aims to simplify the process of software development through to the eventual product release and upgrade. It contains all of the tools that developers need to take control of every stage of the software development process. GitLab makes it easy for teams to create checklists that they can follow when they begin to write the code and do other tasks that are critical to the success of their project. GitLab also enables organizations to automate the shipping of software code to those servers that they need to get to without requiring human intervention.

    GitLab Benefits

    Some of the ways that organizations can benefit by deploying GitLab include:

    • Easy solution configuration. GitLab does not require organizations to devote significant time and other resources to bringing it online. It can be quickly installed by a business’s IT team to any device or cloud that is most convenient for them. IT teams can install it using either GUI installer or a command line installer, depending on what is more convenient for them.
    • Source code storage and management security. Developers can use GitLab to control who is able to access the source code that they are working on and manage the security of the location where the code is being stored. Gitlab makes it so that users get to decide the privacy status of their code and storage. This keeps unauthorized individuals from gaining access to their sensitive and proprietary code.
    • DevOps feedback. GitLab gives users the ability to learn from what they are doing and improve their DevOps practices. It will assign to their DevOps pipeline scores that can enable them to see where they might be lacking and do better.

    GitLab Features

    • Secret detection customization. Users can set GitLab to scan for sensitive data that might have accidentally been stored with the source code under development. Users can set custom parameters and discover at-risk data before it can be leaked.
    • Custom notifications. This feature makes it easy for developers to keep track of the changes that are being applied to their projects. They can set GitLab so that it sends them a notification when changes are made. These notifications can be customized to meet the developer's specific needs.
    • Built-in CI/CD capabilities. Users are able to build, test, and deploy their software without turning to outside integrations. The CI/CD automation is built-in so that all of these functions can be easily automated as necessary.

    Reviews from Real Users

    GitLab is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Two major advantages it offers are the overall completeness of the solution and the way that it enables application developers to work on various parts of a given project simultaneously.

    Kulbhushan M., co-founder and technical architect at Think NYX Technologies LLP, writes, “The SaaS setup is impressive, and it has DAST solutions. It also has dependency check and scanning mechanisms. If we were using other solutions, they would have to be configured, and we would have to set them to us as a third party, but GitLab is straightforward. GitLab is a single solution that helps us do everything we need.”

    Zeeshan R., a software engineer at OZ, writes, “The best thing is that as the developers work on separate tasks, all of the code goes there and the other team members don't have to wait on each other to finish. We can all work on our code in tandem.”

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    Sample Customers
    3M, GE, John Deere, Deutsche Telekom, Cable & Wireless, Xerox, and Société Générale, Liberty Mutual, EA, Rabobank
    Siemens, University of Washington, Equinix, Paessler AG, CNCF, Ticketmaster, CERN, Vaadin
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Insurance Company10%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Company Size
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Build Automation
    November 2022
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    656,474 professionals have used our research since 2012. Release is ranked 15th in Build Automation while GitLab is ranked 1st in Build Automation with 47 reviews. Release is rated 0.0, while GitLab is rated 8.6. On the other hand, the top reviewer of GitLab writes "Powerful, mature, and easy to set up and manage". Release is most compared with Jenkins, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Deploy, Bamboo and Chef, whereas GitLab is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, TeamCity, Tekton, AWS CodePipeline and Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle.

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