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Executive Summary
Updated on June 20, 2022

We compared Gitlab and Microsoft Azure DevOps based on our user’s reviews in four categories. After reviewing the collected data. you can find our conclusion below:

  • Ease of Deployment: Both solutions are relatively simple to deploy. Most users use Gitlab on the cloud, but it is very fast, taking a matter of minutes to deploy even while installing it. While most Microsoft users say the deployment was pretty simple, there were some difficulties when it came to migrating workloads to the cloud.

  • Features: According to users, some of the best features of Gitlab are the easy integration with other platforms and the user interface. The all-in-one product is an added advantage.

    Users value that Microsoft adds new features all the time. The integration of Azure Devops with Jenkins is deemed one of the best features, as is the built-in Power BI. Users also value the familiarity of Azure DevOps for Microsoft users. However, it is lacking in API capabilities.

  • Pricing: Some users find Gitlab to be very expensive. Microsoft users said that Azure DevOps is the least expensive product of its class, and the pricing is very reasonable for the features you get.

  • Service and Support: Microsoft has a lot of knowledge transfer and the support is excellent. They go out of their way for their users. Gitlab support, on the other hand, could be improved, and the response time needs to be faster.

Comparison Results - GitLab vs Azure DevOps:

All other things being equal, Microsoft Azure Devops seems to be a better choice, given that it has better support and is less expensive than Gitlab.

To learn more, read our detailed GitLab vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps report (Updated: July 2022).
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"GitLab's best features are maintenance, branch integration, and development infrastructure.""GitLab offers a good interface for doing code reviews between two colleagues.""This product is always evolving, and they listen to the customers.""A user friendly solution.""GitLab integrates well with other platforms.""GitLab is being used as a repository for our codebase and it is a one stop DevOps tool we use in our team.""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.""The most valuable feature of GitLab is its security."

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"It is a well-integrated product in terms of the development lifecycle.""DevOps is easy to use because we can arrange each task in a project and follow up with the testing, development, and business teams. We manage everything through this.""Typically the sprints themselves and managing the tasks have essentially eliminated our need for reporting.""Setting up Azure DevOps was straightforward. It's easy to use the default templates. Everything is under our control, so it's simple to implement new requirements.""Microsoft Azure DevOps integrates well with other components, such as Synapse, which is a data warehouse tool of Azure. It is a framework platform for BI and integrated with other tools, such as Power BI.""I found the Kanban board to be the most useful for my needs.""Provides agile management of projects.""It is a cloud-based system. So, it is stable and scalable."

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"In the free version, when a merge request is raised, there is no way to enforce certain rules. We can't enforce that this merge request must be reviewed or approved by two or three people in the team before it is pushed to the master branch. That's why we are exploring using some agents.""The price of GitLab could improve, it is high.""I would like more Agile features in the Premium version. The Premium version should have all Agile features that exist in the Ultimate version. IBM AOM has a complete Agile implementation, but in GitLab, you only have these features if you buy the Ultimate version. It would be good if we can use these in the Premium version.""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.""It would be better if there weren't any outages. There are occasions where we usually see a lot of outages using GitLab. It happens at least once a week or something like that. Whatever pipelines you're running, to check the logs, you need to have a different set of tools like Argus or something like that. If you have pipelines running on GitLab, you need a separate service deployed to view the logs, which is kind of a pain. If the logs can be used conveniently on GitLab, that would be definitely helpful. I'm not talking about the CI/CD pipelines but the back-end services and microservices deployed over GitLab. To view the logs for those microservices, you need to have separate log viewers, which is kind of a pain.""We'd like to see better integration with the Atlassian ecosystem.""It would be really good if they integrated more features in application security.""It can be free for commercial use."

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"We are currently in the process of moving all of our on-prem to the cloud platform. We are trying to make that move and host the majority of our DevOps services in the cloud because the cloud is where most of the things are going nowadays. However, the process of this transfer is not straightforward, and it could be a lot easier. Microsoft hasn't provided the maturity for migration tools. It could be a lot easier in that respect. I want to see them continue to advance the API capabilities. They could add some more robust functionality to the administrative layer within ADO services. There are a lot of configuration elements that you need to take care of at the organization level and the project configuration level from an administrative capacity. When you're dealing with process templates and things of that nature, you have to do them all manually. Being able to automate some of that using scripts or API functionality would be really nice.""The price could be lowered. It would be nice if it was cheaper.""Microsoft Azure DevOps could improve by providing better integration with other tools. It is very easy to integrate with Azure, but when you need to integrate with other solutions, such as Amazon Web Services, is difficult.""Reporting could be better. We would like to see how many applications are onboarded in DevOps and in which phase they are. We would like to know for how many applications we have done only the repository, but we have not yet done the build pipeline or deploy pipeline. Currently, there is no such report. We have to figure it out ourselves. There is no way to check how many applications are completing their build pipelines, how many applications are completing their deploy pipeline, how many are ready to use, and how many pipelines are working.""The portfolio is one area where DevOps has room for improvement. Built-in reporting and visualization also could be better. We're using Power BI and Tableau to compile more complex reports and dashboards. Azure DevOps has some out-of-the-box reporting capabilities, but they're very simple. It's usually okay on the team level, but if you have to run a complex report, it's difficult and insufficient, so we use Power BI as an extension.""It should be easier to manage Licenses especially because it's in the cloud.""I want DevOps to have more automated reminders about tasks that don't need management. We don't have reminders, so a project manager must track the tasks. It's not automatic.""As for improvement, the first one is pricing. For us, luckily because we are partners, it's free. Microsoft gold partners do not have to pay, but if you're not a partner, the product is very expensive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "It is the least expensive product in this class."
  • "I find that the pricing is good, and it is competitive with the other vendors in the market."
  • "Microsoft Azure DevOps is free for up to five users and allows you to track a maximum of three projects."
  • "It is a subscription model and I only pay for what I use."
  • "The price of this solution is fair."
  • "With Azure, you have to pay for every user."
  • "As a Microsoft Partner, you get a discount on the pricing. Licensing costs are around $80 a month for DevOps, but for Azure, it is about $200 a month."
  • "The price is reasonable, but of course, you can find others that are cheaper such as Atlassian."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:GitLab's best features are maintenance, branch integration, and development infrastructure.
    Top Answer:I can't speak to the exact cost or licensing structure. I don't deal with this aspect of the product.
    Top Answer:I'm not sure of the complete capabilities of the tool as I don't use it that much. Perhaps the integration could be better.
    Top Answer:Jira is a great centralized tool for just about everything, from local team management to keeping track of products and work logs. It is easy to implement and navigate, and it is stable and scalable… more »
    Top Answer:TFS and Azure DevOps are different in many ways. TFS was designed for admins, and only offers incremental improvements. In addition, TFS seems complicated to use and I don’t think it has a very… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is automation with version control.
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    Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps
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    GitLab is a single application with features for the whole software development and operations (DevOps) lifecycle.

    Microsoft Azure DevOps is a cloud service that enables developers to collaborate on code development projects and create and deploy applications quicker than ever before. The service helps unite developers, project managers, and software development experts through a collaborative experience while using the application. For the users' convenience, Azure DevOps offers the user cloud services through Azure DevOps Services or an on-premises service using Azure DevOps Server. In addition, it supports integration with additional services and adding extensions, including the ability for the user to create their own custom extensions. 

    Azure DevOps provides a variety of unified features that can be accessed through their web browser or IDE client, such as:

    • Azure Pipelines - Develop and deploy services to support ongoing application integration and delivery. Azure pipelines, which work with almost every project type and most languages, will automatically test code projects in order to make them available to others.

    • Azure Artifacts - Share packages and integrate package sharing between teams. Packages include NuGet, npm, and Maven, in addition to other private and public sources. Developers can now share and consume packages with other developers from different public registries.

    • Azure Repos - Offers source control of your code through Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) or Git repositories. Developers can now keep track of any changes that are made in their code over the course of their project.

    • Azure Test Plans - Offers continuous and manual/exploratory app testing through several tools. Test Suites, or a collection of Test Cases, are grouped together in a container called a Test Plan.

    • Azure Boards - Provides a suite of Agile tools to track work, support planning, code defects, and general issues while using Kanban and Scrum software. Teams are in need of tools that are flexible and will help them grow. Azure Boards is a service that helps developers manage their software projects. 

    Benefits of Microsoft Azure DevOps

    Microsoft Azure DevOps offers many benefits, including:

    • A quick setup and easy deployment
    • An elastic scale
    • Exceptional security
    • No-maintenance operations
    • Effortless collaboration through domains
    • The ability to create and deploy products faster than traditional software

    Reviews from Real Users

    Microsoft Azure DevOps stands out among its competitors for a variety of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to forecast how long each task will take and the ability for users to follow the entire development process.

    PeerSpot viewers note the effectiveness of this solution. An executive chief operating officer for a cloud provider notes, “We can forecast tasks and the number of hours a task will take and can compare it with how long a task actually takes.” 

    Carlos H., a product and system director at SPCM, writes, “I think the most usable thing is that you can follow the whole progress of the development process. This makes it very useful for us.”

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    GitLab is ranked 3rd in Release Automation with 25 reviews while Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 1st in Release Automation with 91 reviews. GitLab is rated 8.2, while Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of GitLab writes "A double-sided solution for both DevOps and version management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure DevOps writes "Robust functionality, good integration, continually enhanced, and easy to scale". GitLab is most compared with TeamCity, Tekton, Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle, AWS CodePipeline and GoCD, whereas Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with Jira, TFS, ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Rally Software. See our GitLab vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps report.

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