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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: May 2022).
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"GitLab is very useful for pipelines, continuous integration, and continuous deployment. It is also stable.""A user friendly solution.""We like that we can create branches and then the branches can be reviewed and you can mesh those branches back. You can independently work with your own branch, you don't need to really control the core of other people.""The stability is good.""We like that we can have an all-encompassing product and don't have to implement different solutions.""The scalability is good.""Of all available products, it was the easiest to use and easy to install.""GitLab offers a good interface for doing code reviews between two colleagues."

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"You can have test cases in DevOps but not in JIRA. And, DevOps has advantages in terms of executing those test cases.""We are able to generate many different types of reports from Azure.""The one thing that really stands out to me is how you can filter and how you can do your reporting and filter the tasks and everything by user.""What I like the most is the DevOps Boards. It's easy to create a hierarchical project structure, assign tasks to people, and to track their tasks.""They have been lately adding features to the services on a regular basis. Every two weeks, they are adding functionality to Azure DevOps Services to match it with what Azure DevOps Server or on-prem would offer. So, we continue to get more robust functionality. My favorite right now is that they are starting to open up the API availability within Azure DevOps Services. Another thing that I like about Azure DevOps is that you can use it with any of the products that are on the market. You can integrate it with Jenkins and other open-source products to complete that fully functional CI, CD, CT, CM, and CS pipeline. It continues to enhance.""Overall, so far we have no major issues to report.""The installation is very straightforward.""What I like the most about this product is that it's free and it's secure."

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"It can be free for commercial use.""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.""I would like to see static analysis also embedded in GitLab. That would also help us. If there's something that it does internally by GitLab and then that is already tied up with your pipeline and then it can tell you that you're coding is good or your code is not great. Based on that, it would pass or fail. That should be streamlined. I would think that would help to a greater extent, in terms of having one solution rather than depending on multiple vendors.""It should be used by a larger number of people. They should raise awareness.""Perhaps the integration could be better.""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.""The documentation could be improved to help newcomers better understand things like creating new branches.""The solution could improve by providing more integration into the CI/CD pipeline, an autocomplete search tool, and more supporting documentation."

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"The price could be lowered. It would be nice if it was cheaper.""Microsoft Azure DevOps could improve by having better integration with other email servers.""I think Azure DevOps could improve the traceability or business intelligence about the execution of DevOps processes.""They have to add more features such as schedules and more flexibility in the platform.""The user interface could be improved.""With the query feature, we have to group items, so it becomes difficult for everyone to understand it. It's easier in JIRA, which has filters and other query options.""The UI could be improved.""Being more technology-agnostic through ease of integration would be beneficial."

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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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  • "The price is cheaper than Jira and some of the other competing tools."
  • "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."
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    Top Answer:Of all available products, it was the easiest to use and easy to install.
    Top Answer:When I was hired (in 2020) they told me that they were using an open-source version. I'm not sure if that's still the case as it's a quite big company. Nowadays they should be using some kind of paid… more »
    Top Answer:The solution should be more cloud-native and have more cloud-native capabilities and features. It should be more GitOps-ready.
    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 22 reviews while Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 1st in Release Automation with 93 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 IT Business Management, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Rally Software. See our GitLab vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps report.

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