Octopus Deploy offers a safe, repeatable, reliable solution for automating deployments. Developed to successfully take over where CI (Continous Integration) server ends, Octopus Deploy makes it as simple as possible for you to automate even the most complicated on-premises and/or cloud app deployments.
To start off with, you should know that Octopus Deploy just fine with both cloud and local-based apps for both .NET and Java. In short, if you can package the app, Octopus can deploy it with the least amount of hassle involved. It’s also important to pint out that Octopus is source control agnostic and features full integration with repository/version control services such as Git, GitHub, TFS/VSO and Subversion.
A dependable automation and deployment server app that does its job right
Let’s take, for example, the situation where you build the binaries once, but you want to deploy and promote then many times. Octopus Deploy can help you do that while also ensuring that what goes to production is exactly what has been tested. Thanks to integration with popular build servers (which take care of build and unit testing) the app is mostly specialized on the whole deployment procedure. This interesting functionality mix makes Octopus Deploy a very well suited app for enterprise environments.
In addition, the app makes it simple for you to deploy your ASP.NET to Windows Services, your Java apps to JBoss/WildFly and Tomcat, and even reliably package and deploy Node.js server apps. Database migrations from SQL Server, Oracle, and many others is also something that Octopus Deploy can help you with. Last but not least, it’s worth mentioning that the app also supports a wide array of scripting languages like Powershell, C#, Bash, and F#.
It might be necessary to take a few minutes and read the documentation
While, at least at first, all this may seem somewhat complicated, you will be happy to hear that getting to grips with this utility is not exactly difficult, although we admit, you should take a couple of minutes of your precious time and read the provided documentation section on the developer’s website. Therefore, the popular Getting Started guide is the perfect place to start for newbies.
The app can be installed in mere seconds, and upon first launching the app, you should be greeted by a configuration wizard. Only when you go through the configuration process, you can get access to the app’s main interface.
Easy configuration process
Using the credentials specified in the above-described configuration process, you need to log in the Octopus Web Portal with the help of your default web browser.
From this point onwards, things should become even more straightforward, and you can easily create new environments, add machines, create new projects and, ultimately, deploy them.
Forget all about having to manually copy and edit configuration files when deploying Windows apps
While Octopus Deploy has been around for just a couple of years, by now, it should be quite evident why it is now one of the most popular automation and deployment server for .NET and Java apps.
With the help of its specialized tools and relatively user-friendly environment, the utility streamlines the process of deploying apps and websites to a great extent and, ultimately, frees up a lot of useful time for you. Gone are the days when you would deploy your apps on a Friday evening, and you had your fingers crossed while hoping for the best!
We would also like to point out that Octopus Deploy offers all these services and a web portal to help you deploy apps, but it should be accompanied by its next-of-kin application Octopus Deploy Tentacle that needs to be installed on all the machines you want to deploy your apps to.
Features of Octopus Deploy:
1. Promote releases between environments
Octopus deploy takes care of your dev, QA, acceptance testing and production deployments. Limit who can deploy to production, ensure releases have been tested first, schedule deployments for later tonight, or block promotion of broken releases.
2. Repeatable & reliable deployments
For each release, you’ll build your binaries once but deploy and promote them many times, ensuring that what goes to production is exactly what you just tested.
3. Complex deployments made easy
High level deployment steps for .NET, Java and other platforms, the ability to run custom scripts, management of sensitive variables, and advanced deployment patterns means Octopus can simplify even the most complicated application deployments.
4. Intuitive, easy to use dashboard
Tired of being asked what version of the app is in test today, or not sure if last night’s staging deployment was successful? Octopus radiates information, telling your team at a glance what’s deployed where.